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  • Judas's heart was the shop, the divell was the foreman to worke in it.

    On the Old Road, Vol. 2 (of 2) A Collection of Miscellaneous Essays and Articles on Art and Literature John Ruskin 1859

  • Thus we see that the divell is the planter, and the father of usury.

    On the Old Road, Vol. 2 (of 2) A Collection of Miscellaneous Essays and Articles on Art and Literature John Ruskin 1859

  • Naturalists say they are very sagacious creatures, and I beleeve they are so; bot I shall never be of the opinion they can forsee future contingencies, which I suppose the divell himselfe can neither forknow nor fortell; these being things which the Almightie hath keepd hidden in the bosome of his divine prescience.

    A Legend of Montrose 2008

  • Wouldst thou (quoth Calandrino) have me damne my selfe to the divell?

    The Decameron 2004

  • Mad fury gave further fire to this unmanly perswasion, and nothing will now quench this but the life of poore Magdalena, suddenly sacrificed in the rescue of her Sister, such a divell is anger, when the understandings bright eye is thereby abused.

    The Decameron 2004

  • The next morning, the grave of Scannadio being found open, and the body not in it, because Alessandro had thrown it into a deep ditch neere adjoyning: all the people of Pistoya were possessed with sundry opinions, some of the more foolish sort verily beleeving, that the divell had caried away the dead body.

    The Decameron 2004

  • Spare speech, or complaining to any other of thy friends, and leave-it to me, to try if I can overcome this unchained divell, whom I tooke to be a much more holy man.

    The Decameron 2004

  • Your friend cannot terme him, but (questionlesse) a very divell of hell: this morning, before the breake of day, having heard (but how, I know not) that my husband was ridden to Geneway: got over the wall into my Garden, and climbing up a tree which standeth close before my Chamber window, when I was fast asleepe, opened the

    The Decameron 2004

  • Also a Violl of Saint Michaels sweate, when he combatted with the divell: And the jaw-bone of dead Lazarus, with many other precious things beside.

    The Decameron 2004

  • I thought that the divell would never let thee come home, all the whole Citie have dined, and yet wee must remaine without our dinner.

    The Decameron 2004


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  • Divell is a variant of divel (Oxford English Dictionary).

    June 29, 2011