ALFRED THE GREAT
Alfred the Great, who died in the year 900, was of a most amiable disposition, and we would hope, of genuine piety. During his retreat at Athelney, in Somersetshire, after his defeat by the Danes, a beggar came to his little castle, and requested alms. His Queen informed Alfred that they had but one small loaf remaining, which was insufficient for themselves and their friends, who were gone in search for food, though with little hope of success. The King replied, “Give the poor man one half of the loaf. He that could feed five thousand with five loaves and two fishes, can certainly make the half loaf suffice for more than our necessity.” The poor man was accordingly relieved ,and Alfred’s people shortly after returned with a store of fresh provisions.