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Page 110 - ... convenient time, without impediment or neglect of divine service; and that women shall have leave to carry rushes to the church for the decorating of it, according to their old custom.
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. The skilful nymph reviews her force with care : Let spades be trumps ! she said, and trumps they were.
Page 105 - In those days it was thought sufficient for noblemen's sons to wind the horn, and to carry their hawk fair, and leave study and learning to the children of meaner people.
Page 123 - ASTER-DAY, on which the rest depend, is always the first Sunday after the Full Moon, which happens upon or next after the Twenty-first day of March; and if the Full Moon happen upon a Sunday, Easter-day is the Sunday after.
Page 110 - Whereas we did justly, in our progress through Lancashire, rebuke some Puritans and precise people, and took order, that the like unlawful carriage should not be used by any of them hereafter, in the prohibiting and unlawful punishing of our good people, for using their lawful recreations and honest exercises, upon Sundays and other holidays, after the afternoon sermon or service...
Page 103 - ... the exercises that I would have you to use, although but moderately, not making a craft of them, are running, leaping, wrestling, fencing, dancing, and playing at the caitch or tennise, archerie, palle-malle, and such like other fair and pleasant field games.
Page 147 - Her majesty," says a courtier, writing to Sir Robert Sidney, " is well and excellently disposed to hunting, for every second day she is on horseback and continues the sport long.
Page 330 - Alternate ranged, extend in circling rows, Assume their seats, the solid mass attack; The dry husks rustle, and the corn-cobs crack; The song, the laugh, alternate notes resound, And the sweet cider trips in silence round.
Page 268 - ... Whether any kind of gaming has even thus much to say for itself, I shall not determine ; but I think it is very wonderful to see persons of the best sense passing away a dozen ! hours together in shuffling and dividing a pack of cards with no other conversation but what is made up of a few game phrases, and no other ideas but those of black or red spots ranged together in different figures. Would not a man laugh to hear any one of this species complaining that life is short...