The Vale of Glamorgan: scenes and tales among the Welsh (Google eBook)

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Saunders and Otley, 1839 - Legends - 309 pages
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Page 290 - the upshot of all this is, that it is my judgement we must hold a riding upon Nest and Rissin, that these hectoring wenches may see what a pretty figure they cut, and learn what it is we think of them; and that all men may be put in mind to keep the reigns tight, and not part with the breeches, nor ever knock under to hen-pecking.
Page 258 - I heard the torrent below me, rolling along; and every now and then there would be the loud crash of a tree. After I had been there some time, two men, drenched and terrified, sought shelter in the same place. There was a terrible ghastliness in their looks. *'Tis a fearful storm !' said one of them. ( Oh !' said the other, 'what a look he had!
Page 290 - Here there was a loud huzza, and the Court broke up in a manner sufficiently uproarious. Some were even for carrying Gronow Punter on their shoulders through the village, for his exemplary conduct as judge. But the old man declined that honour; so they began to lay their heads together about arranging for the in"1 .jt day of their procession.
Page 292 - ... drum. After these were two standard-bearers; one with a petticoat at the top of a pole, and the other bearing a breeches in the same manner, only reversed, with the upside down. These...
Page 293 - The men everywhere received them with shouts and merriment, and sometimes even with bell - ringing ; but the women kept within doors, and only mocked at them through the windows. But when at length they returned to their own village, the women there had collected to scoff at them, and poured out a din of hoots and yells, that could not be drowned even by the Coolstrin band of kitchen-music, and the triumphant shouts of the riding, as it passed to the little tailor's cottage.
Page 258 - Oh !' said the second man again, ' what a look he had !' The first now drew up to me, and said, ' And didn't you see the Torrent-spectre, indeed, lolo ! Well, a man might hardly believe it: sure, I never thought to see it with my own eyes !' ' Oh !' said the second man again, 'what a look he had...
Page 293 - The standard-bearers now flouted the breeches and petticoat; the virago began to firk her cully; and all the train let loose their antic gestures and grimaces. In this manner they proceeded to take a large circuit through the vale, and excited no small commotion in the little villages. The men everywhere received them with shouts and merriment, and sometimes even with bell - ringing ; but the women kept within doors, and only mocked at them through the windows.
Page 260 - ... was sheltering there with me, raised his two hands and moved his lips ; but he failed to speak a word. And sure enough just then I should see the Goblin on the torrent, with his long hair standing on end with a mist that surrounded him all. He seemed to be laughing like a savage in sailing down with the stream, about half out of the water.
Page 292 - Next came a band of musicians, consisting of one who beat a frying-pan with a marrow-bone, another who playetl upon a gridiron, and others with poker, tongs, and shovel, and kettles beat upon with various instruments, so as to make up a chorus of kitchen-music, in addition to a fife and a drum.

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