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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.2

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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.2
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ROGER OF W E Ν DOVE It. [A.D. 1170. life in their company. When he had passed the innocent year.s of childhood he became a tradesman ; at first in a humble manner, and afterwards frequenting the public market with other traders. One day, as he was walking alone upon the shore, lie found three dolphins east tip by the sea ; one of which seemed to be dead, and the other two dying. For humanity's sake he left those which were alive untouched, but loaded himself with part of that which v.a. dead, and set out to return home; but the tide beginning ti rise as usual, was at first over his feet and legs, and at last, rose as high as his head. Hut being strong in faith, he con tinued to walk along, under the water, guided by the Lord, until he reached the dry ground ; and delivering the fish to his parents, he told them all that had happened to him. Sometimes he would meditate when he was alone, upon heavenly things, and say over the Lord's prayer and the creed. In his zeal for religion, he went to St. Andrew's in Scotland to pray, and with no less devotion went also t o Rome. On his return from thence he joined himself to some merchants, and with them carried on traffic by sea ; which brought him so much wealth that ho was owner of half one ship, and the fourth part of another. Being robust in body and active in mind, he sailed to different countries of the world, and visiting the holy places of the saints, commended himself to their protection. Of the tjirl H7IO ministered to St.Gottric in his pilyrimaçe. When Godric had spent sixteen years in the gains o f these trading voyages, he determined to spend, in the cause of religion, the wealth which his labours had accumulated. lie therefore took the cross and devoutly visited our Lord's sepulchre; after which he returned by way of St. James's* to England. After some time he felt a holy desire to visit the threshold of the, apostles, and communicated this intention to his parents; and when his mother expressed her wish to accompany liim, if he would let her, he gladly assented, and with filial obedience, carried her on his shoulders, whenever the roughness of the road required it. When they had parsed through London, a woman of great beauty approached them, and asked permission to join in • Composteli!) in Spain.


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