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MATTHEW OF WESTMINSTER The flowers of history, especially such as relate to the affairs of Britain. Vol. I. B.C. 4004 to A.D. 1066.

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MATTHEW OF WESTMINSTER
The flowers of history, especially such as relate to the affairs of Britain. Vol. I. B.C. 4004 to A.D. 1066.
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either taken away from or granted to me at your pleasure. Accordingly I give to your general my daughter Imogene ; I give gold and silver, corn and wine and oil, and whatever you think necessary for your march." Accordingly, his daughter haying been married to Brutus, and everything else having been properly performed, the king was released from prison, and the Trojans, having succeeded in their wishes, escaped from his power. CH . XXI.—Brutus sets sail in quest of a home—Consults the oracle of Diana. BRUTUS, then, and his comrades having sailed two days and one night with a fair wind, came to a certain island called Leogicia, which having been laid waste in old time, was inhabited by no one. Disembarking from their ships they came to a certain deserted city, in which was a temple of Diana, and they found an image of the goddess herself, which gave answers if any question was put to it by any one. His comrades suggest to the general to visit the temple, and having offered propitiatory gifts, to enquire of the deity what country would give them an abode and a secure resting-place. Brutus acquiescing in their advice, stood before the altar of the goddess, holding in his right hand a sacrificial vessel full of wine and the blood of a white doe, and broke the silence with these words :— THE QUESTION PUT BT BRUTUS TO DIANA. Queen of the groves, of all wild beasts the foe, You who through heav'n and shades below can roam ; Reveal, I pray, the future fates, and show What land shall give us a safe, lasting home, Where I may kindle you a sacred fire, And build a temple for your virgin choir. When he had repeated this nine times, he walked round the altar four times, and poured forth the blood and wine which he held on the altar, and lay down on the skin of the doe, which he had stretched before the altar, and thus, having invited slumber, he fell asleep. It was then about the third hour of the night, when mortals are sunk in the most pleasant sleep ; then it appeared to him that the goddess was standing before him, and addressing him in this manner :—


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