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SIR JOHN FROISSART Chronicles of England, France, Spain and the adjoining countries from the latter part of the reign of Edward II to the coronation of Henry IV. Vol.11

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SIR JOHN FROISSART
Chronicles of England, France, Spain and the adjoining countries from the latter part of the reign of Edward II to the coronation of Henry IV. Vol.11
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loi and another knight, dicing llieî kkgtsr.ft^y ^ Dublin, had been there. They eitteredit at'fun* fet, remained there the whole night, andL came ojat at fun-rife the next morning. ; I requefted he would tell me whether he faw all the marvel-lous things which are faid to be jfeen there. He made me the following anfwer : c When I and my companion had paffed flie entrance of the cave, cave. Here they obferve a twenty.four hours faft, tatting only a little _ water, and, upon quitting it, bathe in the lake, and fo conclude the folemnity. , The original preparatory faft, as wé learn from Matthew Paris, was fifteen days, and as long after quitting the cave, out ot which all who entered did not return. « Leave being firft obtained bf the bifliop of the diocefetht prior reprefentcd to the penitents all the horror and difficulty of the undertaking, fuggefting to them at the fame time an eafier penance. If they perfevered in their refolution, they were conducted to the door with a proceffion from the convent, and, after twenty-four hours confinement, let out next morning with the like ceternqny. _ In this reeefs, enlightened only by a kind of twilight, which discovered a field and hall, Owen was • firft vifned by fifteen perfons clothed in white, like reli-gious newly fhorn, Who encouraged him againft the horrid fceoes that were next to prefent themfelves to his-view. They were fucceeded by troops of demons, who begala with laying him ou a bufning pile, which he foon extinguifhed, by pro* Bouncing the name of Chrift. They then dragged htm through the feveral fceries of torment, where the wicked fuflered all the variety of tortures of ancient Tartarus ; and, Handing proof againft all thefe horrors, he was favoured with a full view and defcnptkm of : paradife, by two venerable prelates, • who refufed to let Jiim flay there. He met with the fame de-mons and monks as he went out of the cave, after which he vifited the holy fepulchre, and, at his return,' taking upon kira the habit, aflifted in fouadmg Befmagovcifth ' abbey ,~ : " K 2 called


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