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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 529



The pagans show mercy, but you show none at all. The trees which bear fruit, I will cause to be dried up, for your sins ; the rivers and the fountains shall not give water. I gave unto you a law in Mount Sinai, which you have not kept. I gave you a law with mine own hands, which you have not observed. For you was I born into the world, and my festive day ye knew not. Being wicked men, ye have not kept the Lord's day of my resurrection. By my right hand I swear unto you, that if you do not observe the Lord's day, and the festivals of my Saints, I wBl send unto you the pagan nations, that they may slay you. And stdl do you attend to the business of others, and take no consideration of this ? For this wiB I send against you, stiB worse beasts, who shaB devour the breasts of your women. I wiB curse those who on the Lord's day have wrought evB. Those who act unjustly towards their brethren, wBl I curse. Those who judge unrighteously the poor and the orphans, upon the earth, will I curse. For me you forsake, and you follow the prince of this world. Give heed to my voice, and you shall have the blessing of mercy. But you cease not from your bad works, nor from the works of the devB. Beause you are guUty of perjuries and adulteries, therefore the nations shaB surround you, and shaB, Bke beasts, devour you." Accordingly, Eustace, the lord abbat of Flaye, came to York, and, being honorably received by Geoffrey, the archbishop of York, and the clergy and people of the city, preached the word of the Lord, and on the breaking of the Lord's Day and the other festivals, and imposed upon the people penance and gave absolution, upon condition that in future they would pay due reverence to the Lord's Day and the other festivals of the Saints, doing therein no servBe work, and that on the Lord's Day they would hold no market of things on sale, but devoutly attend to good works and to prayer. This ordinance he appointed to be observedfrom the ninth hour on Saturday untB sunrise on Monday. Upon this, the people who were dutiful to God, at his preaching, vowed before God that, for the future, on the Lord's Day, they would neither buy nor seB any thing, unless, perchance, victuals and drink to wayfarers. They also vowed, that from each five shillings' worth of such things as they might seB, they would give one farthing towards buying Bghts for the church and the burial of the poor. And, for the collection of these sums, the said abbat directed that in. each church


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