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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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he went, the wider it became, and the more terrible were the punishments which he beheld. In that pit, also, the knight perceived such woe and misery, that for some time he forgot Him who had supported him ; but at last, by God's grace, he invoked the name of Jesus, and immediately was driven by the flames into the open air above, where he stood sometime amazed and thunderstruck. But, lo, some new demons sallying from the pit's mouth said to him, " Ho, you, who stand there, our comrades told you that this was the mouth of hell ; but it is not so : we are in the habit of telling falsehoods ; that if we cannot deceive by the truth, we may do so by what is false. This is not hell, but we will now lead you thither." Of the bridge ichich teas narrow, high, and slippery. These new enemies dragged the knight with a terrible clamour to a broad and stinking river, covered with flame and fire of brimstone, and full of demons, who told him that under that river was hell. A bridge reached across it, having as it seemed three impossibilities connected with it. In the first place it was so slippery, that even if it had been broad, hardly any one could have had a firm footing upon it ; but. in the second place, it was so narrow, that no one could walk or even stand upon it ; and thirdly, it was so high above the river that it was dizzying to look down." " You must cross that bridge," said the demons, and the wind which blew you into the other river will blow you into this. You will then be caught by our comrades who are in the river, and be sunk into the pit of hell ;" but the knight, invoking the name of Jesus Christ, bravely set foot upon the bridge ; the farther he went, the wider he found it, until it was as wide as a high road. The demons, seeing the knight walk so freely across the bridge, shook the air with their horrid cries, which alarmed the knight more than all the torments he had before endured from them : others of his enemies, under the bridge, threw red-hot hooks of iron at him, but they could not touch him, and thus he crossed the bridge in safety, for he met with nothing that could prevent him. How the knight was released from the annoyances of the demon*. The brave knight, now released from the persecutions of


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