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GILDAS On the Ruin and Conquest of Britain


Sir John Froissart's Chronicles of England, France, Spain and the Ajoining Countries from the latter part of the reign of Edward II to the coronation of Henry IV in 12 volumes 

Chronicles of Enguerrand De Monstrelet (Sir John Froissart's Chronicles continuation) in 13 volumes 

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On the Ruin and Conquest of Britain
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he might accomplish a precept of Christ, agreeable to this saying, Thy right eye, if it cause thee to offend, ought to be pulled out ; and another of the prophet, That he is accursed who withholdeth his sword from shedding blood ? Who is he that like Joseph, hath rooted out of his heart the remembrance of an offered injury ? Who is he that like Moses, speaking with our Lord in the mountain, and not there terrified with the sounding trumpets, hath in a figurative sense presented unto the incredulous people the two tables, and his horned face which they could not endure to see, but trembled to behold ? Which of them, praying for the offences of the people, has from the very bottom of his heart cried out, like unto him, saying : " Ο Lord this people hath committed a grievous sin, which if thou wilt forgive them, forgive it ; otherwise blot me guilty out of thy book ?w § 70. Which of them, inflamed with the admirable zeal of God, hath courageously risen to punish fornication, curing without delay by the present medicine of penance, the affection of filthy lust, lest the fire of the wrath of God should otherwise consume the people, as Fhineas the priest did, that by these means justice for ever might be reputed unto him ? Which of them hath in moral understanding imitated Joshua, the son of Nun, either for the utter rooting forth, even to the slaughter of the last and least of all, the seven nations out of the land of promise, or for the establishing of spiritual Israel in their places ? Which of them hath showed unto the people of God their final bounds beyond Jordan that it might be known what was suited to every tribe, in such sort as the aforenamed Phineas and Jesus have wisely divided the land ? Who is he that to overthrow the innumerable thousands of Gentiles, adversaries to the chosen people of GOO!, hath, as another Jephtha, for a votive and propitia* tory sacrifice, slain his own daughter (by which is to be understood his own proper will), imitating also therein the apostle, saying, " îfot seeking what is profitable to me, but to many, that they may be saved ? which daughter of his met the conquerors with drums and dances, by which are to be understood the lustful desires of the flesh ? Which of them, that he might disorder, put to flight, and overthrow the camps of the proud Gentiles, by the number of three hundred, (being, as we before said, the mystery of the blessed

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