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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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ecc. 62.1 SOLOMON. within some words afterwards : " And all nations shall understand, that the house of Israel are led captive away for their offences, because they have forsaken me. And ! have turned my face from them, and yielded them over into the hands of their enemies, and all have perished by the sword ; according unto their unclean Bins, and after their iniquities have I dealt with them, and turned my face away from them." § 62. This which I have spoken may suffice concerning the threats of the holy prophets : only I have thought it necessary to intermingle in this little work of mine, not only these menaces, but also a few words borrowed out of the wisdom of Solomon, to declare unto kings matters of exhortation or instruction, that they may not say I am willing to load the shoulders of men with heavy and insupportable burdens of words, but not so much as once with mine own finger (that is, with speech of consolation) to move the same. Let us therefore hear what the prophet hath spoken to rule us. " Love justice," saith he, " ye that judge the earth." This testimony alone (if it were with a full and perfect heart observed) would abundantly suffice to reform the governors of our country. For if they had loved justice, they would also love God, who is in a sort the fountain and original of all justice. " Serve our Lord in goodness, and seek him in simplicity of heart." Alas ! who shall live (as a certain one before us hath said) when such things are done by our countrymen, if perchance they may be any where accomplished ? " Because he is found of those who do not tempt him, he appeareth truly to them who have faith in him." For these men without respect do tempt God, whose commandments with stubborn despite they contemn, neither yet do they keep to him their faith, unto whose oracles be they pleasing, or somewhat severe, they turn their backs and not their faces. " For perverse thoughts do separate from God," and this in the tyrants of our time very plainly appeareth. But why doth our meanness intermeddle in this so manifest a determination ? Let therefore him who alone is true (as we have said) speak for us, I mean the Holy Ghost, of whom it is now pronounced, " The Holy Ghost verily will avoid the counterfeiting of discipline." And again, " Because the Spirit of God hath filled the globe of the earth." And after

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