Hereward the Wake: "last of the English", Volume 1

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Macmillan and Company, 1866 - Great Britain
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Page 335 - said Gunhilda. " ' Blessed are the barren, and they that never gave suck,' saith the Lord." "No! Not so!" cried Torfrida. "Better, countess, to have had and lost, than never to have had at all. The glutton was right, swine as he was, when he said that not even heaven could take from him the dinners he had eaten. How much more we, if we say, not even heaven can take from us the love wherewith we have loved? Will not our souls be richer thereby, through all eternity?
Page 303 - Come and gather yourselves together unto the supper of the great God ; that ye may eat the flesh of kings, and the flesh of captains, and the flesh of mighty men, and the flesh of horses, and of them that sit on them, and the flesh of all men, both free and bond, both small and great.
Page 19 - For though it sent men hurrying out into the storm, to drive the cattle in from the fen, and lift the sheep out of the snow-wreaths, and now and then never to return, lost in mist and mire, in ice and snow; — yet all knew that after the snow would come the keen frost and bright sun and cloudless blue sky, and the fenman's yearly holiday, when, work being impossible, all gave themselves up to play, and swarmed upon the ice on skates and sledges, to run races, township against township, or visit...
Page 40 - If one man sin against another, the judge shall judge him, but if a man sin against the Lord, who shall entreat for him?
Page 77 - They let mo out, thinking I could do no more harm to man or lass ; and when I found out how profitable folly was, foolish I remained, at least as foolish as seemed good to me. But one night I got into the abbey church, stole therefrom that which I have with me now, and which shall serve you and me in good stead yet — out and away aboard a ship among the buscarles, and off into the Norway sea. But after a voyage or two, so it befell, I was wrecked in the Wash by Botulfston Deeps, and begging my...
Page 89 - He had done this deed. What was there after this •which he might not do ? And he stood there in the fulness of his pride, defiant of earth and heaven, while in his heart arose the thought of that old Viking who cried, in the pride of his godlessness : " I never on earth met him whom I feared, and why should I fear Him in heaven ? If I met Odin, I would fight with Odin. If Odin were the stronger, he would slay me ; if I were the stronger, I would slay him.
Page 117 - And this is the cause that they are so holden with pride : and overwhelmed with cruelty. 7 Their eyes swell with fatness : and they do even what they lust. 8 They corrupt other, and speak of wicked blasphemy : their talking is against the most High. 9 For they stretch forth their mouth unto the heaven : and their tongue goeth through the world.
Page 246 - Hereward. And so it was, and told purposely to make him expose himself. Whereon high words followed, which Torfrida tried in vain to stop. Hereward was flushed with ire and scorn. " Magic armour, forsooth!" cried he at last. " What care I for armour or for magic ? I will wager to you "—" my armour," he was on the point of saying, but he checked himself in time—" any horse in my stable, that I go in my shirt to Scaldmariland, and bring back that mare single-handed.
Page 76 - Gyda, but the old one — used to sell out of England by the score, tied together with ropes, boys and girls from Bristol town. Her master, my father that was (I shall know him again), got tired of her, and wanted to give her away to one of his kernes. She would not have that ; so he hung her up hand and foot, and beat her that she died. There was an abbey hard by, and the Church laid on him a penance — all that they dared get out of him — that he should give me to the monks, being then a seven...

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