Glastonbury abbey: its history and ruins

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Page 33 - And may at last my weary age Find out the peaceful hermitage, The hairy gown and mossy cell, Where I may sit and rightly spell Of every star that heaven doth shew, And every herb that sips the dew, Till old experience do attain To something like prophetic strain.
Page 44 - As watchman to my heart. But, good my brother, Do not, as some ungracious pastors do, Show me the steep and thorny way to heaven, Whilst, like a puffd and reckless libertine, Himself the primrose path of dalliance treads And recks not his own rede.
Page 47 - The letter, as I live, with all the business I writ to his holiness. Nay then, farewell ! I have touch'd the highest point of all my greatness : And, from that full meridian of my glory, I haste now to my setting. I shall fall Like a bright exhalation in the evening, And no man see me more.
Page 37 - And they, who to be sure of Paradise, Dying, put on the weeds of Dominic, Or in Franciscan think to pass disguised.
Page 20 - THE turf shall be my fragrant shrine ; My temple, Lord ! that arch of thine ; My censer's breath the mountain airs, And silent thoughts my only prayers.
Page 13 - The world shall burn, and from her ashes spring New heaven and earth, wherein the just shall dwell, And, after all their tribulations long, See golden days, fruitful of golden deeds, With joy and love triumphing, and fair truth...
Page 42 - I'll give thee this plague for thy dowry : be thou as chaste as ice, as pure as snow, thou shalt not escape calumny.
Page 16 - By these was built the ancient church of St. Mary of Glastonbury, as faithful tradition has handed down through decaying time. Moreover there are documents of no small credit, which have been discovered in certain places to the following effect: " No other hands than those of the disciples...
Page 49 - Came blended with the airs of eventide, When through the glimmering aisle faint " Misereres" died ' But all is silent now ! silent the bell, That, heard from yonder ivied turret high, Warned the cowled brother from his midnight cell ; Silent the...
Page 11 - St. Philip, Lazarus, Mary Magdalene and Martha, his sisters, with Marcella, their servant, banished them from Judaea — put them into a vessel without sails or oars, — sent them out to sea thus unprovided, intending their death by shipwreck, — and that the abysses of the watery deep should be their grave. However, the proverb was exemplified — ' Man proposes, God disposes ! ' Driven about by wild tempest, at length they safely reached Marseilles, in France.

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