A Literary Source-book of the German Renaissance

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Department of History, University of Pennsylvania, 1899 - Renaissance - 112 pages

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Page 23 - At present, in London, the waits arc musicians who play during the night or early in the morn-ing for two or three weeks before Christmas. WAITZ, vlts, GEORG (1813-86). A German historian, born at Flensburg, in Schleswig. He was educated in the schools of his native town and at the universities of Kiel and Berlin. In 1842 he was called to the chair of history at Kiel, where he remained for five years. In 1849 he became professor 'af history at Göttingen.
Page 49 - we shall relieve the ship of her cargo. Necessity, a stern mistress, commands this. It is better to save our lives, with the loss of our goods, than to perish along with our goods." The truth of this was evident to us; and many boxes of precious goods were thrown into the sea. A. This was indeed a loss! B. There was a certain Italian who had been upon an embassy to the king of Scotland ; he had a box full of silver and gold, plates, rings, cloth, and silk garments. A. Would he not settle with the...
Page 53 - For it". was badly broken, and the sea was rushing in. A little later the sailor informed us that he saw a church tower, and advised us to pray to the saint for aid, whoever might be the patron of that church. All fall upon their knees and pray to the unknown saint. A. If you had called him by name perhaps he might have heard you. B. He was unknown to us. Meanwhile the captain steers the ship, shattered as it was, and leaking at every seam, and evidently ready to fall to pieces, had it not been bound...
Page 52 - ... what is asked. A. But in the meanwhile did not your conscience cry out against you? Were you not afraid to call him Father whom you have offended with so many transgressions? B. To tell the truth, my conscience did terrify me a little; but presently I gathered courage, thinking, there is no father so angry with his son, but, if he sees him in danger, in a river or a lake, would seize him by the hair and draw him out upon the bank.
Page 52 - ... the ship was struck by a big wave, and the captain, fearing lest it should go to pieces, bound it fore and aft with cables. A. What a miserable makeshift ! B. Then an aged priest, sixty years old, whose name was Adam, comes forward. Casting off his clothes even to his shirt and his leather stockings he ordered that we should prepare ourselves in a similar manner for swimming; and standing thus in the middle of the ship he preached to us out of Gerson the five truths concerning the usefulness...
Page 38 - I write it, — th,ere are among you ; saints, the latchets of whose shoes I am not worthy to unloose.
Page 49 - ... Wind has got the better of me; all that we have now to do is to place our Hope in God, and every one to prepare himself for Death. ANT. This was cold Comfort. ADOL. But in the first Place, says he, we must lighten the Ship ; Necessity requires it, tho
Page 49 - A. A speech worthy of a sailor. B. So the Italian also threw over his goods, with many an oath, regretting that he had trusted his life to so barbarous an element. A little later the winds, in no wise softened by our offerings, broke the rigging and tore the sails into shreds. A. Too bad! Too bad! B. Again the skipper approaches us. A. With further information? B. He greets us: "Friends, the time has come that everybody should commend himself to God and prepare for death.
Page 52 - ... even that. A. Why not? B. Because Heaven is a large place. If I commend myself to some saint, St. Peter for example, who is most likely to hear me first of all, since he stands at the door ; before he goes to God and explains my case I should have perished. A. What did you do, then? B. I went straight to the Father himself, saying: "Our Father who art in heaven.
Page 50 - Others promis'da great many Things to the Wood of the Cross, which was in such a Place ; others again, to that which was in such a Place ; and the same was done by the Virgin Mary, which reigns in a great many Places, and they think the Vow is of no Effect, unless the Place be mentioned.

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