The worme of Lambton [ed. by sir C. Sharpe].

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F. Humble, 1830 - Folklore - 15 pages

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Page 13 - The frantic father cried ; And to the hilt his vengeful sword He plunged in Gelert's side. His suppliant looks, as prone he fell, No pity could impart ; But still his Gelert's dying yell Passed heavy o'er his heart.
Page 12 - But when he saw the armed Knight He gathered all his pride, And coil'd in many a radiant spire, Rode buoyant o'er the tide. When he darted at length his Dragon strength, An earthquake shook the rock ; And the fire flakes bright fell around the Knight, As unmov'd he met the shock. Tho...
Page 7 - ... combats, although the worm had been frequently cut asunder, yet the severed parts had immediately reunited, and the valiant assailant never escaped without the loss of life or limb,* so that, after many fruitless and fatal attempts to destroy the worm, it remained, at length, in tranquil possession of its favourite hill — all men fearing to encounter so deadly an enemy.
Page 8 - This answer fram'd incontinent : The dragon none to death might bring By any means they could invent ; His skin more hard than brass was found, That sword nor spear could pierce nor wound.
Page 3 - OF LAMBTON. THE young heir of Lambton led a dissolute and evil course of life, equally regardless of the obligations of his high estate, and the sacred duties of religion. According to his profane custom, he was fishing on a Sunday, and threw his line into the river to catch fish, at a time when all good men should have been engaged in the solemn observance of the day. After having toiled in vain for some time, he vented his disappointment at his ill success, in curses loud and deep...
Page 8 - ... the devastations of the worm. " He took no rest" until he crossed the river to examine the worm, as it lay " coiled" around the base of the hill ; and being a Knight* of tried valour and sound discretion, and hearing the fate of all those who had fallen in the deadly strife, he consulted a Sibylt on the best means to be pursued to slay the monster.
Page 6 - ... milk, and committing every species of injury on the cattle of the affrighted peasantry. The immediate neighbourhood was soon laid waste, and the worm, finding no further support on the north side of the river, crossed the stream towards Lambton Hall, where the old Lord was then living in grief and sorrow : the young heir of Lambton having repented him of his former sins, and " gone to the wars in a far distant land.
Page 13 - ... hoping that his vow might be accomplished, and the curse averted by destroying the next living thing he met, he blew another blast on his bugle. His favourite hound broke loose and bounded to receive his caresses, when the gallant knight, with grief and reluctance...
Page 11 - He took his stand on the rock in the middle of the river, and unsheathing his trusty sword, which had never failed him in time of need, he commended himself to the will of Providence. At the accustomed hour, the worm uncoiled its lengthened folds, and leaving the hill, took its usual course towards Lambton Hall, and approached the rock where it sometimes reposed. The Knight, nothing dismayed thereat, struck the monster on the head with all his
Page 6 - I've caught the Devil," and directed the enquirer to look into the well. The stranger saw the worm, and remarked that he had never seen

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