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Roger De Hoveden The Annals vol.1., From A.D. 732 To A.D. 1180.

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Roger De Hoveden
The Annals vol.1., From A.D. 732 To A.D. 1180.
page 314



A.D . 1167. LETTER OF THE SUFFRAGANS OF CANTERBURY. 303 who did not fraudulently usurp that whieh belongs to another, and thus earned an eternal kingdom in heaven. Therefore, let my lord make it his study to imitate a prince so mighty, so discreet, and so prosperous ; who enjoys both a praiseworthy memory upon earth, and an eternal and glorious life in heaven. Otherwise, let him fear what the Lord has threatened in Deuteronomy,79 saying : ' The man that will do presumptuously, and will not hearken unto the priest, shall die before the judge.' For unto this he has been called, and hereby the temporal peace and mightiness of his kingdom, of which you remind me, is ministered unto him from heaven. Otherwise, notwithstanding his many virtues, the king will not be saved, even though kingdoms should be subdued by him, and nations should be prostrate. But enough upon these points. Whoever you have had as your fellow-writers in the aforesaid letter, let them understand that this answer made to you is an answer to themselves. For the future, my brethren, I warn you, I beg and entreat of you that schisms may not separate, nor enmities overshadow us ; but let us have one heart and one soul in the Lord, and let us listen to Him who telleth us to struggle for justice with all our soul, and to contend for it to the death, and the Lord will conquer for us our enemies. And let us not forget that strict judge, standing before whose tribunal the truth alone shall judge us, all dread of and trust in the powers of' this world beiug laid aside. Farewell to your brotherhood in the Lord." The Letter of the suffragans of tìw Church of Canterbury to the bkssed llwmas, archbishop of Canterbury. "To their venerable father and lord, Thomas, by the grace of (Jod, archbishop of Canterbury, the suffragan bishops of that church and the beneficed clergy appointed over the various places throughout their dioceses, due submission and obedience, miereas, father, on your departure for foreign parts, through the very unexpectedness and novelty of the circumstance, considerable confusion arose, still, we did hope, through your humility and prudence, with the aid of the Divine favour, for a return therefrom to the serenityof our former peaceful state. That was, indeed, a solace to us, which, after your departure, reached us all by general report ; that you, while passing your time in the parts beyond sea, had no ulterior designs ; that you were guilty of no machinations against our lord the king or 7 9 xvii. 12. The way the text is quoted differs from our version.


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