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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
page 539



534 ROGEK ΟΓ WENDOVEE. [A.D. 1162. church and burial-ground, and in the middle of the night, when he awoke to perform the nightly service, he found that the lamp, which he generally burnt in his chamber, was gone out. He therefore called his chamberlain, and told him to bring a light as quickly as possible. Whilst waiting for a light, he heard the cries as of a number of children proceeding from the church-yard, and plainly uttering these words, " Woe to us ! woe to us ! who shall pray for us ? who shall give alms for us, or celebrate masses for our safety ?" The bishop was astonished at these words, and wondered beyond measure what they could mean. In the meantime the chamberlain went to fetch a light, but finding none either in the hall or the kitchen, went out anxiously into the village, and called at several houses without success. A t length he saw a light at the last house in the village, and running thither in haste, he found there the parish priest with a number of men and women standing round the corpse of a man, weeping and tearing their hair. He did not, however, trouble himself much about this, but putting the light into his lantern, returned and told the bishop what he had seen. As soon as matins were over, and it was light, the bishop summoned the priest and some of the inhabitants of the village, and inquired of them who it was that had died, and what sort of a man he had been. All of them agreed that he was a just man who feared God, a father to the orphans and a comfort to the afflicted ; for he gave all his substance to the poor, whilst he was alive, and to strangers : moreover he kept in his house a priest, whom he maintained at his own expense, to pray and perform mass daily for the souls of the deceased. The bishop, hearing this, immediately perceived that the lamentations, which he had heard from the church-yard, proceeded from the souls of those who reposed in the church-yard, in their sorrow for the man who had benefited them by his alms and masses. The bishop then sent for the priest, who had said these masses for the dead, and gave him a portion in the church, enjoining him to say mass and perform the service for the dead every day as long as he lived. How the kings of France and England made a treaty with one another. A.D. 1162. Louis king of France, and Henry king of England, had now collected a large army on both sides, and


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