Excerpt from Mores Catholici, or Ages of Faith, Vol. 1: Containing Books I, II, III, IV, and V
Catholic; when vast temples were seen to rise in every place of human concourse to give glory to God, and to exalt men's sculato sanctity; when houses of holy peace and order were found amidst woods and desolate mountains, on the banks of placid lakes as well as on the solitary rocks in the ocean: agesof sanctity which witnessed a Bede, an Alcuin, a Bernard, a Francis, and crowds who followed them as they did Christ: ages of vast and beneficent intelli; gence, in which it pleased the Holy Spirit to display the power of the seven gifts, in the lives of an Anselm, a Thomas of Aqui num, and the saintly ﬂock whose steps a cloister guarded: ages of the highest civil virtue; which gave birth to the laws and institutions of an Edward, a Lewis, a Sugar: ages of the noblest art, which beheld a Giotto, a Michael Angelo, s Rall'aelo, a Dominichino ages of poetry, which heard an Aritas, a Caedmon, a Dante, a Shaka pcare, a Calderon of more than mortal heroism, which produced a Tancred, and a Godfrey: ages of majesty, which knew a Charlemagne, an Alfred, and the sainted youth who bore the lily: ages too of England's glory, when she appears not even excluding a comparison with the eastern empire, as the most truly civilized country on the globe; when the Sovereign of the ter 'ou of the western world appli to her schools for instructors when she sends forth her saints to evangelise the nations of the north, and to diffuse spiritual treasure over the whole world; when heroes ﬂock to her courts to behold the models of reproachless chivalry, and Emperors leave their thrones to adore God at the tombs of her martyrsl as Dante says, No tongue 30 vast a theme could equal, speech and thought Both impotent alike.
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