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Էջ 123 - It is a very striking circumstance, that the Beauty of high-minded inventors of this great art tried at the very outset so bold a flight as the printing an entire Bible, and executed it with astonishing success. It was Minerva leaping on earth in her divine strength and radiant armour, ready at the moment of her nativity to subdue and destroy her enemies.
Էջ 129 - The eldest son, being a protestant, might turn his father's estate in fee simple into a tenancy for life, and thus secure his own inheritance. But if the children were all papists, the father's lands were to be of the nature of gavel-kind, and descend equally among them.
Էջ 129 - The enormities of this detestable government are far too numerous, even in species, to be enumerated in this slight sketch ; and of course most instances of cruelty have not been recorded. The privy council was accustomed to extort confessions by torture ; that grim divan of bishops, lawyers, and peers sucking in the groans of each undaunted enthusiast, in hope that some imperfect avowal might lead to the sacrifice of other victims, or at least warrant the execution of the present.
Էջ 130 - To have exterminated the catholics by the sword, or expelled them, like the Moriscoes of Spain, would have been little more repugnant to justice and humanity, but incomparably more politic.
Էջ 123 - It is a very striking circumstance," says Mr. Hallam, " that the high-minded inventors of this great art tried, at the very outset, so bold a flight as the printing of an entire Bible,* and executed it with astonishing success. It was Minerva leaping on earth in her divine strength and radiant armour, ready at the moment of her nativity to subdue and destroy her enemies.
Էջ 118 - While the emperor triumphed at Constantinople or Jerusalem, an obscure town on the confines of Syria was pillaged by the Saracens, and they cut in pieces some troops who advanced to its relief: an ordinary and trifling occurrence, had it not been the prelude of a mighty revolution. These robbers were the apostles of...
Էջ 129 - ... quarter sessions. Intermarriages between persons of different religion, and possessing any estate in Ireland, were forbidden ; the children, in case of either parent being protestant, might be taken from the other, to be educated in that faith. No papist could be guardian to any child ; but the court of chancery might appoint some relation or other person to bring up the ward in the protestant religion. The...
Էջ 117 - ... yet occasion any difficulty ; for the Christians of this century did not imagine that the souls of the saints were so entirely confined to the celestial mansions, as to be deprived of the privilege of visiting mortals, and travelling when they pleased through various countries. They were further of opinion, that the places most frequented by departed spirits were those where the bodies they had formerly animated were interred ; and this opinion, which the Christians borrowed from the Greeks and...
Էջ 129 - They were still formidable from their numbers and their sufferings ; and the victorious party saw no security but in a system of oppression, contained in a series of laws during the reigns of William and Anne, which have scarce a parallel in European history, unless it be that of the protestants in France, after the revocation of the edict of Nantes, who yet were but a feeble minority of the whole people.

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