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Page 297 - It would be needless to add that the largest and longest are best. Decayed labourers, women, and •children, make it their business to procure and prepare them. As soon as they are cut, they must be flung into water, and kept there, for otherwise they will dry .and shrink, and the peel will not run.
Page 297 - A pound of common grease may be procured for four pence ; and about six pounds of grease will dip a pound of rushes ; and one pound of rushes may be bought for one shilling : so that a pound of rushes, medicated and ready for use, will cost three shillings.
Page 298 - An experienced old housekeeper assures me that one pound and a half of rushes completely supplies his family the year round, since working people burn no candles in the long days, because they rise and go to bed by daylight.
Page 298 - Little farmers use rushes much in the short days both morning and evening, in the dairy and kitchen ; but the very poor, who are always the worst economists, and therefore must continue very poor, buy a halfpenny candle every evening, which in their blowing open rooms, does not burn much more than two hours. Thus they have only two hours' light for their money instead of eleven.
Page 190 - And over that an habergeon, For percing of his herte, And over that a fin hauberk, Was all y wrought of Jewes werk, Ful strong it was of plate, And over that his cote-armoure, As white as is the lily floure, In which he wold debate.
Page 214 - Wellen. diod. et ejusdem loci conventus uno ore et voce atque unanimi omnium concensu et assensu hoc scripto nostro sub sigillo nostro communi in domo nostra capitulari dato pro nobis et successoribus nostris omnibus et singulis imperpetuum profitemur testamur ac fideliter promittimus et spondemus nos dictos...
Page 297 - As soon as they are cut, they must be flung into water, and kept there, for otherwise they will dry and shrink, and the peel will not run. At first a person would find it no easy matter to divest a rush of its peel or rind, so as to leave one regular, narrow, even rib from top to bottom that may support the pith ; but this like other feats, soon becomes familiar even to children ; and we have seen an old woman, stone blind, performing this business with great despatch, and seldom failing to strip...
Page 237 - ... of the grandfather of Hengist and Horsa, as given by our oldest genealogists. 2. The same historical authorities all describe Vetta as the son of Victa ; and the person recorded on the Cat-stane is spoken of in the same distinctive terms —
Page 297 - When these junci are thus far prepared, they must lie out on the grass to be bleached, and take the dew for some nights, and afterwards be dried in the sun.