A picture of life, essays. To which is added, a short account of the superstitious observances formerly prevalent among the ignorant class of society. By the town clerk of Gossiphall

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Страница 131 - Imagination fondly stoops to trace The parlour splendours of that festive place; The white-wash'd wall, the nicely sanded floor, The varnish'd clock that click'd behind the door; The chest contrived a double debt to pay, A bed by night, a chest of drawers by day; The pictures placed for ornament and use, The twelve good rules, the royal game of goose...
Страница 208 - do not abuse your benefactor, whilst you are eating his bread. Consider whose air you breathe, whose presence you are in, and who it is that gave you the power of that very speech which you make use of to his dishonour!
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Страница 212 - An exceedingly proud clergyman, riding over a common, saw a shepherd tending his flock, and wearing a new coat. The parson asked in a haughty tone who gave him that coat. 'The same people (said the shepherd) that clothe you — the parish.
Страница 209 - Upon this he drew his sword, and cried out with a loud voice, " The sword of the Lord and of Gideon !" which so terrified his antagonist, that he was immediately disarmed, and thrown upon his knees. In this posture he begged his life ; but the Major refused to grant it, before he had asked pardon for his offence in a short extemporary prayer, which the old gentleman dictated to him upon the spot, and which his proselyte repeated after him in the presence of the whole ordinary, that were now gathered...
Страница 213 - ... ladder slipping, he fell down, and hurt his side against the end of it. The boy had the precaution to go up into the village to the barber, and get blooded: on his return, he was asked where he had been, and what was the matter with his arm ? He told his father that he had got bled—" Bled ! Bled !" said the old gentleman, " but what did you give ?' —
Страница 212 - The man went to the shepherd accordingly, and delivered his master's messaire, concluding that his master really wanted a fool. Are you going away then ? said the shepherd. No, answered the other. Then you may tell your master, replied the shepherd, that his living won't maintain THREE of us.
Страница 209 - In short, the quarrel ran so high, that the Major was desired to walk out. Upon their coming into the garden, the old fellow advised his antagonist to consider the place into which one pass might drive him; but finding him grow upon him to a degree of scurrility, as believing the advice proceeded from fear; Sirrah...
Страница 206 - He drew it out, turned pale, and, looking at the king, burst into tears, without being able to speak a word. " What is the matter ? " said the king ; " what ails you ? " " Ah ! sire," said the young man, throwing himself at his feet, " somebody has wished to ruin me. I know not how I came by this money in my pocket.
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