Fairy Tales, Now First Collected: To which are Prefixed Two Dissertations 1. on Pygmies 2. on Fairies, Volumen 1

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Payne and Foss, 1831 - 207 páginas
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Página 14 - in one night, ere glimps of morn, His shadowy flail hath thresh'd the corn, That ten day-labourers could not end, Then lies him down, the lubbar fend; And stretch'd out all the chimney's length, Basks at the fire his hairy strength ; And crop-full out of dores he flings, Ere the first cock his matin rings*,
Página 22 - midwife, and she comes In shape no bigger than an agate-stone On the fore-finger of an alderman, Drawn with a team of little atomies Athwart mens noses as they lie asleep : Her waggon-spokes made of long spinners legs; The cover, of the wings of grasshoppers; The traces, of the smallest
Página 1 - Fairy Elves Whose midnight revel, by a forest side, Or fountain, some belated peasant sees, Or dreams he sees; while over-head the moon Sits arbitress, and nearer to the earth Wheels her pale course; they, on their mirth and dance Intent, with jocund music charm his ear: At once with joy and fear his heart rebounds. MILTON.
Página 30 - love have oft made sport; And, like a forester, the groves may tread. Even till the eastern gate, all fiery-red, Opening on Neptune with fair blessed beams, Turns into yellow gold his salt-green streams." Compare, likewise, what Robin himself says on this subject in the old song of his exploits.
Página 22 - noses as they lie asleep : Her waggon-spokes made of long spinners legs; The cover, of the wings of grasshoppers; The traces, of the smallest spiders web ; The collars, of the moonshines wat'ry beams: Her whip, of crickets bone; the lash, of
Página 23 - That plats the manes of horses in the night; And bakes the elf-locks in foul sluttish hairs, Which, once untangled, much misfortune bodes *." Ben Jonson, in his " Entertainment of the queen and prince at Althrope," in 1603, describes to come
Página 186 - By the triple Hecates team, From the presence of the sun, Following darkness like a dream, Now are frolick ; not a mouse Shall disturb this hallow'd house : I am sent, with broom, before, To sweep the dust behind the door*.
Página 197 - At morning and at evening both You merry were and glad, So little care of sleep and sloth, These pretty ladies had. When Tom came home from labour, Or Ciss to milking rose, Then merrily went their labour, And nimbly went their toes. Witness those rings and roundelays Of theirs, which yet remain ; Were footed in queen
Página 31 - This amiable quality is, likewise, thus beautifully alluded to by the same poet: " By FAIRY HANDS their knell is rung, By FORMS UNSEEN their dirge is sung.
Página 39 - bowl, In very likeness of a roasted crab; And, when she drinks, against her lips I bob, And on her wither'd dewlap pour the ale. The wisest aunt, telling the saddest tale, Sometime for three-foot stool mistaketh me, Then slip I from her bum, down topples she, And ' rails or' cries *, and falls into a cough, And then the whole quire hold their hips and

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