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  • [219] It is remarkable that great plagues often spread over the earth precisely at the same time with general crises in the intellectual or moral world; e. g., the plague at Athens and the Peloponnesian war: the plagues under the Antonines and under Decius; the labes inquinaria at the end of the 6th century; the ignis sacer in the 11th; the black death in the 14th, &c.

    The Life of Jesus Christ in Its Historical Connexion and Historical Developement.

  • I've never seen the like: those long ranks of red coats simply thundered forward, changing formation as they went, into two hammerheads that engulfed the gates, up went the black death banners, and heedless of the storm of shot that met them those howling devils surged into the city and carried all before them.

    Flashman and the Dragon


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