The Curiosities of Heraldry

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J.R. Smith, 1845 - Heraldry - 319 pages
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Page 99 - Since once I sat upon a promontory, And heard a mermaid, on a dolphin's back, Uttering such dulcet and harmonious breath, That the rude sea grew civil at her song; And certain stars shot madly from their spheres, To hear the sea-maid's music.
Page 281 - As for nobility in particular persons; it is a reverend thing to see an ancient castle or building not in decay, or to see a fair timber-tree sound and perfect: how much more to behold an ancient noble family, which hath stood against the waves and weathers of time.
Page 9 - In 1609, six years after the accession of James VI. of Scotland to the throne of England as James I.
Page 210 - HAPPY the man, whose wish and care A few paternal acres bound, Content to breathe his native air, In his own ground. Whose herds with milk, whose fields with bread, Whose flocks supply him with attire ; Whose trees in summer yield him shade, In winter fire.
Page 200 - All this violent cry against the nobility I take to be a mere work of art. To be honoured and even privileged by the laws, opinions, and inveterate usages of our country, growing out of the prejudice of ages, has nothing to provoke horror and indignation in any man.
Page 211 - As for gentlemen, says Sir Thomas Smith (?'), they be made good cheap in this kingdom ; for whosoever studieth the laws of the realm, who studieth in the universities, who professeth the liberal sciences, and, (to be short,) who can live idly, and without manual labour, and will bear the port, charge, and countenance of a gentleman, he shall be called master, and shall be taken for a gentleman.
Page 293 - Boast not these titles of your ancestors, Brave youths, they're their possessions, none of yours : When your own virtues equall'd have their names, 'Twill be but fair to lean upon their fames ; For they are strong supporters : but, till then, The greatest are but growing gentlemen.
Page 176 - Alive and dead these walls he will defend : Great actions great examples must attend. The Candian siege his early valour knew, Where Turkish blood did his young hands imbrue. From thence returning with deserv'd applause, Against the Moors his well-flesh'd sword he draws ; The same the courage, and the same the cause.
Page 216 - The parlour was a large room, completely furnished in the same style. On a broad hearth, paved with brick, lay some of the choicest terriers, hounds, and spaniels. One or two of the great chairs had litters of cats in them, which were not to be disturbed. Of these, three or four always attended him at dinner ; and a little white wand lay by his trencher, to defend it if they were too troublesome. In the windows, which were very large, lay his arrows, crossbows, and other accoutrements. The corners...
Page 215 - ... worth when new five pounds. His house was perfectly of the old fashion, in the midst of a large park well stocked with deer...

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