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- v. remove by or as if by cutting
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This kind of sanctification may help to restrain sin, but not to mortify sin; it may lop off the boughs, but it layeth not the axe to the root of the tree; it sweeps and garnishes the room with common virtues, but doth not adorn it with saving graces; so that a man is but almost a Christian, notwithstanding this sanctification.
You call these men a mob, desperate, dangerous, and ignorant; and seem to think that the only way to quiet the “Bellua multorum capitum” is to lop off a few of its superfluous heads.
But even if he were found guilty, his loving sister, Queen Cataldise, would never permit the Royal Executioner to lop off his head.
And, believe me, if I were condemned to the galleys, I should think it less than I deserve; for I hate myself, I repeat – I honour my father, though I have used him so ill; I love my mother, – for all her deuced severity, – to the bottom of my soul; I would cut off my left arm for Lavinia and Eugenia; and for thee, Camilla, I would lop off my right!
When the tree falls, the swampers lop off its branches and the sawyers divide it into logs.