Cambrian Superstitions, Comprising Ghosts, Omens, Witchcraft, Traditions, &c: To which are Added a Concise View of the Manners and Customs of the Principality, and Some Fugitive Pieces

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T. Danks, 1831 - Folklore - 194 pages
 

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Page 141 - Ye elves of hills, brooks, standing lakes and groves, And ye that on the sands with printless foot Do chase the ebbing Neptune and do fly him When he comes back ; you demi-puppets that By moonshine do the green sour ringlets make, Whereof the ewe not bites...
Page 163 - Within its own creation, or in thine, Maternal Nature ! for who teems like thee, Thus on the banks of thy majestic Rhine? There Harold gazes on a work divine, A blending of all beauties; streams and dells, Fruit, foliage, crag, wood, cornfield, mountain, vine, And chiefless castles breathing stern farewells From gray but leafy walls, where Ruin greenly dwells.
Page 144 - DUKE'S PALACE. [Enter DUKE, CURIO, LORDS; MUSICIANS attending.] DUKE. If music be the food of love, play on, Give me excess of it; that, surfeiting, The appetite may sicken and so die.— That strain again;— it had a dying fall; O, it came o'er my ear like the sweet south, That breathes upon a bank of violets, Stealing and giving odour.— Enough; no more; 'Tis not so sweet now as it was before.
Page 49 - This opinion, which perhaps prevails as far as human nature is diffused, could become universal only by its truth: those that never heard of one another would not have agreed in a tale which nothing but experience can make credible. That it is doubted by single cavillers, can very little weaken the general evidence; and some who deny it with their tongues confess it by their fears.
Page 35 - She then opened two •other doors of the same room, and upon seeing no person, she returned to the fireplace. After a few moments, she heard the same voice still calling: " , come to me! come! come away!
Page 50 - I look for Ghosts; but none will force Their way to me: — 'tis falsely said That there was ever intercourse Between the living and the dead; For, surely, then I should have sight Of Him I wait for day and night, With love and longings infinite.
Page 76 - I. c. 12. that all persons invoking any evil spirit, or consulting, covenanting with, entertaining, employing, feeding, or rewarding any evil spirit; or taking up dead bodies from their graves to be used in any witchcraft, sorcery, charm, or inchantment ; or killing or otherwise hurting any person by such infernal arts, should be guilty of felony without benefit of clergy, and suffer death.
Page 114 - Gamboll'd on heaths, and danced on every green ; And where the jolly troop had led the round, The grass unbidden rose, and mark'd the ground : Nor darkling did they dance, the silver light Of Phoebe served to guide their steps aright, And with their tripping pleased, prolong the night.
Page 46 - People may Burlesque these Things, but when Hundreds of the most sober People in a Country, where they have as much Mother-Wit certainly as the rest of Mankind, know them to be True, nothing but the absurd and froward Spirit of Sadducism can Question them.
Page 143 - ... his pocket ; but the theft boded him no good. As soon as he had touched unhallowed ground the flower vanished and he lost his senses. Of this injury the Fair Family took no notice at the time. They dismissed their guests with their accustomed courtesy, and the door was closed as usual. But their resentment ran high.

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