The Lay of Havelok the Dane: Composed in the Reign of Edward 1, about A.D. 1280, Part 1280

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Walter William Skeat
Early English Text Society, 1868 - 159 pages
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Page 93 - England, and especially in Lancashire, is a coarse reedy shrub — like ours perhaps — of some importance formerly, if not now, on the sandy blowing lands of those counties. Its fibrous roots give some cohesion to the siliceous soil. By the 15 and 16 G. II. c. 33, "plucking up and carrying away starr or bent, or having it in possession, within five miles of the sand hills, was punishable by fine, imprisonment, and whipping,
Page xxxiii - Edwin extended, that, as is still proverbially said, a woman with her new-born babe might walk throughout the island, from sea to sea, without receiving any harm. That king took such care for the good of his nation, that in several places where he had seen clear springs near the highways, he caused stakes to be fixed, with brass dishes hang-ing- at them, for the...
Page 97 - who first gave gift in land," is similar to that of Winton, who narrates the splendid subsidy of 40,000 moutons, sent from France to Scotland in 1353, and adds, — " Qwha gyvis swilk gyftyis he is wyse.
Page xxi - Briggowgate, -which retainea ye name of lTauelock's-Stone to this day. Agayne ye great priuiledges & immunityes, that this Towne hath in Denmarke aboue any other in England (as freedome from Toll, & ye rest) may fairely induce a Beleife, that some preceding favour, or good turne called on this remuneration. But lastly (which proofe I take to be instar omnium) the Common Seale of ye Towne, & that a most auncient one,
Page xx - Riuer for fish in his little boate vpon Humber) espyed not far from him another little boate, empty (as he might conceaue) which by y e fauour of y e wynde & tyde still approached nearer & nearer vnto him. He betakes him to his Oares, & meetes itt, wherein he founde onely a Childe wrapt in Swathing Clothes, purposely exposed (as it should seeme) to y e pittylesse [rage] of y e wilde & Wide Ocean. He, moued with pitty, takes itt home, & like a good foster-father carefully nourisht itt, & endeauoured...
Page liii - A poet's business is, in fact, to take care that the syllables which are to be rapidly pronounced are such as easily can be so ; and that the syllables which are to be heavily accented are naturally those that ought to be.
Page 161 - Desconus. Aunturs of Arther. Avowyng of King Arther. Sir Perceval of Gallas. Sir Isumbras. Partonope of Blois, Univ. Coll. Oxf. 188, Sic.
Page xxii - The ancient Town Seal of Great Grimsby is engraven on a circular piece of brass not very thick ; and on the back, which is rather arched, is a small projecting piece of brass, placed as a substitute for a handle, in order when taking an impression the more easily to detach the matrix from the Wax. This seal is in an excellent state of preservation...
Page 104 - Q'a sa niece fut donee, Dont il 1'out desheritee ; Et, si rendre n'el voleit, Mande qu'il le purchaceroit. Av roi uindrent li messager — The remainder of the French poem altogether differs in its detail from the English. 2927. Hire that was ful swete in bedde.^ Among Kelly's Scotch Proverbs, p. 290, we find : " Sweet in the bed, and sweir up in the morning, was never a good housewife...
Page i - The Ancient English Romance of Havelok the Dane ; accompanied by the French Text: with an Introduction, Notes, and a Glossary.

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