Gustavus Vasa and his stirring times

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W.S. Sonnenschein, 1884 - Sweden - 287 pages
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Page 264 - If I had served God as well as I have served my king, he would not have abandoned me in my old age.
Page 237 - Christian, and how it has pleased God through me to deliver us from this tyranny. Therefore ought we, high and low, lord and master, old and young, never to forget the same Almighty aid. For what man was I to expel so mighty a lord, who not only ruled over three kingdoms, but was allied and nearly connected with the Emperor and the most powerful princes. I could not imagine so great a glory would be mine when in forests and among the rocks of the desert, I was obliged to conceal myself from the sword...
Page 187 - Allen acknowledged he was a leetle inclined that way, and as he had had his feed, he now wanted his straw. In the morning Hoss Allen became " dreadful poorly," and it was with great difficulty he could be prevailed upon to get up. All were sympathising with his affliction, and the matron of the house boiled him some hot " sass-tea," which, the old man said, relieved him mightily.
Page 239 - I require neither stars nor any other sign to prophecy that to me ; I feel in my own body the tokens that I shall soon go hence, and at the foot of the King of Kings lay down my account for the glorious but perishable crown of the kingdom of Sweden. Follow me therefore with your faithful prayers, and when I have laid my eyes together, let my ashes rest in peace.
Page 86 - Reformation ; and it causes us to pause and reflect how often in the history of nations, as well as in the lives of...
Page 228 - ... office, as for all others downwards; otherwise there will be provocation, hurry, and postponement in every part." Again he would say; " It is the fault of the rulers if the governed do not obey, for the law must be followed without partiality, and always. Let no one do what he pleases, but what he ought. No one in office is to be endured who is not frugal, useful, and industrious. The morning hour has gold in its mouth. Away with the idler; but honour and reward to the faithful labourer in the...
Page 230 - ... and church-going; much depends upon these for the peace both of the soul and the country. Love your subjects; the right-minded among them will love you, and with them you will govern the rest. Thus have I done, dear children! I have, with God's grace, laboured on your fitting education. Remain such for the wellbeing of yourselves and others; and remember that the memory of a king ought not to die away with the sound of his funeral bells, but remain in the hearts of his people.
Page 70 - Beldenak, whether men who had raised their hands against the Pope and the Holy Roman Church were not heretics ? They could give but one answer.
Page 239 - ... us, that also in temporal concerns he has prospered and endowed the kingdom with all manner of blessing as we see before our eyes; for this we ought, good men and subjects, with the greatest humility and gratitude, to give God the glory. " It is well known to me, that I, in the estimation of many, have been a stern king; but the time will come when the children of Sweden would wish to tear me from my grave if they could do it. But I must not blush to acknowledge human weaknesses and failings,...
Page 229 - ... season, and greedy to govern. They require a bold king with a manly mind; they cannot abide injustice, slavery, or a coward easily. They require a merry king, but a stern one; not one who looks through his fingers. In war they must fight — no parleying; they shame where little is done. Love therefore and honour this old kingdom whose inhabitants have been far and wide, and rebuked both east, south, and west. Encourage and found hospitals and schools, and your forces both on sea and land. Love...

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