Merrie England; Travels, Descriptions, Tales and Historical Sketches

Merrie England; Travels, Descriptions, Tales and Historical Sketches

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1855 edition. Excerpt: ...in silent astonishment; the priests looked frightened or angry, or drew down their faces and rolled up their eyes, asthough shocked at the King's profanity. Edwyn was pale, and his voice shook a little, but not with fear; for God strengthened his heart that it did not fail. A holy light shone in his eye, and he spoke such wise and earnest words that every honest man present felt ready to adopt the religion of Jesus Christ. Wonderful to tell, the first to address the council after the King was Coifi, the heathen highpriest, who boldly acknowledged that the deities he had been serving were worthless and powerless, and declared his willingness to be taught a better doctrine. Then a noble spoke, saying, " O mighty King, of what good is our religion? Does it not leave us in thick darkness of ignorance about the great future beyond this life? Like birds that flit about us for a season, then fly away out of our view we know not whither, so we for a little while on this earth pass away, and no eye can follow us. If the stranger can tell what that life is that begins when our hearts stop their beating, what our souls behold when our eyes have ceased from seeing, where they dwell when the grave has shut over our bodies, then let us receive his teachings." Several other speeches like this were made; and all the council professed to be of King Edwyn's opinion. Coifi, the high-priest, became so excited that he proposed at once to set about destroying the heathen temples. So he armed himself and mounted one of the king's horses, and, heading a troop of soldiers, attacked the great temple at Godmundingham and soon levelled it to the ground.. From that time the people eagerly embraced Christianity, mostly from honest...show more

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  • Paperback | 40 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 91g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236876121
  • 9781236876126