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MATTHEW OF WESTMINSTER
The flowers of history, especially such as relate to the affairs of Britain. Vol. II. A.D. 1066 to A.D. I307.

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MATTHEW OF WESTMINSTER
The flowers of history, especially such as relate to the affairs of Britain. Vol. II. A.D. 1066 to A.D. I307.
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A.D. 1292. WRITINGS 03? THE VIRGIN HIXDEG ARDE. 491 do not impart to them at a At and convenient season, and on that account many of my foreign sons have fainted through hunger, because they are not refreshed with sound doctrine. They also have voices and cry not ; works are given to them to do, and they do them not ; they wish to have glory without merits, and merit without works. He who wishes to have glory with God must throw away his own property, and he who desires to have merit with God, must she% works to this end ; but because you do not do so, you are accounted servants of servants, and they shall be your judges, and your liberty shall fall from you, like the blessing fell from Canaan. And those scourges shall go through you. But other evils, and others stul worse after them shall come. For the devil will say in his heart, concerning you, Ί shall find you meat for the feasters and a banquet for all my desire. But my eyes, and ears, and belly, and veins, are full of their wickedness, and my breasts are full of their vices. For they will not labour in their God, but look upon him as nothing. Wherefore, I will begin to war against them, and to sport with them pleasantly, because I do not find them labouring in the field of their Lord, as their God commands them. But ye, Ο ye my disciples and subjects, who have been much better disciplined before the people than they, because you were so also at that time, raise yourselves above them, and take away from them all their riches and all their honours, and utterly spoil and choke them.9 This is what the devil says in his heart, and what he will in many respects fulfil through the judgment of God. But I now reveal myself to my hearers, and tell them who I am. In that time when that is done by some erring people more wicked than the erring people which now exists, ruin will fall upon you evaders and prevaricators, which will pursue you everywhere, and will not hide your works, but will lay them bare, and will say of you, ' Those scorpions in their serpent-like manners and works.9 Also a commandment will be laid upon you, as if in the zeal of the Lord, and the way of the impious will perish* For in your iniquity they will deride and insult your ways ; but that people who does this, being seduced and sent forth by the devil, will come with a pale tace, and arrange him. self as if in all sanctity, and will unite itself to the more powerful secular princes. To whom, concerning you, he will speak thus, * Why do ye have these people with you, why do ye allow them to exist, who pollute the whole earth with their


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