A History of Grantchester in the County of Cambridge (Google eBook)

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by the author, 1875 - Grantchester (England) - 160 pages
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Page 111 - Near yonder copse, where once the garden smiled, And still where many a garden flower grows wild ; There, where a few torn shrubs the place disclose, The village preacher's modest mansion rose.
Page 39 - when any one is dying, bells must be tolled, that the people may put up their prayers ; twice for a woman and thrice for a man ; if for a clergyman, as many times as he had orders; and at the conclusion a peal on all the bells, to distinguish the quality of the person for whom the people are to put up their prayers. A bell, too, must be rung while the corpse is conducted to church, and during the bringing it out of the church to the grave.
Page 134 - I hope all things may prosper, That ever he takes in hand; For we are all his servants, And all at his command. Drink, boys, drink, and see you do not spill, For if you do, you must drink two, — it is your master's will. Now our harvest is ended, And supper is past ; Here's our mistress' good health, In a full flowing glass!
Page 53 - VIII, therefore, no line of life bore so inviting an aspect to ambitious and covetous natures as the priesthood. Then came a violent revolution. The abolition of the monasteries deprived the church at once of the greater part of her wealth, and of her predominance in the upper house of parliament. There was no longer an abbot of Glastonbury...
Page 108 - ... have been of a more important and permanent character, as chimneys are provided for them in the walls; but these wooden structures have almost entirely disappeared. Before describing the general arrangement of the interior of the house, it should be observed that it was very common in the fifteenth century, as well as in earlier periods, to raise the whole of the habitable portion of the house upon a VAULTED SUBSTRUCTURE, divided into a series of cellars or store-rooms, very substantially built,...
Page 39 - The fourme of the Trinity was founden in Manne, that was Adam ovtr furcfadir, of earth oon personne; and Eve, of Adam, the secunde persone; and of them both was the third persone. At the deth of a manne three Bellis shulde be ronge, as his knyll, in worscheppe of the Trinetee ; and for a womanne, who was the secunde persone of the Trinetee, two Bellis should be rungen.
Page 126 - -We poor farmers, who hire land in the parish of Grantchester, and fields of Coton, having some of our corn still standing, and some lying on the ground, do most humbly beg the favour of the Cambridge gunners, coursers, and poachers, (whether gentlemen, barbers, or gyps of Colleges,) to let us get home our crops, even after the 1st of September, without riding or hunting their dogs over our property, that we may be able to pay the great expence of harvest, and servants...
Page 134 - Here's a health unto our Master, The founder of the feast; And we pray to God in heaven, His soul may be at rest ; That everything may prosper, Whatever he takes in hand, For we are all his servants, And all at his command. So drink, boys, drink, and see that you do not spill ; For if you do, you shall drink two, For it is our Master's will.
Page 143 - CHAMBERS'S Book of Days (October 17) : At the Fair of St Audry, at Ely, in former times, toys of all sorts were sold, and a description of cheap necklaces, which under the denomination of tawdry laces, long enjoyed great celebrity. — SKEAT : We are quite sure that Tawdry is a corruption of St. Audry...
Page 132 - So the people will have no need to change their places of concourse, and where of old they were wont to sacrifice cattle to demons, thither let them continue to resort on the day of the saint to whom the church is dedicated, and slay their beasts no longer as a sacrifice, but for a social meal in honour of Him whom they now worship.

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