History of Charles the Great and Orlando, Volume 1

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Thomas Rodd
T. Rodd and T. Boosey, 1812 - Ballads, Spanish
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Page 36 - He required eight spans for his girdle, besides what hung loose. He ate sparingly of bread; but a whole quarter of lamb , two fowls, a goose , or a large portion of pork; a peacock, a crane, or a whole hare. He drank moderately of wine and water. He was so strong , that he could at a single blow cleave asunder an armed soldier on horseback, from the head to the waist, and the horse likewise. He easily vaulted over four horses harnessed together, and could raise an armed man from...
Page 42 - ... berylline apple, engraved with the sacred name of God, endued with keenness and every other virtue, who now shall wield thee in battle ? who shall call thee master? He that possessed thee was never conquered, never daunted at the foe ; phantoms never appalled him. Aided by Omnipotence, with thee did he destroy the Saracen, exalt the faith of Christ, and acquire consummate glory. Oft hast thou vindicated the blood of Jesus, against Pagans, Jews, and heretics ; oft hewed off the hand and foot of...
Page 21 - Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire: for I was an hungered, and ye gave me no meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me no drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me not in: naked, and ye clothed me not: I was sick, and in prison, and ye visited me not.
Page 42 - Christian concealed in the adjacent woods to his assistance, or to recal his friends beyond the pass. This horn was endued with such power, that all other horns were split by its sound ; and it is said that Orlando at that time blew it with such vehemence, that he burst the veins and nerves of his neck. The sound reached the king's ears, who lay encamped in the valley still called by his name, about eight miles from Ronceval, towards Gascony, being carried so far by supernatural power.
Page 21 - Argolander then refused to be baptized, and, returning to his army, prepared for battle on the morrow. Charles, seeing the mischief his neglect of these poor men had occasioned, ordered them to be decently cloathed and better fed.
Page 6 - Iv. Of the Idol Mahomet. The Emperor utterly destroyed the idols and images in Spain, except the idol in Andalusia, called Salamcadis. Cadis properly signifies the place of an island, but in Arabic it means God. The Saracens had a tradition that the idol Mahomet, which they worshipped, was made by himself in his life-time ; and that by the help of a legion of devils it was by magic art endued with such irresistible strength, that it could not be broken. If any Christian approached it, he was exposed...
Page 20 - Those you see in robes of one colour," replied the King, " are priests and bishops of our holy religion, who expound the gospel to us, absolve us from our offences, and bestow heavenly benediction. Those in black are monks and abbots ; all of them holy men, who implore incessantly the divine favour in our behalf." But in the meantime Argolander espying thirty poor men in mean habiliments, without either table or table-cloth, sitting and eating their scanty meals upon the ground, he inquired what...
Page vi - Monarch have no relation to him whatever, though they are historically true of the Armorican Chieftain, Charles Martel. It was this hero, whose father was named Pepin, and who had four sons, who performed various exploits in the forest of Ardenne against the four sons of Aymon ; who warred against the Saxons ; who conquered the Saracens at Poictiers ; it...
Page 22 - We must consider likewise that our faith in Christ is of little value without good works. As the body, says the Apostle, without the soul is dead, so is faith dead if it produce not good fruit. And as the Pagan King refused baptism because he found something wrong after it, so our Lord, I fear, will refuse our baptism at the day of judgment if superfluity of faults be found in us.
Page 17 - Bordeaux, overspread the country for the space of two days' journey, and the noise they made was heard at twelve miles distance. Arnold of Berlanda first traversed the pass of the Pyrenees, and came to Pampeluna. Then came Astolfo, followed by Aristagnus ; Angelerus, Galdebode, Ogier the King, and Constantine, with their several divisions. Charles and his troops brought up the rear, covering the whole land from the river of Rume to the mountains, that lie three leagues beyond them on the Compostella...

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