Miscellanies Upon Various Subjects

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J. Russel Smith, 1857 - Superstition - 227 pages

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Page 149 - Hattock with my top,' and immediately they all saw the top lifted up from the ground, but could not see which way it was carried, by reason of a cloud of dust which was raised at the same time. They sought for the top all about the place where it was taken up, but in vain ; and it was found afterwards in the churchyard, on the other side of the church.
Page 87 - •'The Beautiful Lady Diana Rich, Daughter to the Earl of Holland, as she was walking in her Father's Garden at Kensington...
Page 70 - Her divining soul boded her some ill in his absence ; " and therefore desired him not to leave her. This made Mr. Donne lay aside all thoughts of the journey, and really to resolve against it. But Sir Robert became restless in his persuasions for it, and Mr.
Page 138 - it is a thing very common to nail horseshoes on the thresholds of doors, which is to hinder the power of witches that enter into the house. Most houses of the west end of London have the horseshoe on the threshold. It should be a horseshoe that one finds.
Page 79 - Anno 1670. Not far from Cirencester was an apparition. Being demanded whether a good spirit or a bad, returned no answer, but disappeared with a curious perfume, and most melodious twang.
Page 71 - Sure, sir, you have slept since I saw you ; and this is the result of some melancholy dream, which I desire you to forget, for you are now awake." To which Mr. Donne's reply was, " I cannot be surer that I now live than that I have not slept since I saw you ; and am as sure, that at her second appearing, she stopped, and looked me in the face, and vanished.
Page 71 - I cannot be surer that I now live than that I have not slept since I saw you, and am as sure that at her second appearing she stopped and looked me in the face, and vanished." Rest and sleep had not altered Mr. Donne's opinion the next day, for he then affirmed this vision with a more deliberate, and so confirmed a confidence, that he inclined Sir Robert to a faint belief that the vision was true. It is truly said that desire and doubt have no rest, and it proved so with Sir Robert, for he immediately...
Page 130 - This knot I knit. To know the thing I know not yet, That I may see The man that shall my husband be; How he goes, and what he wears, And what he does all days and years.
Page 70 - Mr. Donne to be his companion in that journey. And this desire was suddenly made known to his wife, who was then with child, and otherwise under so dangerous a habit of body, as to her health, that she professed an unwillingness to allow him any absence from her ; saying, Her divining soul boded her some ill in his absence ; .and therefore desired him not to leave her.
Page 91 - Sirrah ! will not you take time to translate that book which is sent unto you out of Germany ? I will shortly provide for you both place and time to do it ;' and then he vanished away out of my sight.

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