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scourges

instruments of Christ’s flagellation. [Christian Symbolism: N.T.: Matthew 27:26]
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Fondly do we hope--fervently do we pray--that this mighty scourge of war may speedily pass away.
Thus, we should, in a little time, see established in every part of this country the same engines of despotism which have been the scourge of the Old World.
Chains were rattling, fierce and stern voices uttered threats, and the scourge resounded at their command.
Possessed as they are of immense droves of horses should they continue their present predatory and warlike habits, they may in time become a scourge to the civilized frontiers on either side of the mountains, as they are at present a terror to the traveller and trader.
The natives of the coast, and, indeed, of all the regions west of the mountains, had an extreme dread of the small-pox; that terrific scourge having, a few years previously, appeared among them, and almost swept off entire tribes.
Money is the whip with which its possessor can scourge humanity.
Even as the three wayfarers stared, however, there was a sudden change, for the smaller man, having finished his song, loosened his own gown and handed the scourge to the other, who took up the stave once more and lashed his companion with all the strength of his bare and sinewy arm.
Then at the end of the verse the scourge changed hands and the chanting began anew.
Returned home in triumph, Beowulf much later receives the due reward of his valor by being made king of his own tribe, and meets his death while killing a fire-breathing dragon which has become a scourge to his people.
Passion for power: the glowing scourge of the hardest of the heart-hard; the cruel torture reserved for the cruellest themselves; the gloomy flame of living pyres.