The whole works of King Alfred the Great: with preliminary essays illustrative of the history, arts, and manners of the ninth century

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Страница 500 - ... 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.
Страница 421 - 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.
Страница 331 - The bishop's men having gathered eel-nets everywhere, cast them into the sea, and by the blessing of God took three hundred fishes of several sorts, which, being divided into three parts, they gave a hundred to the poor, a hundred to those of whom they had the nets, and kept a hundred for their own use. By this benefit the bishop gained the affections of them all, and they began more readily at his preaching to hope for heavenly goods, seeing that by his help they had received those which are temporal.
Страница 219 - Wantsum, which is three furlongs broad, and in two places is fordable, and either end lies in the sea. On this isle came up Christ's servant Augustine and his fellows — he was one of forty. They likewise took with them interpreters from Frankland (France), as St. Gregory bade them ; and he sent messengers to Ethelbert, and let him know that he came from Rome, and brought the best errand, and whosoever would be obedient to him, he promised him everlasting gladness in heaven, and a kingdom hereafter...
Страница 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...
Страница 474 - Wisdom had sung this song, then began he again to make a speech, and said; Worthless and very false is the glory of this world! Concerning this a certain poet formerly sung. When he contemned this present life he said, O glory of this world! Alas! why do foolish men call thee with false voice, glory, when thou art none! For man more frequently has great renown, and great glory, and great honour, through the opinion of foolish people, than he has through his deservings. But tell me now, what is more...
Страница 54 - ... 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, so much longer according to their wealth, remain...
Страница 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....
Страница 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 weak ? How can kings deny or conceal their weakness, when they are not able to attain any honour without their thanes
Страница 419 - ... it, for the various and manifold worldly occupations which often busied him both in mind and in body. The occupations are to us very difficult to be numbered which in his days came upon the kingdoms which he had undertaken ; and...

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