The history and antiquities of North Allerton

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If you're from or around Northallerton, North Yorkshire, England; and you like a bit of local history this is definitely a good read
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Page 341 - By the struggling moonbeam's misty light, And the lantern dimly burning. No useless coffin enclosed his breast, Not in sheet nor in shroud we wound him ; But he lay like a warrior taking his rest With his martial cloak around him.
Page 109 - DAY set on Norham's castled steep, And Tweed's fair river, broad and deep, And Cheviot's mountains lone : The battled towers, the donjon keep, The loophole grates, where captives weep, The flanking walls that round it sweep, In yellow lustre shone.
Page 116 - The Bishop of Durham readily answered, ' God forbid, Sir, but you should. You are the breath of our nostrils.' Whereupon the King turned and said to the Bishop of Winchester, 'Well, my lord, what say you ? ' ' Sir/ replied the Bishop, ' I have no skill to judge of Parliamentary cases." The King answered, ' No put-offs, my lord ; answer me presently.
Page 322 - The mountebank now treads the stage, and sells His pills, his balsams, and his ague-spells ; Now o'er and o'er the nimble tumbler springs, And on the rope the venturous maiden swings ; Jack Pudding, in his party-colour'd jacket, Tosses the glove, and jokes at every packet.
Page 117 - Or the unseen Genius of the wood. But let my due feet never fail To walk the studious cloister's pale, And love the high embowed roof, With antique pillars massy proof, And storied windows, richly dight, Casting a dim religious light.
Page 334 - See them puff off the froth, and gulp amain. While with dry tongue I lick my lips in vain. While thus he fervent...
Page 244 - I know a merchant man, which shall at this time be nameless, that bought the contents of two noble libraries for forty shillings price, a shame it is to be spoken.
Page 41 - ... to swing itself from one beam in the roof to another, for the purpose of fixing the line on which it meant to stretch its web.
Page 336 - The first of April, some do say, Is set apart for All Fools' Day; But why the people call it so, Nor I, nor they themselves, do know. But on this day are people sent On purpose for pure merriment ; And though the day is known before, Yet frequently -there is great store...
Page 244 - A great number of them which purchased those superstitious mansions, reserved of those library books, some to serve their jakes, some to scour their candlesticks, and some to rub their boots. Some they sold to the grocers and soap sellers, and some they sent over sea to the bookbinders, not in small number, but at times whole ships full, to the wondering of the foreign nations.

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