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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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Son of a Virgin, as it is written ; and he shall be like his Father, and he shall grow up in his age as a young child, and the kings and princes of the earth shall rise up against him. In those. days the kingdom shall belong to Cassar Augustus, and he shall reign in Rome, and subject all the earth to himself. After these things, the priests of the Hebrews will rise up against the Lord himself and against the man whose name will be Jesus, because he will perform many miracles, such as have never been heard of nor seen before ; and they will take him, and give him slaps with hostile hands, and will spit poisonous spittle at his sacred face, and they will inflict stripes upon his holy back, and he shall receive their buffets in silence. They shall give him gall for meat, and vinegar to satisfy his thirst; and, at length, they shall hapg him on the tree, and shall slay him ; and these things shall avail them nothing ; because, on the third day, he shall rise again, and shall show himself to his disciples, and in their sight he shall ascend into heaven ; and of his kingdom there shall be no end." And to the chiefs of the Romans she said, the fifth -son is the fifth generation ; and the Lord Jesus will choose himself two fishermen of Galilee, and he will teach them his law, saying, " Go ye and teach all nations the doctrine which you have received from me, and teach all nations in seventy-two languages." The sixth sun is the sixth generation ; and the men shall besiege this city for three years and three months. The seventh sun is the seventh generation ; and men shall arise and shall cause many persecutions in the land of the Hebrews, on account of the Lord. The eighth sun is the eighth generation ; and Rome shall be a prey and a desolation, and men shall struggle, shall howl in tribulation and pain, saying, " Do you think we shall live till the time of the delivery?" The ninth sun is the ninth generation ; and princes of the Romans shall arise to the destruction of many. Then shall arise two kings out of Syria, and their army shall be increased to a countless multitude, as the sand of the sea ; and they shall be masters of the cities, and provinces, and countries of the Jews as far as Macedonia, and then there shall be much shedding of blood. AU the people of the East shall fear at


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