Lives of the Queens of England, from the Norman Conquest, Volumen 1


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Página 83 - Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me. Cast me not away from thy presence ; and take not thy holy spirit from me. Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation ; and uphold me with thy free spirit.
Página 85 - And bade to form her infant mind. Stern, rugged Nurse ! thy rigid lore With patience many a year she bore ; What sorrow was, thou bad'st her know, And from her own she learn'd to melt at others
Página 42 - Battle, in which the prayer was to be offered up perpetually for the repose of the souls of all who had fallen in the conflict, was at once the monument of his triumph and the token of his piety. The abbey was most richly endowed, and all the land for one league round about was annexed to the Battle franchise. The Abbot was freed from the authority of the Metropolitan of Canterbury, and invested with archiepiscopal...
Página 179 - ... barbers, courtesans and parasites, making so much noise, and in a word such an intolerable tumultuous jumble of horse and foot, that you imagine the great abyss hath opened, and that hell hath poured forth all its inhabitants.
Página 89 - And all the bounds up and downe, Under the earth to hell, Above the earth to heaven, From me and from mine To thee and to thine As good and as faire As ever they myne were.
Página 114 - Prosperity ne'er sadden'd o'er her brow, While glad in trouble, she enjoy'd her woe : .Beauty nor made her vain, nor sceptres proud, Nor titles taught to scorn the meaner crowd. Supreme humility was awful grace, And her chief charms a bashfulness of face.
Página 19 - ... rode off at full speed. This Teutonic method of courtship, according to our author, brought the affair to a crisis ; for Matilda, either convinced of the strength of William's passion by the violence of his behaviour, or afraid of encountering a second beating, consented to become his wife.2 How he ever presumed to enter her presence again, after such a series of enormities, the chronicle saith not, and we are at a loss to imagine.
Página 31 - Wace, whom we may almost regard in the light of a contemporary chronicler, in still quainter language describes the appearance of this comet, and the impression it made on the unphilosophical star-gazers of the eleventh century. " This year a great star appeared in the heavens, shining for fourteen days, with three long rays streaming towards the south. Such a star as is wont to be seen when a kingdom is about to change its ruler. I have seen men who saw it, — men who were of full age at the time...
Página 46 - ... belongs. It is matter of doubt to us whether one out of the many gentlemen who have disputed Matilda's claims to that work, if called upon to execute a copy of either of the figures on canvas, would know how to put in the first stitch.
Página 182 - ... thus the queen traced him to a thicket in the labyrinth or maze of the park, where he disappeared. She kept the matter secret, often revolving in her own mind in what company he could meet with balls of silk. Soon after the king left Woodstock for a distant journey ; then Queen...

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