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...to the great theme that had so long occupied his musing hours; and the unexpected character of a conversation which, as he had supposed, would have mainly treated of letters of credit, the more excited him.
'Then,' said Tancred, with animation, 'seeing how things are, that I am born in an age and in a country divided between infidelity on one side and an anarchy of creeds on the other; with none competent to guide me, yet feeling that I must believe, for I hold thatDuty cannot exist without faith.is it so wild as some would think it, I would say is it unreasonable, that I should wish to do that which, six centuries ago, was done by my ancestor whose name I bear, and that I should cross the seas, and----?' He hesitated.
'And visit the Holy Sepulchre,' said Sidonia.
'And visit the Holy Sepulchre,' said Tancred, solemnly; 'for that, I confess, is my sovereign thought.'
'Well, the crusades were of vast advantage to Europe,' said Sidonia, 'and renovated the spiritual hold which... Disraeli, Benjamin
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