When the raven had flown away, Well, quoth Paul, the Lord hath sent us our dinner. Truly he is gracious; truly he is merciful. It is now sixty years that I have had half a loaf of bread every day, but now that thou art come, Christ giveth his soldiers double rations. Then they asked a blessing, and ate together, sitting by a spring. When they were refreshed, they returned thanks, as is the custom, and afterwards spent the whole night praising God. At break of day Paul felt the approach of death, and desired Anthony to bring the cloak which Athanasius had given him, to use for his winding-sheet. While Anthony was on his way back from this journey, he saw in a vision the soul of Paul ascending to heaven, surrounded by choirs of angels, and accompanied by the Prophets and Apostles.
When Anthony reached the cell of Paul, he found the dead body of the Saint in a kneeling posture, with the head thrown up and the hands stretched out towards heaven. He immediately began to chant the psalms and hymns ordained by Christian tradition, while he wrapped the the body in the cloak of Athanasius. He had no spade to dig a grave, but two lions came racing from the desert, as though to attent the burying, and scratched a hole big enough to hold a man's body, with their paws, shewing meanwhile such signs of grief as their nature alloweth. When they were gone away, Anthony put the holy body in this hole, covered it with earth, and arranged it like a Christian's grave. He took away for himself Paul's tunic, which he had woven out of the palm-leaves somewhat after the manner of basket-work, and this tunic Anthony was in the habit of wearing on the great days of Easter and Pentecost as long as he lived.