The life of king Alfred, a tr., ed. by T. Wright

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1852
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Page 231 - We will immediately give up all hostages and mon them to his presence, his principal object being to discover whether they had done wrong through ignorance or evil intention. " It sometimes happened that the justices admitted their ignorance ; but Alfred then earnestly represented to them their folly, and said, ' I wonder at your great rashness, that you, who have taken from God and myself the office and dignity of Wise Men, should have entirely neglected the studies and conduct of the wise. Therefore...
Page 240 - Very few were they," says Alfred, " on this side the Humber (the most improved parts of England), who could understand their daily prayers in English, or translate any letter from the Latin. I think there were not many beyond the Humber; they were so few, that I indeed cannot recollect one single instance on the south of the Thames, when I took the kingdom.
Page 124 - ... really was in an account which is not quite clear.. .On passing from childhood to youth. ..he begged for some protection against his passions, for some corporal suffering which might arm him against temptation, so that his spirit might be enabled to raise him above the weakness of the flesh. On this, we are told, heaven sent him his illness, which Asser describes as a kind of eruption. For many years it caused him the most horrible torture, which was so intense that he himself began to despair...
Page 86 - ... respondens, et fratres suos aetate, quamvis non gratia, seniores anticipans, inquit : ' Verene dabis istum librum uni ex nobis, scilicet illi, qui citissime intelligere et recitare eum ante te possit ? ' Ad haec illa, arridens et gaudens atque affirmans : 'Dabo,
Page 391 - The prose preface, with its much-quoted comment about 'word for word translation', is flat-footed, a meagre tissue of cliches: ^lfred kuning waes wealhstod disse bee, and hie of boclaedene on englisc wende, swa hio nu is gedon. Hwilum he sette word be worde, hwilum andgit of andgite, swa swa he hit ba sweotolost and andgitfullicast gereccan mihte...
Page 125 - There were instants when this visitation seemed to render him incapable of any exertion, either intellectual or bodily : but the repose of a day, a night, or even an hour, would always raise his courage again. Under the weight of this bodily infirmity, which was 'probably of an epileptic nature, he learned, by the force of his unyielding will, to overcome the heaviest cares that ever weighed upon any ruler engaged in a contest with a most terrible foe, and under the weight of corporeal weakness and...
Page 287 - Scis," inquam, " ipsa minimum nobis ambitionem mortalium rerum fuisse dominatam. Sed materiam gerendis rebus optauimus quo ne uirtus tacita consenesceret.
Page 398 - Haebum; se stent betuh Winedum, and Seaxum, and Angle, and hyrS in on Dene. Da he biderweard seglode fram Sciringes heale, ba waes him on baet baecbord Denamearc, and on baet steorbord widsae bry dagas.
Page 265 - that the whole body of free-born youths in his kingdom, who possess the means, may be obliged to learn as long as they have to attend to no other business, until they can read English writing perfectly ; and then let those who are dedicated to learning and the service of the Church be instructed in Latin.
Page 24 - The Life of Alfred, or Alvred, The first Institutor of subordinate government in this kingdome, and Refounder of the University of Oxford. Together with a Parallel of our Soveraigne Lord K. Charles untill the yeare, 1634.

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