An evil spirit who assaulted St. Margaret of Cortona (died
1297), but was overcome by her. On being asked by St. Margaret
who he was and whence he came, he replied
‘‘My name is Veltis, and I am one of those whom Solomon
by virtue of his spells, confined in a copper cauldron at Babylon,
but when the Babylonians, in the hope of finding treasure
dug up the cauldron and opened it, we all made our escape.
Since that time our efforts have been directed to the destruction
of righteous persons, and I have long been striving to turn
thee from the course thou hast embraced.’’

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