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 125 - 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 45 - 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. 18. Ohthere said that the district in which he dwelt was called 48 Rask translates it : — Der ligger vilde Fjaelde bsten for og oven for langs med det beboede Land.
Page 501 - 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 54 - ... 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 64 - We both arrived at the same moment, and each snatching at a fine ripe plum, put it at once into our mouths ; when, on biting it, instead of the cool, delicious, juicy fruit which we expected, our mouths were filled with a dry bitter dust...
Page 463 - The fairness, moreover, and the vigour of the body, rejoices and delights the man, and health makes him cheerful. In all these bodily felicities, men seek simple happiness, as it seems to them. For whatsoever every man chiefly loves above all other things, that he persuades himself is best for him, and that is his highest good. "When, therefore, he has acquired that, he imagines that he may be very happy. I do not deny, that these goods and this happiness are the highest good of this present life....
Page 256 - It was set (or laid) in the porch of St Gregory the pope, from whose disciples he had received the word of life and the faith of Christ.
Page 206 - Eleutherus, a holy man, presided over the Roman church, Lucius, king of Britain, sent a letter to him, entreating that by his command he might be made a Christian. He soon obtained the effect of his pious request, and the Britons preserved the faith, which they had received, uncorrupted and entire, in peace and tranquillity until the time of the emperor Diocletian.
Page 49 - Anglorum populi sunt orti. Duces fuisse perhibentur eorum primi duo fratres Hengist et Horsa; e quibus Horsa postea occisus in bello a Brettonibus, hactenus in orientalibus Cantiae partibus monumentum habet suo nomine insigne.
Page 472 - Does it seem to thee that the man has great power who seems to himself to have none, even as to many a man it seems that he has none, unless he have many a man to serve him ? What shall we now say more concerning the king, and concerning his followers, except that every rational man may know that they are full miserable and we~ak ? How can kings deny or conceal their weakness, when they are not able to attain any honour without their thanes

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