Monastic institutions: their origin, progress, nature and tendency

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Page 271 - tis better to be lowly born, And range with humble livers in content, Than to be perk'd up in a glistering grief, And wear a golden sorrow.
Page 131 - But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do : for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking.
Page 68 - ... to pass over in silence, and let the world judge of that which is well known, than with unchaste words by expressing of their unchaste life to offend chaste and godly ears. And as for their wilful poverty, it was such that, when in possessions, jewels, plate, and riches they were equal or above merchants, gentlemen, barons, earls, and dukes, yet by this subtile sophistical term, Proprium in communi, that is to say, Proper in common, they mocked the world, persuading that, notwithstanding all...
Page 68 - First, under pretence or colour of obedience to their father in religion, (which obedience they made themselves,) they were made free, by their rules and canons, from the obedience of their natural father and mother, and from the obedience of emperor and king, and all temporal power, whom of very duty by God's laws they were bound to obey. AND so THE PROFESSION OF THEIR OBEDIENCE NOT DUE, WAS A FORSAKING OF THEIR DUE OBEDIENCE.
Page 10 - ... by those sects almost constantly, or with very few exceptions ; for there have been some. It was the system by which they could best recommend themselves to that order of people to whom they first proposed their plan of reformation upon what had been before established. Many of them, perhaps the greater part of them, have even endeavoured to gain credit by refining upon this austere system, and by carrying it to some degree of folly and extravagance ; and this excessive rigour has frequently...
Page 87 - Per me fi va nella citta dolente, Per me fi va nell' eterno dolore, Per me fi va tra la perduta gente, ********** Lafciate ogni fperanza, voi ch
Page 280 - The thought of the middle ages, that had at first flashed across my mind, soon died away : for then, monastic life was connected with a thousand other things; but in our modern harmony what is this but a barbarous contradiction, a false, harsh, grating note ? What I then beheld before me was to be defended neither by nature, nor by history. I shut my window again, and sadly resumed my book.
Page 26 - Besides, it often happened, that princes, dukes, knights and generals, whose days had been consumed in debauchery and crimes, and distinguished by nothing but the violent exploits of unbridled lust, cruelty, and avarice, felt at the approach of old age, or death, the inexpressible anguish of a wounded conscience, and the gloomy apprehensions and terrors it excites. In this dreadful condition, what was their resource ? What were the means by which they hoped to disarm the uplifted hand of divine justice,...
Page 69 - But, for all their riches, they might neither help father nor mother, nor other that were indeed very needy and poor, without the licence of their father abbot, prior, or warden. And yet they might take of every man, but they might not give aught to any man, no, not to them whom the laws of God bound them to help.
Page 253 - But if, by engaging in the business of life, and taking an active interest in the advancement of society, we duly exercise our various powers of perception, thought, and feeling, we promote the health of the whole corporeal system, invigorate the mind itself, and at the same time experience the highest mental gratification of which a human being is susceptible...

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