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By one account the very word Roman was a term of abuse in Europe and Geoffrey of Malaterra, the biographer of Robert Guiscard, was not unusual in his scathing view of the Romans.
Your laws are wicked, full of falsehoods.
In you all depraved things flourish: lust, avarice,
T he lack of fidelity, the absence of order, the disease of simony,
All these weigh upon your territory and everything is for sale.
Formerly the sacred order – like water pouring forth – RUSHED THROUGH YOU.
Now one pope is not enough; you enjoy having two of such distinction.
Your fidelity is purchased with sumptuous displays.
When this one GIVES TO you, you strike the other,
When this one stops giving to you, you invite the other one back.
You threaten this one with that one, and thus you f ill your purse.

Geoffrey is criticizing the grasping roman popes in the above passage.
I have a few questions:

Formerly the sacred order – like water pouring forth – rushed through you.
What does 'rushed through you' mean here?

When this one gives to you, you strike the other,
What does 'gives to you' mean here?

Any comments would be much appreciated.

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