Our Village: Sketches of Rural Character and Scenery, Volume 1

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Page 27 - And cuckoo-buds of yellow hue, Do paint the meadows with delight, The cuckoo then, on every tree, Mocks married men, for thus sings he, Cuckoo ; Cuckoo, cuckoo...
Page 415 - Or through our hamlets thou wilt bear The sightless Milton, with his hair Around his placid temples curled ; And Shakspeare at his side — a freight, If clay could think and mind were weight, For him who bore the world...
Page 51 - The common, overgrown with fern, and rough With prickly gorse, that, shapeless and deform'd, And dang'rous to the touch, has yet its bloom, And decks itself with ornaments of gold...
Page 355 - Wide was his parish, and houses fer asonder, But he ne left nought for no rain ne thonder, In sikenesse and in mischief to visite The ferrest in his parish, moche and lite, Upon his fete, and in his hand a staf. This noble ensample to his shepe he yaf, 498 That first he wrought, and afterward he taught.
Page 355 - But in his teching discrete and benigne. To drawen folk to heven, with fairenesse, By good ensample, was his besinesse...
Page 174 - But they were beaten sulky, and would not move — to my great disappointment; I wanted to prolong the pleasure of success. What a glorious sensation it is to be for five hours together winning — winning — winning! always feeling what a whistplayer feels when he takes up four honours, seven trumps ! Who would think that a little bit of leather, and two pieces of wood, had such a delightful and delighting power?
Page 30 - So many voluntaries, and so quick, That there was curiosity and cunning, Concord in discord, lines of differing method Meeting in one full centre of delight. The bird (ordain'd to be Music's first martyr) strove to imitate These several sounds : which when her warbling throat Fail'd in, for grief down dropt she on his lute And brake her heart.
Page 216 - O good old man ; how well in thee appears The constant service of the antique world, When service sweat for duty, not for meed...
Page 247 - Wondrous beautiful her face ; But so weak and small her wit That she to govern was unfit, And so Susanna took her place. But when Isabella came, Armed with a resistless flame And th...
Page 354 - A good man was ther of religioun, And was a povre PERSOUN of a toun ; But riche he was of holy thoght and werk. He was also a lerned man, a clerk, That Cristes gospel trewely wolde preche ; His parisshens devoutly wolde he teche.

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