On the Ruin and Conquest of Britain
if the same people shall repent from their offence, I will also repent of the evil which I have said that I would do unto them." And again, " Who will give them such an heart, that they may hear me, and keep my commandments, and that it may be well with them all the days of their lives." And also in the Canticle of Deuteronomy, " A people without counsel and prudence, I wish they would be wise, and understand, and foresee the last of all, how one pursueth a thousand and two put to flight ten thousand." And again, our Lord in the gospel, " Come unto me, all ye who do labour and are burdened, and I will make you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me, because I am meek and humble of heart, and ye shall find repose for your souls." For if thou turn a deaf ear to these admonitions, contemn the prophets, and despise Christ, and make no account of us, humble though we be, so long as with sincere piety and purity of mind we bear in mind that saying of the prophet, that we may not be found, " Dumb dogs, not able to bark ;" (however I for my part may not be of that singular fortitude, in the spirit and virtue of our Lord, as to declare, " To the house of Jacob their sins, and the house of Israel their offences ;") and so long as we shall remember that of Solomon, "H e who says that the wicked are just, shall be accursed among the people, and odious to nations, for they who
reprove them shall have better hopes." And again, " Respect, not with reverence thy neighbour in his ruin, nor forbear to speak in time of salvation." And as long also as we forget not this, " Root out those who are led to death, and forbear not to redeem them who are murdered ;" because, as the same prophet says, " Riches shall not profit in the day of wrath, but justice delivereth from death." And, " If the just indeed be hardly saved, where shall the wicked and sinner appear ? If, as I said, thou scorn us, who obey these texts, the dark flood of hell shall without doubt eternally drown thee in that deadly whirlpool, and those terrible streams of fire that shall ever torment and never consume thee* and then shall the confession of thy pains and sorrow for thy sins be altogether too late and unprofitable to one, who now in this accepted time and day of salvation deferreth his conversion to a more righteous way of life.
§ 37. And here, indeed, if not before, was this lamentable