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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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ascend the Aventine hill, and there I will foretell to you what shall happen to the Roman state." And they did as she said. And a second time the virgin demanded an account of the vision from them ; and they, reciting it to her, did not vary from their previous account ; and she said, " The nine suns which you saw are nine different ages among the sons of men." CH. XV.—The interpretation of the Dream of the Senators. THE first sun is the first generation; and men shall be simple, frank, loving liberty, veracious, gentle, kind, comforters of the poor, sufficiently wise. The second sun is the second generation. Men shall live splendidly, increasing in riches, fearing the Lord, living on the earth without wickedness. The third sun is the third generation ; and nation shall rise against nation, and there shall be many battles in Rome. The fourth sun is the fourth generation ; and men shall deny the truth ; and in these days a woman shall arise, Mary by name, having a husband whose name is Joseph, and she shall bring forth a child, and she shall be a virgin before her delivery and a virgin after her delivery. But the child that shall be born of her shall be very God and very man, as the prophets have predicted. He shall fulfil the law of the Jews blamelessly, and. shall add thereto laws of his own, and He shall reign for ever and ever. Amen. And when he is born there shall be a host of angels on the right hand and on the left, saying, " Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men of good will." And when he is baptised in the water by John, his forerunner, a voice shall come from heaven, saying, " This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased ; hear ye him." But there were then some of the priests of the Jews who heard these words, and who were indignant at them, and said to her, " These are terrible things; let not the queen speak thus." The Sibyl answered, and said, " 0 Jews, it is inevitable that these things must come to pass ; but you will not believe in Him." " We do not believe," they reply, " because he has given His everlasting word and covenant to our holy nation that He will not take his protecting hand from us." She answered them, a second time, and said, " The God of heaven is born the


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