Monday, March 31, 2008

England & Edmund Campion

Many innocent hands are lifted up to heaven for you daily by those English students, whose posteritie shall never die, which beyond seas, gathering virtue and sufficient knowledge for the purpose, are determined never to give you over, but either to win you heaven, or to die upon your pikes. And touching our Societie, be it known to you that we have made a league - all the Jesuits in the world, whose succession and multitude must overreach all the practices of England - cheerfully to carry the cross you shall lay upon us, and never to despair your recovery, while we have a man left to enjoy your Tyburn, or to be racked with your torments, or consumed with your prisons. The expense is reckoned, the enterprise is begun; it is of God, it cannot be withstood. So the faith was planted: so it must be restored.
Campion's Brag [To the Right Honourable, the Lords of Her Majestie's Privy Council] in Edmund Campion, by Evelyn Waugh (1946)

I think I'm going to enjoy this book...

1 comment:

  1. Sounds like he was not like me .. he sounds like he was brave :)