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THE WREXHAM RECORDER. 0, the Recorder:—let me see." Hamlet. Vol. I. No. 9. NOVEMBER, 1848. [Price 2d. HISTOKICAL GLEANINGS, No. 7. Bangob, Isacoed.—Concluded. (Continued from page 73.^) The massacre of the Monks of Bangor, and the state of warfare and ani¬ mosity which succeeded, had no favourable tendency upon the minds of the Cambrian Clergy. They continued resolutely to maintain the indepen¬ dence of their church and country, although exposed to the most powerful hostilities from the King's of the English Saxons. The Welsh Princes, roused at the devastation committed by Ethelbert, combined their forces, and routed him with great slaughter, so that he did not long remain without chastisement for his ambition and cruelty. * The latter days of Augustine were coeval with the tyrant Phocas, under whose reign Boniface Pope, of Kome, was proclaimed universal Bishop, or head of the whole Christian Church ; the remnant of the old Britons were fixed in their determination not to be subjugated by any for¬ eign Prince, power, or prelate, but to maintain a simplicity in religion, the reverse of which prevailed among the adherents of Borne. The poems of Taliesin and other Bards, who wrote after the coming over of the Missionaries from Borne, have left some stanzas containing severe reprehensions of a false and defective religion, upholding avarice and oppression, and destitute of mercy and justicef. * Horae Britt. vol. 2, p. 276. f The laziness of the Monks, and the dissoluteness of the people, are severely lashed, imprecations are denounced against sensuality, falsehood, and treachery, and against him who gains wealth hy injustice, who is unfeeling to the poor, aud distributes none of his possessions to the relief of the indigent, shutting his door against the pilgrim, and neglecting to assist the captive and the afflicted. The Bard writes as one who understood that religion does not consist in mere external forms, but in justice and mercy, and the love of God. NO. IX. H