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Roger De Hoveden
The Annals vol.2., From A.D. 1180 To A.D. 1201.

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Roger De Hoveden
The Annals vol.2., From A.D. 1180 To A.D. 1201.
page 241



240 AJTNALS OF ROGER DE HOVEDFJÎ. A.D, 1191. and for the downfall of yourself and your accomplices. This punishment will fall upon your own head.4' Por every deceit suffers from its own recoil : from your treachery43 nought but the fruit of sorrow will you gather; and you have commenced the web, that you may be wrapped in a double cloak. It is Isaiah who says, ' Ye who begin the web and put your trust in the darkness of Egypt, await the day of bitterness.'49 You publicly make it your boast and vaunt that it was you who created this tumult, that it was you who deceived him when not on his guard, and that it was you induced the multitude to attack with arms an unarmed man, and an innocent man with insidiousness. "Why boast of your malice, you, who are so powerful in your iniquity ? "Why vaunt of your malice, which in most countries, as your infamous character has become circulated, is in the mouths of all classes ? But about you and persons like you it may justly be said, ' They rejoice when they have done evil, and they exult at things that bring the greatest disgrace.' Besides, it is the remark of the wise man, that he ' who rejoiceth at the ruin of another, shall be punished ;' 5 0 and Solomon says, ' Itejoice not when thine enemy falleth—lest the Lord see it, and He turn his wrath upon thee.'51 Indeed, it was always the usual accomplishment, and one peculiar to your family, to sow the materials for dissension ; and the pestilent branch has contracted its evil qualities from the root of the noxious tree. Oh evil generation ! Oh provoking race ! ' Oh generation of vipers, who hath taught you to flee from the wrath to come?'" Do you think that God will not behold this, and require an account thereof? It was for this same reason that the wicked man caused the anger of the Lord, ' Por he said in his heart, he will not require the same.'53 But, beyond a doubt, the Lord will require it ; He will also require to know as to whose misfortunes you are now boasting ; and at a future day, by the bounty of the Lord, he shall breathe again. Por wisdom will not forsake the righteous man when sold, and in time shall he gain respect. It rather befitted the gravity of your rank to promote peace among the people, to allay sedition, and espe 4 7 " Faba hsec recudetur in caput tuum." It is not improbable that the archdeacon was a reader of Terence. 4 8 He puns upon the resemblance between " dolo " and " dolore." 4 9 This passage does not appear in our version. It may perhaps allude to chap. xix. 9. 60Alluding probably to Eccl. viii. 7. 5 1 Prov. xxiv. 17. 18. 4 2 St. Matt. iii. 7. St. Luke iii. 7. 5 3 Ps. x. 13.


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