William Harrison Ainsworth and His Friends, Volume 2

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John Lane, 1911 - Novelists, English - 890 pages
 

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Page 124 - Astounding News by Express, via Norfolk ! The Atlantic crossed in Three Days ! ! Signal Triumph of Mr. Monck Mason's Flying Machine ! ! ! " Arrival at Sullivan's Island, near Charleston, S, C., of Mr. Mason, Mr. Robert Holland, Mr. Henson, Mr. Harrison Ainsworth, and four others, in the Steering Balloon,
Page 213 - You shall swear by custom of confession, That you ne.er made nuptial transgression ; Nor since you were married man and wife, By household brawls or contentious strife, Or otherwise at bed or at board, Offended each other in deed or in word ; Or since the parish clerk said Amen...
Page 213 - A whole gammon of bacon you shall receive, And bear it hence with love and good leave ; For this is our custom at Dunmow well known, Though the pleasure be ours, the bacon's your own.
Page 33 - In that mansion used to be Free-hearted Hospitality ; His great fires up the chimney roared ; The stranger feasted at his board ; But, like the skeleton at the feast, That warning timepiece never ceased, " Forever — never ! Never — forever!
Page 333 - I've been wand'ring away — To see thus around me my youth's early friends, As smiling and kind as in that happy day ? Though haply o'er some of your brows, as o'er mine, The snow-fall of time may be stealing — what then ? Like Alps in the sunset, thus lighted by wine, We'll wear the gay tinge of youth's roses again.
Page 204 - Robert Fitzwalter, who lived long beloved by King Henry, the son of King John (as also of all the realm), betook himself in his latter days to prayer and deeds of charity, and great and bountiful alms to the poor, kept great hospitality, and re-edified the decayed Priory of Dunmow, which Juga, a most devout and religious woman, had builded; in which Priory arose a custom...
Page 38 - I am at this moment deaf in the ears, hoarse in the throat, red in the nose, green in the gills, damp in the eyes, twitchy in the joints, and fractious in the temper...
Page 206 - — Many a couple since the Pestilence Have plighted them together; The fruit that they bring forth Is foul words, In jealousy without happiness, And quarrelling in bed; They have no children but strife, And slapping between them : And though they go to Dunmow (Unless the devil help!) To follow after the Flitch, They never obtain it; And unless they both are perjured, They lose the Bacon.
Page 149 - Before the mansion lay a lucid lake, Broad as transparent, deep, and freshly fed By a river, which its softened way did take In currents through the calmer water spread Around; the wild-fowl nestled in the brake And sedges, brooding in their liquid bed; The woods sloped downwards to its brink, and stood With their green faces fixed upon the flood.
Page 117 - There's one thing I regret very much too, and must be told to you now in making a clean breast of it — • is a certain paragraph in the next Punch, relating to a certain advertisement about contributors, 'not only of talent but of rank...

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