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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.


Sir John Froissart's Chronicles of England, France, Spain and the Ajoining Countries from the latter part of the reign of Edward II to the coronation of Henry IV in 12 volumes 

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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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great persecution, such as never was before, and shall not be afterwards. The Lord will shorten those days for his elect's sake, and in the virtue of the Lord, Antichrist will be slain on Mount Olivet, by Michael the Archangel. When the Sibyl had prophesied these and many other future events to the Romans, as signs by which the Lord might be known to be coming to judge the world, she proceeded in her prophecy, saying :— J udgment shall make the earth to drip with sweat. E ternal God shall then from heav'n descend— S wift, to decide the fate of quick and dead ; U pright and wicked men shall fear alike ; S ο shall each soul before its judge appear. C lose darkness shall overwhelm the savage world ; H ot flames shall scorch the earth, and sea, and heav'n. R estore the dead, and all their wealth, Ο grave— I nquiring souls shall burst the gates of heU. S afe, holy light shall to all flesh be given, Τ h' undying flame shall burn the guilty men, U nveiling every secret act, and each thought 8 urveyed beneath the light of God's pure word. G rief shall make all men gnash their teeth in vain : Ο ne darkness shall envelop earth, sea, sky, D im shsll all the sunbeams be, and lost the stars ; Τ he hills shall sink, the vallies shall uprise. Η ere shall no heights, no eminence be seen, E ach mountain with the plain shall levelled be. S eas shall their billows check, the earth shall melt ; A U fountains dry, all rivers burn with flame— V ainly lamenting human guilt and toil ; I mpetuous trumpets a sad note shall pour, Ο Id earth shall gape, and hell's wide gulf display, U nder the Lord's dread glance all kings shall stand R ound that great throne which with dread lightnings beams. These things were spoken of the nativity, passion, resurrection, and second coming of Christ ; and are found to have in Greek in their first letters the words Ίηίους Χξίατος υϊος 2α/ΐ% which is also seen when they are translated into English, except that the propriety of the Greek letters could not be so exactly observed. Generally speaking, all female prophetesses are called Sibyls in the Greek language, for the word abç in the JEolic dialect means God ; and the βουλή is the Greek for mind or intention ; so that the name means the mind of God. And to they were called Sibyls because they were interpreters of

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