The Vision of William Concerning Piers the Plowman

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Clarendon Press, 1869 - 195 strán (strany)
 

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Strana 87 - In caelum conscendam, super astra Dei exaltabo solium meum, sedebo in monte testamenti in lateribus aquilonis; ascendam super altitudinem nubium, similis ero Altissimo.
Strana xi - 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...
Strana xi - England,2 commences, and with Chaucer and Wycliffe completes the revelation of this transition period, the reign of Edward III. Throughout its institutions, language, religious sentiment, Teutonism is now holding its first initiatory struggle with Latin Christianity. In Chaucer is heard a voice from the court, from the castle, from the city, from universal England.
Strana 101 - In 1. 8, the second vision begins, and may be called the Vision of the Seven Deadly Sins, and of Piers the Plowman.
Strana xi - But it is against their degenerate sons that he arrays his allegorical Host ; the Friars furnish every impersonated vice, 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 intrusion into the functions of the Clergy, their delicate attire, their dainty feasts, their magnificent buildings...
Strana xi - On such a king the commonalty would cheerfully and amply bestow sufficient revenue for all the dignity of his office, and the exigencies of the state, even for his conquests. No doubt that commonalty would first have absorbed the wealth of the hierarchy. He is not absolutely superior to that hatred of the French, nor even to the ambition for the conquest of France engendered by Edward's wars and his victories. And yet his shrewd common sense cannot but see the injustice and cruelty of those aggressive...
Strana 95 - ... men to the bedrip, or two men and an overman, that is a foreman. The kindly services rendered to the lord in seed-time and harvest were otherwise called precations, gifel-works, and love-boons. The days on which they were rendered used to be called boon-days, and occasionally love-days : a love-day more commonly meant a law-day, a day set apart for a leet or manorial court, a day of final concord and reconciliation : as we read in the Coventry Mysteries : " Now is the love-day mad of us foure...
Strana xiv - Do-bet, where he dreams of that which has been already accomplished, so here he wakes in tears, at the thought of how much remains to be done. So far from ending carelessly, he...
Strana xxvii - I was wery forwandred • and went me to reste Vnder a brode banke ' bi a bornes side, And as I lay and lened • and loked in the wateres I slombred in a slepyng • it sweyued so merye.
Strana 87 - From diamond quarries hewn, and rocks of gold ; The palace of great Lucifer, (so call That structure in the dialect of men Interpreted...

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