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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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B.C. 1000. INTERPRETATION OF THE SENATORS' DEE AM. 75 the people. So that the eight of them will be manifest in their insults, and there will be men rapacious, insolent, hating jus tice, and loving falsehood, and the Roman judges will be changed. If they judge one thing to day, they will alter it the next day for a bribe which they look to receive ; and they will not judge what is true, but what is false. In these days there will be perjured, rapacious men, loving the rewards of falsehood, and law will be destroyed, and truth. And there will be earthquakes in divers places, and the cities and regions of islands will be submerged ; and there will be in many places pestilences of men, and the earth will be desolated by enemies. And their vanity will not be able to comfort them. 9 After, these things, there will arise a king by name H., in whose time there will be wars, and he will reign two years. After him, there will arise another king by name A. ; and he, when he comes, will obtain the kingdom for a time, and •ill come to Rome and take it. And his rival shall not be mortified in the hands of his enemies. In the days of his life be will be good and great, and he will do justice to the poor ; tnd he will live a long time. After him will arise another name H. ; and from this H. will proceed twelve more. He will be a Lombard by birth, and will reign an hundred years. And after him, there will arise another king H. by name, and he will come from France. This shall then be the beginning of sorrows, such as have not been since the beginning of the world ; and in those days there shall be wars, and the tribulation of many, and bloodshed, and earthquakes in cities and in countries. And many cities will be taken, and there will be no one who can resist the enemy, because God will at that time be angry with the earth. Rome will be in striking, and in the sword ; it will be stormed and taken in the hand of the king himself. And men will be rapacious, covetous, tyrants, hating the poor, oppressing the innocent, and saving the guilty, and they will be unjust, wicked, contemners of the innocent. They shall be taken from the borders of the earth, and there shall be no one on the earth who can resist them, or destroy them on account of their wickedness and covetousness. Then there will arise a king of the Greeks, whose name will be Constane ; and he will be king of Greeks and Romans. He will be tall of stature, and beautiful in countenance ; splen


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