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GILDAS On the Ruin and Conquest of Britain

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GILDAS
On the Ruin and Conquest of Britain
page 65



358 THE WORKS OF GILDÀS. [sac. 81, 82L talking, and yet ye have not heard me, and I have called you, and yet ye have not answered, I will so deal towards this house, wherein my name is now called upon, and wherein ye have confidence, and to this place which I have given unto you, and to your fathers, as I have done to Shilo, and I will cast you away from my countenance." § 81. And again : "My children have departed from me, and have no abiding, and there is none who any more pitcheth my tent, and advanceth my pavilion : for the pastors have dealt fondly and not sought out our Lord. Wherefore they have not understood, and their flock hath been dispersed." And a little after : " What is the matter that my beloved hath in my houses committed many offences ? shall the holy flesh take away thy maliciousness from thee, wherein thou hast glorified ? our Lord shall call thy name a plentiful, fair, fruitful, goodly olive ; at the sound of the speech a mightyfire hath been inflamed in her, and her orchards have been quite consumed therewith." And again : " Come ye to me, and be ye gathered together, all ye beasts of the earth, make haste to devour. Many pastors have thrown down my vine, they have trampled my part under foot, they have given over my portion which was well worthy to be desired, into a desert of solitariness." And again he speaketh : " Thus saith our Lord unto this people, which have loved to move their feet, and not rested, nor yet pleased our Lord ; now shall he remember their iniquities and visit their offences. Prophets say unto them, Ye shall not see the sword, and there shall be no famine among you, but our Lord shall give true peace unto you in this place. And our Lord hath said unto me, The prophets do falsely foretell in my name ; I have not sent them, nor laid my commandment on them ; they prophesy unto you a lying vision, and divination together with deceitfulness, and the seducement of their own hearts. And therefore thus saith our Lord : In sword and famine shall those prophets be consumed ; and the people to whom they have prophesied shall by means of the famine and sword be cast out into the streets of Jerusalem, and there shall be none to bury them." § 82. And moreover : " Woe be to the pastors who destroy and rend in pieces the flock of my pasture, saith our Lord. Thus, therefore, saith our Lord God of Israel, unto


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