Haunted Houses: Tales of the Supernatural, with Some Account of Hereditary Curses and Family Legends

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Chapman & Hall, Limited, 1907 - Ghost stories - 283 pages



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Page 258 - O'er Roslin all that dreary night A wondrous blaze was seen to gleam ; 'Twas broader than the watch-fire's light, And redder than the bright moonbeam. It glared on Roslin's castled rock, It ruddied all the copse-wood glen ; 'Twas seen from Dryden's groves of oak, And seen from cavern'd Hawthornden.
Page 232 - Amidst the court a Gothic fountain play'd, Symmetrical, but deck'd with carvings quaint — Strange faces, like to men in masquerade, And here perhaps a monster, there a saint: The spring gush'd through grim mouths of granite made, And sparkled into basins, where it spent Its little torrent in a thousand bubbles, Like man's vain glory, and his vainer troubles.
Page 1 - O'er all there hung the shadow of a fear, A sense of mystery the spirit daunted, And said, as plain as whisper in the ear, The place is haunted.
Page 139 - Immediately all was silence, and there was no more knocking at all that night. I asked my sister Nancy (then fifteen years old), whether she was not afraid when my father used that adjuration. She answered she was sadly afraid it would speak when she put out the candle, but she was not at all afraid in the day-time, when it walked after her, only she thought when she was about her work, he might have done it for her and saved her the trouble.
Page 134 - He opened the door again twice or thrice, the knocking being twice or thrice repeated ; but, still seeing nothing, and being a little startled, they rose up and went to bed.
Page 136 - I am ashamed of you : these boys and girls frighten one another ; but you are a woman of sense, and should know better. Let me hear of it no more." At six in the evening he had family prayers as usual. When he began the prayer for the king, a knocking began all round the room ; and a thundering knock attended the amen.
Page 231 - A glorious remnant of the Gothic pile, (While yet the church was Rome's), stood half apart In a grand arch, which once screen'd many an aisle ; These last had disappear'd — a loss to art : The first yet frown'd superbly o'er the soil, And kindled feelings in the roughest heart, Which mourn'd the power of time's or tempest's march, In gazing on that venerable arch.
Page iii - I merely mean to say what Johnson said. That in the course of some six thousand years, All nations have believed that from the dead A visitant at intervals appears ; And what is strangest upon this strange head, Is, that whatever bar the reason rears 'Gainst such belief, there's something stronger still In its behalf, let those deny who will.
Page 135 - Molly, was waiting as usual between nine and ten, to take away my father's candle, when she heard one coming down the garret stairs, walking slowly by her, then going down the best stairs, then up the back stairs, and up the garret stairs. And at every step it seemed the house shook from top to bottom. Just then my father knocked. She went in, took his candle, and got to bed as fast as possible. In the morning she told this to my eldest sister, who told her, 'You know, I believe none of these things....
Page 138 - He then went close to the place, and said sternly, " Thou deaf and dumb devil, why dost thou fright these children, that cannot answer for themselves ? Come to me in my study, that am a man.

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