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BLOSS C.A. Heroines of the Crusades

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BLOSS C.A.
Heroines of the Crusades
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v pasture, and bridled with the scourge that he wore about his loins. 'Cheer up, holy father,' said he, '.heaven has scmt thee help in time of trouble. I will walk by thy side, and we will soon prove to yonder heartless drones that the last 6hall be first.' In reply to my remonstrance, lie added, with a misbelieving smile, ' Nay, is it not written, " The wealth of the wicked is laid up for the just," yon savage Mag3Tar may rejoice in the happy chance which enables him to send a substitute to the holy city.' " Upon my positive refusal to mount, he stood for a mo-ment irresolute, and then, with a smile, 'twixt jest and earnest, fell upon one knee before me, saying, ' Gra'inercy, good monk, I would crave thy blessing and absolution for this sin ere we part, for since thou wilt not accept the bounty of heaven, I must e'en take it myself.' Observing my hes-itation, he rose hastily, saying, ' It boots not, 'tis but a few lashes more, and my shoulders are well able to bear them. Adieu, holy father, I grieve that thy conscience stands in the way of thy advancement,' and springing upon the res-tive beast, he was away with the swiftness of the wind." " Nay, methinks I should have been less scrupulous," said William, laughing. " The fellow's dexterity merited ab-solution." Ingulfus resumed, " Sick and alone, and much cast down in spirit, I stretched myself upon the grass, and looked only for death, but He who suffers not even a sparrow to fall without his notice, had compassion upon me, and sent a good Samaritan to my relief. Korshah, the noble Magyar, returning from the chase, came where I was, and seeing my low estate, gave his servants charge concerning me, to con-vey me to his own castle, where I tarried for above the Space of a month, till my bruised feet were healed, and my broken health restored." • " It was a deed of Christian charity. I would fain learn something of this strange people," said Adela; "do they observe the rites of our church "At the beginning of the present century," replied In-gulfus, "St. Stephen, the Alfred of his nation, divided the HEROINES OF THE CRUSADES.


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