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ROGER OF WENDOVER Flowers of history. The history of England from the descent of the saxons to A.D. 1235. vol.1

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ROGER OF WENDOVER
Flowers of history. The history of England from the descent of the saxons to A.D. 1235. vol.1
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was a discreet man, and a devout servant of God, perceived that it was the voice of Satan ironically taunting the bishops with their dissension, and immediately gave orders that the archbishop, who was about to celebrate mass, should put off his chasuble, until atonement should be made for so great an offence to the Holy Spirit, who on that day is wont to enlighten the hearts of the faithful with his mysterious gifts. He then sent his servants through the streets of the city, and caused all the poor and infirm to be collected together both within and without the church which had been violated : those of them who were hungry he fed, to those who were thirsty he gave drink ; he clothed the naked, and gave shoes for the feet of those who needed them : to the old and sick, who lay in beds, throughout the city, he did the same, giving to each a piece of gold, and enjoining on all of them to implore the Divine mercy not to impute to bis people the pride of their prelates, or to deny them the presence of his Holy Spirit. Moreover, the emperor laid aside his purple robe, and, putting on sackcloth, trod the pavement of the church with naked feet, ministering to the poor, and giving to all an example of almsgiving and humility. Then this magnificent prince seeing the pavement bedewed with tears, which had before been stained with blood, he confidently gave orders that the office of the mass should be begun, and they finished the service with the greatest devotion. When they came to that verse, " Thou hast made this day glorious," the emperor commanded that the verse should be repeated by a third choir, by way of triumph over Satan ; and when it was ended, he bade all be silent for a time, to hear whether the old enemy would say any thing in mockery, as he had done before ; but when they had waited some time and heard nothing, the emperor said, " Be assured that our enemy has departed in confusion." All then rejoicing in the Lord, brought the service to a happy conclusion, and glorified the Holy Spirit, who inspired the emperor with such wise counsel. He was suc ceeded in the Roman empire by Frederic, his nephew. This year died pope Eugenius, and many rich men with him. A.D. 1152. In the month of June, died pope Eugenius, to whom succeeded Anastasius, and sat one year, four months.


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