English Literature from Widsith to the Death of Chaucer: A Source Book

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Yale University Press, 1916 - English literature - 634 pages
 

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Page 37 - ... the storms of rain and snow prevail abroad ; the sparrow, I say, flying in at one door, and immediately out at another, whilst he is within, is safe from the wintry storm ; but after a short space of fair weather, he immediately vanishes out of your sight, into the dark winter from which he had emerged. So this life of man appears for a short space, but of what went before, or what is to follow, we are utterly ignorant. If, therefore, this new doctrine contains something more certain, it seems...
Page 562 - Gresse ot de chevalerie Le premier los et de clergie; Puis vint chevalerie a Rome, Et de la clergie la some, Qui ore est en France venue.
Page 192 - Sweet are the uses of adversity, Which, like the toad.' ugly and venomous, Wears yet a precious jewel in his head ; And this our life, exempt from public haunt, Finds tongues in trees, books in the running brooks, Sermons in, stones, and good in every thing.
Page 43 - What is the name," proceeded he, "of the province from which they are brought? " It was replied, that the natives of that province were called Deiri. "Truly are they De ira," said he, "withdrawn from wrath, and called to the mercy of Christ.
Page 129 - God; and how foreigners came to this land in search of wisdom and instruction, and how we should now have to get them from abroad if we were to have them.
Page 164 - and restore to communion those whom you have excommunicated, and restore their powers to those whom you have suspended.' He answered : ' There has been no satisfaction, and I will not absolve them.' ' Then you shall die,' they cried, ' and receive what you deserve.
Page 69 - In the morning sow thy seed, and in the evening withhold not thine hand : for thou knowest not whether shall prosper, either this or that, or whether they both shall be alike good.
Page 226 - To all the faithful of Christ to whom the present writing shall come, Richard, by the divine permission, abbot of Peterborough and of the Convent of the same place, eternal greeting in the Lord...
Page 328 - And take only the wages, livery, meed, or salary, which were accustomed to be given in the places where he oweth to serve, the XX.
Page 318 - When that great marsh which washes the walls of the city on the north side is frozen over, the young men go out in crowds to divert themselves upon the ice. Some, having increased their velocity by a run, placing their feet apart, and turning their bodies sideways, slide a great way : others make a seat of large pieces of ice like mill-stones, and a great number of them running before, and holding each other by the hand, draw one of their companions who is seated on the ice : if at any time they...

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