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  • Has he been examined by any synod or council?
    Harriet Beecher Stowe  --  Uncle Tom’s Cabin
  • All you gods, In general synod, take away her power; Break all the spokes and fellies from her wheel, And bowl the round nave down the hill of heaven, As low as to the fiends!
    William Shakespeare  --  Hamlet, Prince of Denmark
  • But be all this as it may; let the unseen, ambiguous synod in the air, or the vindictive princes and potentates of fire, have to do or not with earthly Ahab, yet, in this present matter of his leg, he took plain practical procedures;—he called the carpenter.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • This synod was held at Notre-Dame, and assembled for the first time on the 15th of June, 1811, under the presidency of Cardinal Fesch.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables

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  • Finally, the deputies returned abashed to their constituents, pronouncing the matter too weighty to be handled, except by a council of the churches, if, indeed, it might not require a general synod.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Minister’s Black Veil
  • Thus Rosalind of many parts By heavenly synod was devis’d, Of many faces, eyes, and hearts, To have the touches dearest priz’d.
    William Shakespeare  --  As You Like It
  • This detection gave many of our party disgust, who accordingly abandoned his cause, and occasion’d our more speedy discomfiture in the synod.
    Benjamin Franklin  --  The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin
  • Gods and goddesses, All the whole synod of them!
    William Shakespeare  --  Antony and Cleopatra
  • For, since the mortal and intestine jars ’Twixt thy seditious countrymen and us, It hath in solemn synods been decreed, Both by the Syracusians and ourselves, To admit no traffic to our adverse towns; Nay, more, If any born at Ephesus be seen At any Syracusian marts and fairs;— Again, if any Syracusian born Come to the bay of Ephesus, he dies, His goods confiscate to the Duke’s dispose; Unless a thousand marks be levied, To quit the penalty and to ransom him.
    William Shakespeare  --  The Comedy of Errors
  • Then came the prayer just received from the Synod—a prayer for the deliverance of Russia from hostile invasion.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace

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  • The days seem over when Synods confined themselves to religion, and one of the clergymen made a speech about the matter.
    Alan Paton  --  Cry, the Beloved Country
  • His Diocesan Synod and Visitations were the mainsprings of the world to the one; Cambridge to the other.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Tess of the d’Urbervilles
  • No, from the Synod.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  Anna Karenina
  • No, Fathers, one might be carried along with you to the Flagellants, I dare say …. at the first opportunity I shall write to the Synod, and I shall take my son, Alexey, home.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Brothers Karamazov
  • Of The Power Of Councells To Make The Scripture Law That which may seem to give the New Testament, in respect of those that have embraced Christian Doctrine, the force of Laws, in the times, and places of persecution, is the decrees they made amongst themselves in their Synods.
    Thomas Hobbes  --  Leviathan
  • The Synod’s sent something to be put into the Church service, a prayer of thanks or something.
    Boris Pasternak  --  Doctor Zhivago
  • But let us call to synod all the Blest, Through Heaven’s wide bounds: from them I will not hide My judgements; how with mankind I proceed, As how with peccant Angels late they saw, And in their state, though firm, stood more confirmed.
    John Milton  --  Paradise Lost
  • The arrest of the Pope took place, as every one knows, on the night of the 5th to the 6th of July, 1809; on this occasion, M. Myriel was summoned by Napoleon to the synod of the bishops of France and Italy convened at Paris.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • They prayed, as they always do, for peace from on high and for salvation, for the Holy Synod, and for the Tsar; they prayed, too, for the servants of God, Konstantin and Ekaterina, now plighting their troth.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  Anna Karenina
  • Those, however, of our congregation, who considered themselves as orthodox Presbyterians, disapprov’d his doctrine, and were join’d by most of the old clergy, who arraign’d him of heterodoxy before the synod, in order to have him silenc’d.
    Benjamin Franklin  --  The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin
  • When they prayed for the Imperial family and the Synod, she bowed very low and made the sign of the cross, saying to herself that even if she did not understand, still she could not doubt, and at any rate loved the governing Synod and prayed for it.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • The annual Synod of the Diocese of Johannesburg cannot be supposed to know too much about the mines.
    Alan Paton  --  Cry, the Beloved Country
  • When they prayed for the Imperial family and the Synod, she bowed very low and made the sign of the cross, saying to herself that even if she did not understand, still she could not doubt, and at any rate loved the governing Synod and prayed for it.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • Ill for thee, but in wished hour Of my revenge, first sought for, thou returnest From flight, seditious Angel! to receive Thy merited reward, the first assay Of this right hand provoked, since first that tongue, Inspired with contradiction, durst oppose A third part of the Gods, in synod met Their deities to assert; who, while they feel Vigour divine within them, can allow Omnipotence to none.
    John Milton  --  Paradise Lost
  • To the blanc moon Her office they prescribed; to the other five Their planetary motions, and aspects, In sextile, square, and trine, and opposite, Of noxious efficacy, and when to join In synod unbenign; and taught the fixed Their influence malignant when to shower, Which of them rising with the sun, or falling, Should prove tempestuous: To the winds they set Their corners, when with bluster to confound Sea, air, and shore; the thunder when to roll With terrour through the dark aereal…
    John Milton  --  Paradise Lost
  • The bold design Pleased highly those infernal States, and joy Sparkled in all their eyes: with full assent They vote: whereat his speech he thus renews:— "Well have ye judged, well ended long debate, Synod of Gods, and, like to what ye are, Great things resolved, which from the lowest deep Will once more lift us up, in spite of fate, Nearer our ancient seat—perhaps in view Of those bright confines, whence, with neighbouring arms, And opportune excursion, we may chance Re-enter Heaven;…
    John Milton  --  Paradise Lost
  • I shit on Canon Twenty-seven of the Synod of London.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  One Hundred Years of Solitude
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