The Whole Works of King Alfred the Great: With Preliminary Essays, Illustrative of the History, Arts, and Manners, of the Ninth Century, Volume 2

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Bosworth & Harrison, 1858
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Page 530 - And portance in my travel's history; Wherein of antres vast, and deserts idle, Rough quarries, rocks, and hills whose heads touch heaven, It was my hint to speak, — such was the process; And of the Cannibals that each other eat, The Anthropophagi, and men whose heads Do grow beneath their shoulders.
Page 51 - And if any mischief follow, then thou shalt give life for life, eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot, burning for burning, wound for wound, stripe for stripe.
Page 442 - ... thereto and stand as if they were tame ; so still, that though men or hounds pursued them, they shunned them not. Then said they, that the harper's wife should die, and her soul should be led to hell.
Page 365 - And now he prays, and for God's name implores, every one of those whom it lists to read this book, that he would pray for him, and not blame him, if he more rightly understand it than he could ; for every man must, according to the measure of his understanding, and according to his leisure, speak that which he speaks, and do that which he does.
Page 20 - God, 1 call and speak. Hear, O hear me, Lord! for thou art my God and my Lord ; my Father and my Creator; my ruler and my hope; my wealth and my honour; my house; my country ; my salvation and my life ! Hear, hear me, O Lord!
Page 37 - The Cwenas sometimes make war on the Northmen over the waste ; sometimes the Northmen on them. There are very large fresh water meers beyond the wastes ; and the Cwenas carry their boats over land into the meers, and thence make war on the Northmen. They have very little boats, and very light.
Page 537 - When I remembered all this, I wondered extremely that the good and wise men who were formerly all over England, and had perfectly learned all the books, did not wish to translate them into their own language. But again I soon answered myself and said : " ' They did not think that men would ever be so careless, and that learning would so decay. " ' Through that they abstained from it, and they wished that the wisdom in this land might increase with our knowledge of languages.
Page 443 - Then went his wife after him. When he came forth into the light, then looked he behind his back towards the woman. Then was she immediately lost to him. This fable teaches every man who desires to fly the darkness of hell, and to come to the light of the true good, that he look not about him to his old vices, so that he practise them again as fully as he did before. For whosoever with full will turns his mind to the vices which he had before forsaken, and practises them, and they then fully please...
Page 46 - ... and there are many towns, and in every town there is a king. There is also very much honey and fishing. The king and the richest men drink mare's milk, but the poor and the slaves drink mead. There is very much war among them ; and there is no ale brewed by the Esthonians, but there is mead enough. There is also a custom with the Esthonians, that when a man is dead he lies in his house, unburnt, with his kindred and friends a month — sometimes two ; and the king and other men of high rank,...
Page 174 - Eleutherius the pope, prayed that he might be a Christian, and also obtained his request. Then it was from Christ's hithercoming a hundred and fifty.six years, that Marcus by surname Antoninus, who was the fourteenth from Augustus Cesar, received the empire of the Romans with Aurelius his brother. In the times of these kings the holy man Eleuther was bishop and pope of the Roman church. Lucius king of Britain sent a letter to him, prayed and entreated him, that by his command he might be made a Christian....

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