Piers Plowman: A Contribution to the History of English Mysticism

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T. Fisher Unwin, 1894 - 262 páginas
 

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Página 9 - While he was yet speaking there came also another, and said, Thy sons and thy daughters were eating and drinking wine in their eldest brother's house : and behold, there came a great wind from the wilderness, and smote the four corners of the house, and it fell upon the young men, and they are dead, and I only am escaped alone to tell thee.
Página 216 - As I WALKED through the wilderness of this world, I lighted on a certain place where was a Den, and I laid me down in that place to sleep: and as I slept I dreamed a dream. I dreamed, and behold, I saw a man clothed with rags, standing in a certain place, with his face from his own house, a book in his hand, and a great burden upon his back.
Página 74 - ... Bright volumes of vapour through Lothbury glide, And a river flows on through the vale of Cheapside. Green pastures she views in the midst of the dale, Down which she so often has tripped with her pail ; ; And a single small cottage, a nest like a dove's, The one only dwelling on earth that she loves. She looks, and her heart is in heaven : but they fade, The mist and the river, the hill and the shade : The stream will not flow, and the hill will not rise, And the colours have all passed away...
Página 214 - I had no sooner spoken these words, but a loud though yet gentle noise came from the heavens, for it was like nothing on earth, which did so comfort and cheer me that I took my petition as granted, and that I had the sign I demanded, whereupon also I resolved to print my book. This, how strange soever it may seem, I protest before the eternal God is true, neither am I any way superstitiously deceived herein, since I did not only clearly hear the noise, but in the serenest sky that ever I saw, being...
Página 139 - Of prikyng and of huntyng for the hare Was al his lust, for no cost wolde he spare.
Página 214 - Moreover, when the Lord sent me forth into the world, He forbade me to put off my hat to any, high or low. And I was required to thee and thou all men and women, without any respect to rich or poor, great or small.
Página 214 - thee ' and ' thou ' all men and women, without any respect to rich or poor, great or small. And as I travelled up and down, I was not to bid people ' good morrow ' or ' good evening ', neither might I bow or scrape with my leg to any one; and this made the sects and professions to rage.
Página 216 - Christian and Hopeful to the city, to go out and take Ignorance and bind him hand and foot, and have him away. Then they took him up and carried him through the air to the door that I saw in the side of the hill, and put him in there. Then I saw that there was a way to hell, even from the gates of heaven, as well as from the city of Destruction.
Página 216 - And, could I think, that so many ten thousands, in so many countries and kingdoms, should be without the knowledge of the right way to heaven ; if there were indeed a heaven, and that we only, who live in a corner of the earth, should alone be blessed therewith ? Every one doth think his own religion rightest, both Jews and Moors, and Pagans! and how if all our faith, and Christ, and Scriptures, should be but a think-so too?
Página 106 - He chaunged hem at mete and at soper. Ful many a fat partrich had he in mewe, And many a brem and many a luce in stewe. Woo was his cook, but if his sauce were Poynant and scharp, and redy al his gere. His table dormant in his halle alway Stood redy covered al the longe day.

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