Traditions, Legends, Superstitions, and Sketches of Devonshire: On the Borders of the Tamar and the Tavy, Illustrative of Its Manners, Customs, History, Antiquities, Scenery, and Natural History, in a Series of Letters to Robert Southey, Esq, Том 2

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J. Murray, 1838


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Страница 141 - Insuperable height of loftiest shade, — Cedar, and pine, and fir, and branching palm, — A sylvan scene; and, as the ranks< ascend 140 Shade above shade, a woody theatre Of stateliest view.
Страница 19 - Friendship is constant in all other things Save in the office and affairs of love : Therefore all hearts in love use their own tongues ; Let every eye negotiate for itself, And trust no agent ; for beauty is a witch, Against whose charms faith melteth into blood.
Страница 141 - So on he fares, and to the border comes Of Eden, where delicious Paradise, Now nearer, crowns with her enclosure green, As with a rural mound, the champaign head Of a steep wilderness, whose hairy sides With thicket overgrown, grotesque and wild, Access denied...
Страница 275 - Whose midnight revels by a forest side Or fountain some belated peasant sees, Or dreams he sees, while overhead the moon Sits arbitress, and nearer to the earth Wheels her pale course; they on their mirth and dance Intent, with jocund music charm his ear; At once with joy and fear his heart rebounds.
Страница 165 - ... and had hair that would part with a comb, — and tears of Rachels who wept for their children, and would not be comforted because they were not. Was there a tragedy, a mystery, in all Newport, whose secret closet had not been unlocked by Miss Prissy ? She thought not ; and you always wondered, with an uncertain curiosity, what those things might be over which she gravely shook her head, declaring, with such a look, "Oh, if you only could know...
Страница 285 - Valentine, men made presents to the women, as the women did to the men at other seasons. We have a vestige of this custom not altogether extinct ; for on St. Valentine's day a young woman sometimes thus addresses the first young man she meets : — " Good morrow, Valentine, I go to-day To wear for you what you must pay, A pair of gloves next Easter day.
Страница 139 - England where this taste for a garden with the peasantry is more universal than in the West. A Devonshire cottage, if not too modern, is the sweetest object that the poet, the artist, or the lover of the romantic could desire to see. The walls, generally of stone, are grey, and if not whitewashed (which they too often are), abound with lichen, stone-crop, or moss. Many of these dwellings are ancient, principally of the Tudor age, with the square-headed mullioned and labelled windows. The roof is...
Страница 276 - An old witch, in days of yore, lived in this neighbourhood; and whenever she wanted money, she would assume the shape of a hare, and would send out her grandson to tell a certain huntsman who lived hard by, that he had seen a hare sitting at such a particular spot, for which he always received the reward of sixpence. After this deception had many times been practised, the dogs turned out...
Страница 125 - Martyrology, in many churches, by ' a chayne'), and that a book of Register were also provided and kept in every Parish Church, wherein shall be written every wedding, christning, and burying within the same Parish for ever.
Страница 80 - ... twice told. I shall only therefore add that, looking to the east, the Guile Bridge and the distant heights of Dartmoor, intersected by some trees that grow at the foot of the hill beyond the bridge, close a scene of beauty seldom found so near a populous town in any part of England. As the walls I have mentioned formed the boundary of the Abbot's garden, and there was, and yet remains, a portal which stands near the Still-house, opening upon the Walk, I am disposed to think it might have been...