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0119 Marco Polo : vol.1
Marco Polo : vol.1 / Page 119 (Color Image)

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commandment of the calif they knelt down with the head on earth and had great fear and

great dread, but yet they had good hope in their Creator Jesus Christ,•and with FB v

great weeping made prayer to God. And when all these people, Christians and Saracens,

were in that plain, then the shoemaker exhorted them to stand most firm in the Christian vB

faith, because if they all died by the hand of the calif with the greatest and undoubted faith

they must be sure as martyrs from the campi to go to the holy Paradise; to whom all with the

greatest constancy of mind promised that if our Lord God were pleased with their death they

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his name and for strengthening and confirming of the Christian faith, that he would give help

to his people about the commandment laid upon them, and would show his strength and power

to the detractors of his faith, and that that mountain may be obliged to move and that

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it please thee we are ready not denying thy name to receive whatever torment thou, Lord God,

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favour to this thy people so that they may not die and that thy faith be not cast down nor

despised, • but that thy supreme power by us thy Christians confessed may be known by all those VB

most unbelieving men ; • not at all that I am worthy to pray or request of thee, but thy power FB

is so great and thy • immense kindness and •mercy that thou wilt hear this my prayer from me VB FB

who am thy servant full of sin, . asking thee, eternal Father, special grace that by the power VB

of thy name this mountain may be forced to move • and go to the other side, so that this unjust v

people may not destroy thy faith. And when he had made his prayer with great devotion VA

and faith, • he said •with a loud voice, • In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the z R Z

holy Ghost I command thee the mountain to depart thence to that place there by the strength

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of Jesus Christ •visibly to crumble from above and to move one mile toward the plain • v z z

where the calif had ordered it,.with wonderful and terrible trembling of the earth, which FB VB

' de Castro This presumably has some technical meaning which I have not been able to discover.