In one the University of Oxford was ordered to imprison him; in others Wyclif was ordered to appear before the Pope; in still another the English bishops were ordered to arrest him and try him themselves.
At length, however, Wyclif was once more brought before a court of bishops in London.
"But I disagree with you," the Bishop interposed, his pale, ascetic face betraying by a faint glow the intensity of his feelings.
"But why should there be a conflict?" the Bishop demanded warmly.
Quoth he to himself, "Yon Bishop
is overgaudy for a holy man.
Already were the guests beginning to assemble, when the Bishop
, back in the vestry, saw a minstrel clad in green walk up boldly to the door and peer within.
'I am told,' said Bishop
magnate to Horse Guards, 'that Mr Merdle has made another enormous hit.
looked anxiously at the man sobbing in the ingle-nook.
"Yes, Father," laughed the great fellow, "for the sake of Holy Church I did indeed confiscate that temptation completely, and if you must needs have proof in order to absolve me from my sins, come with me now and you shall sample the excellent discrimination which the Bishop
of Norwich displays in the selection of his temptations."
From the "Master of Sentences," he had passed to the "Capitularies of Charlemagne;" and he had devoured in succession, in his appetite for science, decretals upon decretals, those of Theodore, Bishop
of Hispalus; those of Bouchard, Bishop
of Worms; those of Yves, Bishop
of Chartres; next the decretal of Gratian, which succeeded the capitularies of Charlemagne; then the collection of Gregory IX.; then the Epistle of
"Oh," said Bazin, without hesitation, "now that monseigneur is a bishop
, I shall soon have my orders, or at least my dispensations." And he rubbed his hands.
It seemed to him that the voice of the bishop
's, but just now so playful and gay, had become funereal and sad; that the wax lights changed into the tapers of a mortuary chapel, the very glasses of wine into chalices of blood.