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  • Colenso was the object of acrimonious debate wherever the clergy gathered, and Stanley once made a ringing Convocation speech in his defense, asking that body was it aware that Colenso was the only colonial bishop who had bothered to translate the Bible into Zulu, which was rather more than the rest had done.
    Harper Lee  --  Go Set a Watchman
  • He did not need to tell the Convocation he had failed.
    Neil Gaiman  --  The Graveyard Book
  • Overnight, the satyrs and nymphs disappeared into the woods for a convocation of the Cloven Elders.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Blood of Olympus
  • I had no idea what they might spring on my mother and me once they had us in the office; the very word "conference" suggested a convocation of authorities, accusations and face-downs, a possible expulsion.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch

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  • Not where he eats, but where he is eaten: a certain convocation of politic worms are e’en at him.
    William Shakespeare  --  Hamlet, Prince of Denmark
  • It is a formal convocation of Fremen leaders to witness a combat that determines tribal leadership.
    Frank Herbert  --  Dune
  • The convocation speaker is Elie Wiesel, the 1986 Nobel Peace Prize winner, Holocaust survivor, scholar, poet, philosopher, and all-around conscience for hire.
    Ron Suskind  --  A Hope in the Unseen
  • I think we should convoke a military tribunal right now and pass sentence.
    Pat Frank  --  Alas, Babylon
  • But it is only the language of economic class they are speaking, in one of its allowable outward forms, like the convocation of station wagons at the start of the year.
    Don DeLillo  --  White Noise
  • I would mingle with the festival the rural divinities, I would convoke the Dryads and the Nereids.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables

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  • Holy Saint Bernard, in the rule of our knightly and religious profession, hath said, in the fifty-ninth capital, [53] that he would not that brethren be called together in council, save at the will and command of the Master; leaving it free to us, as to those more worthy fathers who have preceded us in this our office, to judge, as well of the occasion as of the time and place in which a chapter of the whole Order, or of any part thereof, may be convoked.
    Sir Walter Scott  --  Ivanhoe
  • On mornings when Carlos was to butcher he’d come up the walkway through a great convocation of cats all sitting about on the tiles under the ramada each in its ordered place and he’d pick one up and stroke it standing there at the patio gate through which he’d once seen her gathering limes and he’d stand for a while holding the cat and then let it slip to the tiles again whereupon it would return at once to the spot from which it had been taken and he would enter the kitchen and take…
    Cormac McCarthy  --  All the Pretty Horses
  • I cannot be part of this gaudy convocation of princesses and fairies, jesters and imps, specters and illusions.
    Libba Bray  --  Sweet Far Thing
  • For the cries of pain and the hymns and protests of oppressed people have summoned into convocation all the majesty of this great government—the government of the greatest nation on earth.
    Lyndon B. Johnson  --  We Shall Overcome
  • There was to be a convocation of Barnacles on the occasion, in order that that very high and very large family might shed as much lustre on the marriage as so dim an event was capable of receiving.
    Charles Dickens  --  Little Dorrit
  • You have your murder of ravens, your convocation of eagles, your gaggle of geese, your raft of ducks, your band of jays, your parliament of owls, and so on, but what about dragons? A hunger of dragons?
    Christopher Paolini  --  Inheritance
  • Sixth: Under the Charter of the United Nations, we are asking tonight that an emergency meeting of the Security Council be convoked without delay to take action against this latest Soviet threat to world peace.
    John F. Kennedy  --  Cuban Missle Crisis Speech
  • 12:16 And in the first day there shall be an holy convocation, and in the seventh day there shall be an holy convocation to you; no manner of work shall be done in them, save that which every man must eat, that only may be done of you.
    The Bible  --  Exodus
  • From the time when powerful ministers made it a political principle to prevent the convocation of a national assembly, one consequence has succeeded another, until the deliberations of the inhabitants of a village are declared null when they have not been authorized by the Intendant.
    Alexis de Toqueville  --  Democracy In America, Volume 2
  • If, for instance, a school is to be established, the selectmen convoke the whole body of the electors on a certain day at an appointed place; they explain the urgency of the case; they give their opinion on the means of satisfying it, on the probable expense, and the site which seems to be most favorable.
