The Early Kings of Norway: Also an Essay on the Portraits of John Knox

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Chapman and Hall, 1875 - Norway - 307 pages

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Page 259 - God had not called him;' meaning that he would do nothing without a lawful vocation. " Whereupon they privily among themselves advising, having with them in council Sir David Lindsay of the Mount, they concluded that they would give a charge to the said John, and that publicly by the mouth of their preacher.
Page 212 - Thus this brook hath conveyed his ashes into Avon, Avon into Severn, Severn into the narrow seas, they into the main ocean ; and thus the ashes of Wickliffe are the emblem of his doctrine, which now is dispersed all the world over.
Page 253 - the foresaid Archbishop, 'lacked no reasons, as he thought, for maintenance of his glorie: ' He was ane Archbishop in his own diocese, and in his awn 'Cathedral seat and Church, and therefore aught to give place to ' no man : the power of the Cardinal was but begged from Rome, ' and appertained but to his own person, and not to his bishoprick ; ' for it might be that his successor should not be Cardinal. But hit ' dignity was annexed with his office, and did appertain to all that ' ever should be...
Page 259 - charge to me ? and do ye not approve this voca'tion?" They answered "It was; and we approve ' it." Whereat the said John, abashed, burst forth 'in most abundant tears, and withdrew himself to ' his chamber. His countenance and behaviour, from ' that day till the day that he was compelled to pre'sent himself to the public place of preaching...
Page 196 - ... worth in anything, and least of all in man ; whereas Nature and Heaven command you, at your peril, to discern worth from unworth in everything, and most of all in man. Your main problem is that ancient and trite one, "Who is best man?
Page 111 - We know nothing about him of whom thou speakest. Dost thou call him God, whom neither thou nor any one else can see ? But we have a God who can be seen every day, although he is not out to-day because the weather is wet ; and he will appear to thee terrible and very grand ; and I expect that fear will mix with thy very blood when he comes into the Thing. But since thou sayest thy God is so great, let him make it so that to-morrow we have a cloudy day, but without rain, and then let us meet again.
Page 261 - There are two luminous little incidents connected with this grim time, memorable to all. Knox-describes, and, also, it is not doubted, is the hero of the scene which follows : ' These that were in the gallies were threatened with torments, ' if they would not give reverence to the Mass, for at certain times ' the Mass was said in the galley, or else heard upon the shore, in ' presence of the forsaris ' (formats) ; ' but they could never make the 'poorest of that company to give reverence to that...
Page 260 - Whereat the said John, abashed, burst forth in most abundant tears, and withdrew himself to his chamber. His countenance and behaviour, from that day till the day that he was compelled to present himself to the public place of preaching, did sufficiently declare the grief and trouble of his heart ; for no man saw any sign of mirth of him, neither yet had he pleasure to accompany any man, many days together.
Page 197 - and the Fates forgive much, — forgive the wildest, fiercest, cruellest experiments, — if fairly made for the determination of that. Theft and bloodguiltiness are not pleasing in their sight ; yet the favouring powers of the spiritual and material world will confirm to you your stolen goods ; and their noblest voices applaud the lifting of your spear, and rehearse the sculpture of your shield, if only your robbing and slaying have been in fair arbitrement of that question,
Page 113 - ... man with the staff in his hand, crooked at the top like a ram's horn. But since you say, comrades, that your God is so powerful, and can do so many wonders, tell him to make it clear sunshine to-morrow forenoon, and then we shall meet here again, and do one of two things, — either agree with you about this business, or fight you.

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