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BLOSS C.A. Heroines of the Crusades


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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Heroines of the Crusades
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suit of a crown which constantly tempted, but eluded the grasp.' First I missed Stephen from my side, then Robert disappeared, and at last I sank down among myriads of wretches perishing of thirst. I woke in terror, and it was long ere I could compose myself again to rest. Whether I slept again I know not, but as I lay gazing into the depths of the heavens, my vision seemed to pierce beyond the stars ; and from the uttermost distance came one winging his way past the bright orbs, till he stood within the case-ment, the impersonation of my lover. ' " My scarf lay upon his breast, and his right hand held out to me an urn, pure as though formed of consolidated light, upon whose amethystine entablature was engraven Human Love. As I extended my hand, and clasped the precious treasure, the shattered inscription fell to dust in the vase. I raised my eyes,—he threw a pitying smile upon me, and immediately there sprang up from the ashes a celestial flower, and as each living petal unfolded, there floated off a radiant line of light bearing the sacred words Divine Love, till the whole air was filled with redolence and beauty. " The ringing of the matin chimes recalled me to con-sciousness, and my bright vision was absorbed by the flood of glory which the morning sun poured into the apartment. " Thou saidst truth !" exclaimed Maude. " Thy dream is a reality ; for in the ashes of Human Love, the Divine plants the sweetest hopes of existence." The long sealed fountain of Adela's tears began to flow, and as the gracious drops distilled from her surcharged heart, and her paralyzed sensibilities felt once more the bliss of emotion, the strong, proud woman, became gentle and humble as a child. " Maude," said she, clasping her hands in gratitude, " there was ever a mystery about thee. I had thought to wear out my life in sad penance, and thou hast opened to me a source of happy contemplation : henceforth mydesert future, fertilized by the sweet waters that have gushed 114 HEROINES OF THE CRUSADES.

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