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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 357



In like maimer, our lord the king forgave his brother Geoffrey, archbishop of York, his -wrath and displeasure, and received him with the kiss of peace ; in consequence of -which, the said archbishop being beyond measure elated, so exasperated the king by his insolent speeches, that he ordered him to be deprived of his archbishopric and the shrievalty of York. "Would that the archbishop had read the warning of the philosopher, who says : " Stir not the fire with the sword." The Lord, also, mculcating humility in us, says, by the mouth of His Apostle, " Servants, be obedient to your masters in the Lord."2 8 I say not only to the wise and modest, but also to the morose : " Be ye subject to the king as pre-eminent, and to his ministers sent by him for the punishment of the wicked and the praise of the good. Behold the ships ! large though they be, and are threatened by mighty -winds, by a smaB helm are they turned round, wherever the intention 01 him who steers shall guide them : so, too, though the tongue is a small member, it leads to great results. Behold ! the fire, however smaB, how great the wood it can burn ! The tongue is truly a fire, and from the tongue aB iniquity is carried into effect, which poButes and inflames the whole body ; and no one is able to control the tongue, but he who is wise and circumspect. Therefore, let us circumcise our hearts ; for, from the uncircumcised heart proceed fornications, adulteries, murders, thefts, false-witness, blasphemies, contentions, and strifes, and the Bke to these, which are the things that deflle a man;2' and on the contrary to this, out of the clean and circumcised heart proceed charity, cheerfulness, peace, patience, longsuffering, kindness, benignity, meekness, fldeBty, modesty, continence, chastity, and other things like unto these, which are the fruits of the soul, and lead it unto God its Creator, for ' out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh,'30 whether it be good or whether bad." . In the same year, there came a hermit to king Richard, and, preaching the words of eternal salvation to him, said : " Be thou mmdful of the destruction of Sodom, and abstain from what is unlawful ; for if thou dost not, a vengeance worthy of God shaB overtake thee." The king, however, intent upon the things of this world, and not those which are of God, was not able so reaclHy to withdraw his mind from what was un 5 8 Eph. vi. S, not quite correctly quoted. 2 9 According to St. Matt. xv. 19, and St. Mark, vii. 21, 22. " St. Matt. xii. 34. St. Luke, vi. 45.


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