    Alexis de Toqueville  --  Democracy In America, Volume 1
  • I propose that we retire to a discreet distance from this impregnable position, and there hold a convocation, or council, to deliberate on what manner we may sit down regularly before the place; or, perhaps, by postponing the siege to another season, gain the aid of auxiliaries from the inhabited countries, and thus secure the dignity of the laws from any danger of a repulse.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Prairie
  • Such terms as /vicar/, /canon/, /verger/, /prebendary/, /primate/, /curate/, /non-conformist/, /dissenter/, /convocation/, /minster/, /chapter/, /crypt/, /living/, /presentation/, /glebe/, /benefice/, /locum tenens/, /suffragan/, /almoner/, /dean/ and /pluralist/ are to be met with in the English newspapers constantly, but on this side of the water they are seldom encountered.
    Henry L. Mencken  --  The American Language
  • The English Translation before mentioned, following that of Geneva, has, "a Kingdome of Priests;" which is either meant of the succession of one High Priest after another, or else it accordeth not with St. Peter, nor with the exercise of the High Priesthood; For there was never any but the High Priest onely, that was to informe the People of Gods Will; nor any Convocation of Priests ever allowed to enter into the Sanctum Sanctorum.
    Thomas Hobbes  --  Leviathan
  • If the bishops in Convocation submitted this morning, I’ll take it off …. It’s no degradation.
    Robert Bolt  --  A Man for All Seasons
  • Convocation
    Erik Larson  --  The Devil in the White City
  • If the General Medical Council, the Royal College of Physicians, the Royal Academy of Arts, the Incorporated Law Society, and Convocation were abolished, and their functions handed over to the Mr Redford, the Concert of Europe would presumably declare England mad, and treat her accordingly.
    George Bernard Shaw  --  Mrs. Warren’s Profession
  • We shall not recount the different devices of the architects on the occasion; nor would it be decorous so to do, seeing that there was a convocation of the society of the ancient and honorable fraternity " of the Free and Accepted Masons,’ at the head of whom was Richard, in the capacity of master, doubtless to approve or reject such of the plans as, in their wisdom, they deemed to he for the best.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Pioneers
  • 12:16 And in the first day there shall be an holy convocation, and in the seventh day there shall be an holy convocation to you; no manner of work shall be done in them, save that which every man must eat, that only may be done of you.
    The Bible  --  Exodus
  • INTERLUDE — The Convocation
    Neil Gaiman  --  The Graveyard Book
  • ROPER (Recommences pacing) I don’t see what difference Convocation can make.
    Robert Bolt  --  A Man for All Seasons
  • CHAPUYS Rumor has it that if the Church in Convocation has submitted to the King, you will resign.
    Robert Bolt  --  A Man for All Seasons
  • Convocation’s knuckled under, Thomas.
    Robert Bolt  --  A Man for All Seasons
  • …that the assemblies to which the choice of a chief magistrate had been entrusted in elective countries inevitably became the centres of passion and of cabal; that they sometimes usurped an authority which did not belong to them; and that their proceedings, or the uncertainty which resulted from them, were sometimes prolonged so much as to endanger the welfare of the State, it was determined that the electors should all vote upon the same day, without being convoked to the same place.
    Alexis de Toqueville  --  Democracy In America, Volume 1
  • Then his wife busies herself, grows passionately fond of handling coin, gets her fingers covered with verdigris in the process, undertakes the education of half-share tenants and the training of farmers, convokes lawyers, presides over notaries, harangues scriveners, visits limbs of the law, follows lawsuits, draws up leases, dictates contracts, feels herself the sovereign, sells, buys, regulates, promises and compromises, binds fast and annuls, yields, concedes and retrocedes,…
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • "Didn’t you read about those fancy professors asking those questions in that—that Convocation?
    Harper Lee  --  Go Set a Watchman
  • ] The selectmen have alone the right of calling a town-meeting, but they may be requested to do so: if ten citizens are desirous of submitting a new project to the assent of the township, they may demand a general convocation of the inhabitants; the selectmen are obliged to comply, but they have only the right of presiding at the meeting.
    Alexis de Toqueville  --  Democracy In America, Volume 1
  • The man Jack said, "So the Brotherhood is over and the Convocation is at an end.
    Neil Gaiman  --  The Graveyard Book
  • I convoked a meeting and intro-duced DeSheim to the Negro company, telling them that he was a man who knew the theater, who would lead them toward serious dramatics.
    Richard Wright  --  Black Boy
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