Chapter III.—Ignatius sails to
Wherefore, with great alacrity and joy,
through his desire to suffer, he came down from Antioch to Seleucia, from
which place he set sail. And after a great deal of suffering he came to
Smyrna, where he disembarked with great joy, and hastened to see the holy
Polycarp, [formerly] his fellow-disciple, and [now] bishop of Smyrna. For
they had both, in old times, been disciples of St. John the Apostle.
Being then brought to him, and having communicated to him some spiritual
gifts, and glorying in his bonds, he entreated of him to labour14151415 along with him for the
fulfilment of his desire; earnestly indeed asking this of the whole
Church (for the cities and Churches of Asia had welcomed14161416
the holy man through their bishops, and presbyters, and deacons, all
hastening to meet him, if by any means they might receive from him
some14171417 spiritual gift), but above all, the holy
Polycarp, that, by means of the wild beasts, he soon disappearing from
this world, might be manifested before the face of Christ.