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Luther’s Mighty Pen

An impressive dream given to Frederick, the Elector of Saxony, foreshadowed the role of an unknown monk’s pen.

By J. A. Wylie

On the night preceding the memorable day on which Luther affixed his 95 Theses to the door of the castle-church of Wittenberg, the elector Frederick of Saxony had an impressive dream. On the morning of October 31, 1517, the elector told it to his brother, Duke John, who was then residing with him at his palace of Schweinitz, six leagues (approx. 20 miles) from Wittenberg.

“Brother, I must tell you a dream which I had last night, and the meaning of which I should like much to know. It is so deeply impressed on my mind that I will never forget it, were I to live a thousand years. For I dreamed it thrice, and each time with new circumstances.”

Duke John: “Is it a good or a bad dream?”

The Elector: “I know not; God knows.”

Duke John: “Don’t be uneasy at it; but be so good as to tell it to

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