The Vision of William Concerning Piers the Plowman: In Three Parallel Texts; Together with Richard the Redeless, Volumen2

Clarendon Press, 1886

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Página 164 - WHAT is truth ?" said jesting Pilate, and would not stay for an answer. Certainly there be that delight in giddiness, and count it a bondage to fix a belief, affecting free-will in thinking as well as in acting. And though the sects of philosophers of that kind be gone, yet there remain certain discoursing wits which are of the same veins, though there be not...
Página 72 - Love thyself last: cherish those hearts that hate thee; Corruption wins not more than honesty. Still in thy right hand carry gentle peace, To silence envious tongues. Be just, and fear not: Let all the ends thou aim'st at be thy country's...
Página 147 - And they say, How doth God know? and is there knowledge in the Most High? 12 Behold, these are the ungodly, who prosper in the world ; they increase in riches.
Página 25 - Quomodo cecidisti de caelo lucifer, qui mane oriebaris? Corruisti in terram, qui vulnerabas gentes, qui dicebas in corde tuo: In caelum conscendam, super astra Dei exaltabo solium meum, sedebo in monte testamenti in lateribus aquilonis; ascendam super altitudinem nubium, similis ero Altissimo.
Página 56 - What, art mad ? A man may see how this world goes with no eyes. Look with thine ears: see how yond justice rails upon yond simple thief. Hark, in thine ear: change places; and, handy-dandy, which is the justice, which is the thief?
Página 177 - No tool had he who wrought; no knife to cut; No nail to fix; no bodkin to insert; No glue to join; his little beak was all. And yet how neatly finished! What nice hand, With every implement and means of art, • And twenty years apprenticeship to boot, Could make me such another?
Página 56 - Thou hast most traitorously corrupted the youth of the realm in erecting a grammar school; and whereas, before, our forefathers had no other books but the score and the tally, thou hast caused printing to be used, and, contrary to the king, his crown and dignity, thou hast built a paper-mill.
Página 26 - C. Where be the anjelles that God put out of heven and bycam devilles ? M. Som into hell, and som reyned in the skye, and som in the erth, and som in waters and in wodys.
Página li - It is in his intense absorbing moral feeling that he is beyond his age : with him outward observances are but hollow shows, mockeries, hypocrisies without the inward power of religion. It is not so much in his keen cutting satire on all matters of the Church as his solemn installation of Reason and Conscience as the guides of the self-directed soul, that he is breaking the yoke of sacerdotal domination ; in his constant appeal to the plainest, simplest Scriptural truths, as in themselves the whole...
Página lii - Host ; the \FriarjTjurnish every impersonated ^iceP are foes to every virtue ; his bitterest satire, his keenest irony (and these weapons he wields with wonderful poetic force) are against their dissoluteness, their idleness, their pride, their rapacity, their arts, their lies, their hypocrisy, their delicate attire, their dainty feasts, their magnificent buildings...

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