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Page 91 - London, to thee I do present the merry month of May ; Let each true subject be content to hear me what I say: For from the top of conduit-head, as plainly may appear, I will both tell my name to you, and wherefore I came here. My name is Ralph, by due descent though not ignoble I Yet far inferior to the stock of gracious grocery ; And by the common counsel of my fellows in the Strand, With gilded staff and crossed scarf, the May-lord here I stand.
Page 45 - They are no more. Car. Where is your conquest then ? Why are your altars crown'd with wreaths of flowers, The beasts with gilt horns waiting for the fire ? The holy Druides composing songs Of everlasting life to Victory ? Why are these triumphs, lady ? for a may-game ? For hunting a poor herd of wretched Romans ? Is it no more ? Shut up your temples, Britons, And let the husbandman redeem his heifers ; Put out our holy fires ; no timbrel ring ; Let's home and sleep ; for such great overthrows A candle...
Page 46 - Ten struck battles I suck'd these honour'd scars from, and all Roman; Ten years of bitter nights and heavy marches, (When many a frozen storm sung through my cuirass, And made it doubtful whether that or I Were the more stubborn metal) have I wrought through, And all to try these Romans.
Page 46 - Charging my batter'd sides with troops of agues ; And still to try these Romans, whom I found (And, if I lie, my wounds be henceforth backward, And be you witness, gods, and all my dangers) As ready, and as full of that I brought, (Which was not fear, nor flight) as valiant, As vigilant, as wise, to do and suffer, Ever...
Page 76 - I found excellent meat and drink o' the table ; my clothes were never worn out, but next morning a tailor brought me a new suit : and without question it will be so ever ; use makes perfectness. If all should fail, it is but a little straining myself extraordinary, and laugh myself to death. [ Wife. It's a foolish old man this ; is not he, George ? Cit. Yes, cony. Wife. Give me a penny i' the purse while I live, George.
Page 77 - Farewell, good wife; I expect it not: all I have to do in this world, is to be merry; which I shall, if the ground be not taken from me ; and if it be, [Sings. When earth and seas from me are reft, The skies aloft for me are left.
Page 467 - I see there's no man but may make his paradise ; And it is nothing but his love, and dotage Upon the world's foul joys, that keeps him out on't : For he that lives retired in mind and spirit, Is still in paradise, and has his innocence Partly allow'd for his companion too, As much as stands with justice.
Page 81 - When it was grown to dark midnight. And all were fast asleep, In came Margaret's grimly ghost, And stood at William's feet.
Page 474 - Long. Counsel's the office of a servant, when The master falls upon a danger, as Defence is : Never threaten with your eyes ! They are no cockatrices. Do you hear ? Talk with the girdler, or the milliner ; He can inform you of a kind of men That first undid the profit of those trades By bringing up the form of carrying Their morglays in their hands ; with some of those A man may make himself a privilege To ask a question at the prison-gates, Without your good permission.