Mercury, a Roman Christian to whom Paul sends greetings (Rom. 16: 14). Some suppose him to have been the author of the celebrated religious romance called The Shepherd, but it is very probable that that work is the production of a later generation.
Paulus obeyed his wish and then went with hermas to the top of the tower to spy the distance from thence.
"Let me alone about the women," answered hermas, with genuine annoyance.
In his right hand he held the lamp, in his left hermas' sheepskin.
She was hidden by the mill-stones, but she could see hermas lost in admiration.
She had heard the court-yard gate open, and had recognized hermas' step.
"In the fishing-village at the foot of the mountain," replied hermas.
Indirectly, too, hermas tended to keep alive the idea of the Christian prophet, even after Montanism had helped to discredit it.
While he was painfully blowing the charcoal hermas came up to him.
By a strenuous effort hermas kept his place on the frail platform, clinging to the unbroken rein.
He married his slave-girl to another youth, and hermas was set free.