Memorials of Human Superstition: Being a Paraphrase and Commentary on the Historia Flagellantium of the Abbé Boileau, ... By One who is Not Doctor of the Sorbonne

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G. Robinson, 1784 - Flagellants - 426 pages

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Page 129 - ... unmercifully. The friar affected to hear her without emotion, and continued his sermon with great composure ; only he would now and then lift up his eyes towards the top of the tree, as if he wanted to see what was the matter. At last, when he judged...
Page 129 - ... found means to convey a small box filled with gunpowder, and out of the box hung a long thin match that was to burn slowly, and was hidden among the leaves of the trees.
Page 28 - Wherefore have ye not fulfilled your task in making brick, both yesterday and to-day, as heretofore ? 15. Then the officers of the children of Israel came and cried unto Pharaoh, saying, Wherefore dealest thou thus with thy servants ? 16. There is no straw given unto thy servants ; and they say to us, Make brick : and, behold, thy servants are beaten ; but the fault is in thine own people.
Page 143 - In fz&, the next day, a chapter having been fummoned, the Abbot defired the Prior to fill his place, while himfelf took his feat among the reft of the monks. Soon after the chapter was begun, he came forward into the middle of the aflembly, accufed himfelf of...
Page 30 - And it shall be, if the wicked man be worthy to be beaten, that the judge shall cause him to lie down, and to be beaten before his face, according to his fault, by a certain number.
Page 63 - Man (Virgator) whofe office it was to perform the operation. And in another place, Plautus, alluding to the thongs of ox-leather with which whips were commonly made...
Page 143 - ... proper to withdraw; and as foon as he had taken his leave, fome of the Monks began to admire his extraordinary condefcenfion; while the others were not without fears that it foreboded fome misfortune. Indeed, the latter were in the right; for the Reader muft not think that the Abbot had...
Page 8 - ... to be performed. The work, or problem, therefore I propofed to myfelf, inftead of being that which more commonly occurs, and is exprefled in the following terms ; " certain arguments being given, to find the neceflary facts to fupport them ;" was this, a certain number of facts, pretty well authenticated, being given, to find the natural conclufions and inductions which they fupply.
Page 340 - All musical instruments and love songs ceased to be heard. The only music that prevailed both in town and country was that of the lugubrious voice of the penitent, whose mournful accents might have moved hearts of flint: and even the eyes of the obdurate sinner could not refrain from tears. Nor were women exempt from the general spirit of devotion we mention: for not only those among the common people, but also matrons and young ladies of noble families, would perform the same mortifications with...
Page 114 - One of his methods of mortifying himfelf was, to make frequent genuflexions ; and he made them fo quickly, it is faid, and in fuch numbers, that a perfon, who one day fpied him from a little diftance, and attempted to count them, grew tired, and left it off when he had told two thoufand.— — — «St.

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