Festivals, Games & Amusements, Ancient & Modern (Google eBook)

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Harper, 1831 - Amusements - 355 pages
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Page 314 - Lo, the poor Indian! whose untutored mind Sees God in clouds, or hears him in the wind: His soul, proud science never taught to stray Far as the solar walk or Milky Way...
Page 125 - And, as a vapour or a drop of rain, Once lost can ne'er be found again, So when or you or I are made A fable, song, or fleeting shade, All love, all liking, all delight, Lies drowned with us in endless night. Then, while time serves, and we are but decaying, Come, my Corinna, come, let's go a-Maying.
Page 330 - The laws of husking every wight can tell— And sure no laws he ever keeps so well: For each red ear a general kiss he gains, With each smut ear...
Page 127 - In the month of May, namely, on May-day in the morning, every man, except impediment, would walk into the sweet meadows and green woods, there to rejoice their spirits with the beauty and savour of sweet flowers, and with the harmony of birds, praising God in their kind...
Page 172 - Caesar must bleed for it. And, gentle friends, Let's kill him boldly, but not wrathfully; Let's carve him as a dish fit for the gods, Not hew him as a carcass fit for hounds...
Page 255 - Th' expressive emblem of their softer power ; Four knaves in garbs succinct, a trusty band ; Caps on their heads, and halberts in their hand ; And party-coloured troops, a shining train, Drawn forth to combat on the velvet plain.
Page 117 - it is a ceremony never omitted among the vulgar, to draw lots, which they term Valentines, on the eve before Valentine's day. The names of a select number of one sex, are, by an equal number of the other, put into some vessel ; and after that every one draws a name, which, for the present, is called their Valentine, and is looked upon as a good omen of their being man and wife afterwards.
Page 276 - Ah ! let not Censure term our fate our choice, The stage but echoes back the public voice ; The drama's laws, the drama's patrons give, For we that live to please, must please to live.
Page 123 - Day is the first Sunday after the full moon which happens upon, or next after, the 21st day of March; and if the full moon happens upon a Sunday. Easter-Day is the Sunday after.
Page 105 - Henry VIII., •" it is enough for the sons of the nobility to wind their horn and carry their hawk fair, and leave study and learning to the children of meaner people.

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