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13. Now that the vintage vacation was ended, I gave notice to the citizens of
Milan that they might provide their scholars with another word-merchant. I gave
as my reasons my determination to serve thee and also my insufficiency for the
task, because of the difficulty in breathing and the pain in my chest.
And by letters I notified thy bishop, the holy man Ambrose,
of my former errors and my present resolution. And I asked
his advice as to which of thy books it was best for me to
read so that I might be the more ready and fit for the reception
of so great a grace. He recommended Isaiah the prophet;
and I believe it was because Isaiah foreshows more clearly
than others the gospel, and the calling of the Gentiles.
But because I could not understand the first part and because
I imagined the rest to be like it, I laid it aside with
the intention of taking it up again later, when better practiced
in our Lord's words.