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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
page 190



A.D. 1200.] CONSECRATION OF TH E SABBATH. 189 you any orders by another letter, but I will open the heavens and, instead of rain, I will shower on you stones, and wood, and hot water, by night, such that no man can avoid, since 1 will destroy all evil-doers. This I say unto yon, ye shall die the death, on account of the holy day of the lyord and the other festivals of my saints which ye have not observed. 1 will send on you beasts with the heads of lions, the hair of women, and the tails of camels, and they shall be so hungry, that they will devour your flesh, and ye shall desire to fly to the sepulchres of the dead to bide yourselves for fear of these beasts ; and 1 will take away the light of the sun, and send darkness on you, so that not seeing, ye shall slay one another: and I will turn my face from you, and will show you no mercy, for I will burn your bodies, and the hearts of those, who do not keep the Lord's day holy. Hear then my voice, lest ye perish on the earth on account of the sacred day of the I/ortl ; depart from evil and repent of your sins, which if ye do not, ye will perish like Sodom and Gomorrah. Knownow, that ye are safe through the prayers of my most holy mother Mary, and of my holy angels who pray daily for you. ί gave you corn and wine in abundance, and then ye obeyed me not, for daily do widows and orphans cry unto you, to whom ye show no compassion ; pagans have pity, but ye have none. Trees which bring forth fruit will I cause to rot, for your sins: and rivers and fountains shall not give you water. On the mount of Sinai I gave you a law, which ye have not observed ; after that, 1 mvself gave vou a law. which ye kept not. Wicked men that ve arc, ye have not kept holy the Sunday of my resurrection ; ye take away the property of others and treat the matter with no consideration : for this will I send on you worse beasts, who will devour the breasts of your women. Them will I curse who act unjustly towards their brethren ; them will I curse who evilly judge the poor and the orphan: but ve have deserted me, and arc following the prince of this life. Hear inv voice, and ye will receive mercy; but ye cease not from your evil deeds, nor from the works of the devil, inasmuch as ye commit perjury and adultery, and so nations will surround you and devour you like wild beasts."


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