Who he is he will not tell, save that his name is Severinus, a right noble name without doubt.
Severinus was asked for his prayers, as a means of deliverance from the plague.
Probably it was on account of Osuin's age that Severinus was associated with him.
Severinus, he said, was his name; a name which indicated high rank, as did the manners and the scholarship of him who bore it.
In vain the barbarian pretended indignant innocence; Severinus sent him away with fresh warnings.
Severinus, like some old Hebrew prophet, did not shrink from advising hard blows, where hard blows could avail.
Severinus left the town at once, prophesying, it was said, the very day and hour of its fall.
Nevertheless, there Severinus stayed till men began to appreciate him; and called him, and not unjustly, Saint.
On that day Severinus, Bishop of Cologne, asked his archdeacon if he heard any sounds in the air.
And Severinus was then informed that these were the songs of angels as they carried Martin up to heaven.