John Wycliffe, patriot and reformer: a biography

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Página 182 - If we all came of the same father and mother, of Adam and Eve, how can they say or prove that they are better than we, if it be not that they make us gain for them by our toil what they spend in their pride? They are clothed in velvet, and warm in their furs and their ermines, while we are covered with rags. They have wine and spices and fair bread ; and we oat-cake and straw, and water to drink. They have leisure and fine houses ; we have pain and labour, the rain and the wind in the fields. And...
Página 19 - Love had he found in huts where poor Men lie ; His daily Teachers had been Woods and Rills, The silence that is in the starry sky, The sleep that is among the lonely hills.
Página 213 - And in this way the Gospel pearl is cast abroad, and trodden under foot of swine ; and that which was before precious to both clergy and laity, is rendered, as it were, the common jest of both. The jewel of the church is turned into the sport of the people ; and what was hitherto the principal gift of the clergy and divines, is made for ever common to the laity...
Página 238 - The Body of Christ is given, taken, and eaten, in the Supper, only after an heavenly and spiritual manner. And the mean whereby the Body of Christ is received and eaten in the Supper is Faith.
Página 122 - The Lord Percy's motion for Wiclif, is but reasonable. And as for you, my lord bishop, who are grown so proud and arrogant, I will bring down the pride, not of you alone, but of all the prelacy in England.
Página 179 - He wiste that a man was repentant. For many a man so hard is of his herte, He may not wepe although him sore smerte.
Página 182 - Good people,' cried the preacher, 'things will never go well in England so long as goods be not in common, and so long as there be villeins and gentlemen. By what right are they whom we call lords greater folk than we?
Página 178 - But many think if they give a penny to a pardoner, they shall be forgiven the breaking of all the commandments of God, and therefore they take no heed how they keep them. But I say to thee for...
Página 168 - ... by a transition which marks the wonderful genius of the man the schoolman was transformed into the pamphleteer. If Chaucer is the father of our later English poetry, Wyclif is the father of our later English prose. The rough, clear, homely English of his tracts, the speech of the...
Página 179 - For he had power of confession, As said himself, more than a curate, For of his order he was licentiate. 220 Full sweetely heard he confession, And pleasant was his absolution. He was an easy man to give penance, There as he wist 1 to have a good pittance: For unto a poor order for to give Is signe that a man is well yshrive.

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