The History of England (Classic Reprint)

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Excerpt from The History of England

It happened that this prelate, at that time in a pri vate station, had observed, in the market-place of Rome, some Saxon youths exposed to sale, whom the Roman merchants, in their trading voyages to Britain, had bought of their mercenary parents. Struck with the beauty of their fair complexions and blooming countenances, Gregory asked to what country they be longed and being told they were Angles, he replied that they ought more properly to be denominated angels: it were. A pity that the prince of darkness should enjoy so fair a prey, and that so beautiful 3. Frontispiece should cover a. Mind destitute of internal grace and righteousness. Inquiring further concerning the name of their province, he was informed that it was De'iri, a district of Northumberland. De'iri! Replied he, that is good! They are called to the mercy of Godfrom his anger (de ira). But what is the name of the king of that province? He was told it was [ella or Alla. Alleluia cried he we must endeavour that the praises of God be sung in their country. Moved by these allusions, which appeared to him so happy, he determined to undertake, himself, a. Mission into Bri tain and, having obtained the pope's approbation, he prepared for that perilous journey but his popularity at home was so great, that the Romans, unwilling to exposed him to such dangers, Opposed his design and he was obliged, for the present, to lay aside all further thoughts of executing that pious purpose.

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