The history and antiquities of Eyam; with a minute account of the great plague, which desolated that village in the year 1666

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Bell and Daldy, 1859 - Eyam (England) - 187 pages
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Page 141 - FEAR no more the heat o' the sun Nor the furious winter's rages ; Thou thy worldly task hast done, Home art gone, and ta'en thy wages : Golden lads and girls all must, As chimney-sweepers, come to dust. Fear no more the frown o...
Page 81 - This is the saddest news that ever my pen could write. The destroying Angel having taken up his quarters within my habitation, my dearest wife is gone to her eternal rest, and is invested with a crown of righteousness, having made a happy end. Indeed, had she loved herself as well as me, she had fled from the pit of destruction with the sweet babes, and might have prolonged her days ; but she was resolved to die a martyr to my interest. My drooping spirits are much refreshed with her joys, which...
Page 83 - The reverend champion stood. At his control, Despair and anguish fled the struggling soul ; Comfort came down the trembling wretch to raise, And his last faltering accents whispered praise.
Page 82 - I am not desirous that they should be great, but good ; and my next request is, that they may be brought up in the fear and admonition of the Lord. " Sir, I thank God I am contented to shake hands with all the world ; and have many comfortable assurances that God will accept me on account of his Son.
Page 89 - I have seen the walls of Balclutha, but they were desolate. The fire had resounded in the halls : and the voice of the people is heard no more. The stream of Clutha was removed from its place by the fall of the walls. The thistle shook, there, its lonely head : the moss whistled to the wind.
Page 83 - Or why so long (in life if long can be) Lent Heaven a parent to the poor and me ? What makes all physical or moral ill?
Page 78 - This brings you the doleful news of your dear mother's death — the greatest loss which ever yet befell you ! I am not only deprived of a kind and loving consort, but you also are bereaved of the most indulgent mother that ever dear children had. We must comfort ourselves in God with this consideration, that the loss is only ours, and that what is our sorrow is her gain. The consideration of her joys, which I do assure myself are unutterable, should refresh our drooping spirits.
Page 43 - ... the more to be regretted, that in this extraordinary period, which, owing to the low condition of science, was very deficient in accurate observers, so little, that can be depended on respecting those uncommon occurrences in the air, should have been recorded. Yet, German accounts say expressly that a thick, stinking mist advanced from the East and spread itself over Italy ; and there could be no deception in so palpable a phenomenon.
Page 82 - Lady Sunderland and her relations. Dear Sir, let your dying chaplain recommend this truth to you and your family, that no happiness or solid comfort can be found in this vale of tears like living a pious life ; and pray ever remember this rule, never do anything upon which you dare not first ask the blessing of God.
Page 82 - Sir, I have made bold in my will with your name as executor, and I hope you will not take it ill. I have joined two others with you, who will take from you the trouble. Your favourable aspect will, I know, be a great comfort to my distressed orphans. I am not desirous that they should be great, but good ; and my next request is that they be brought up in the fear and admonition of the Lord.

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