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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 285



284 ANNALS OF KOG EE DE HOVEDEN. A.D. U92. entered the land above-mentioned, there cannot be a particle of doubt to present itself in this our examination why it is that our attempts thus begun on behalf of God have not been crowned with the hoped-for success. For they were told to abstain from the impurities and filthiness of the inhabitants of that land, and not to deem their vices worthy of imitation, which might redound to the ruin of themselves, but to observe the law of the Lord with firmness of purpose and with every effort of zeal and earnestness ; and that, if they should duteously and humbly obey these admonitions, one of them should conquer a thousand, and ten of them ten thousand. And this they shortly after became sensible of from a more assured experience, inasmuch as a few of them slew a vast and almost infinite multitude of their enemies ; and, so long as they dutifully obeyed the Divine commands, there was not a city or a fortified place that was able to withstand their attacks, or by any resources or counsels to be rescued from becoming subject to their power. And yet, when their sons, who, as it is there said, ' knew not the Lord,' had, in their rashness, begun to fall away from the observance of those things which in the promulgation of the law had been enjoined them, then did their foes, rallying their forces against them, often subject them to their power ; whom once again, by the Divine aid, they conquered, when, being penitent for the excesses committed by them, and acknowledging their guilt, with pious devotion they humbly turned to God. And you may know beyond a doubt, that it was in consequence of the discords that arose, that the achievement of the hoped-for victory was taken away from the Christian chivalry by reason of the quarrels and frequent rancours that tad sprung up in the army, and because they had made the flesh their arm, and had withdrawn their hearts from the Lord. If, then, it is our wish without great labour to obtain a glorious triumph in all things, with the downfall of our adversaries, lotus not faint in spirit by reason of the grievances hitherto endured ; but, with all humility and contrition of heart, seeking the mercy of the Creator, to their lasting confusion we shall be enabled to hope agreeably to our deserts for a complete victory, in reliance upon the accustomed beneficence of the supreme mercy. Induced, therefore, by this consideration, we have entreated all the princes of the world, for the remission of their sins, that, out of regard for the Divine love and their own salvation, if any one has on


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