The ball; or, A glance at Almack's in 1829

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Colburn, 1829
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Page 140 - And Miriam, the prophetess, the sister of Aaron, took a timbrel in her hand ; and all the women went out after her with timbrels and with dances. And Miriam answered them, Sing ye to the Lord, for he hath triumphed gloriously : the horse and his rider hath he thrown into the sea.
Page 159 - Rich windows that exclude the light, And passages that lead to nothing. Full oft within the spacious walls, When he had fifty winters o'er him, My grave lord-keeper led the brawls ; The seal and maces danced before him. His bushy beard, and shoe-strings green, His high-crown'd hat, and satin doublet, Moved the stout heart of England's queen, Though Pope and Spaniard could not trouble it.
Page 70 - And since nothing appears to me to give children so much becoming confidence and behaviour, and so to raise them to the conversation of those above their age, as dancing, I think they should be taught to dance, as soon as they are capable of learning it.
Page 159 - In Britain's isle, no matter where, An ancient pile of building stands ; The Huntingdons and Hattons there Employed the power of fairy hands, To raise the ceiling's fretted height, Each pannel in achievements clothing, Rich windows that exclude the light, And passages that lead to nothing.
Page 177 - The vassals met upon the common green round the May-pole, where they elected a village lord, or king, as he was called, who chose his queen. He wore an oaken, and she a hawthorn wreath, and together they gave laws to the rustic sports during these sweet days of freedom. The Maypole, then, is the English Tree of Liberty ! Are there many yet standing ? THE VULTURE.
Page 134 - sport a toe," in the very earliest ages. Pindar calls Apollo " the dancer ;" Homer, in one of his hymns, tells us, that this deity capered to the music of his own harp ; and from Callimachus we learn, that the Nereides were proficients in this elegant accomplishment, at the early age of nine years.* For several centuries, it was confined to military movements, when a battle was a grand Ballet of Action, opposing armies became partners in the dance of death, and cut throats and capers with equal assiduity....
Page 160 - It was performed by several persons uniting hands in a circle, and giving each other continual shakes, the steps changing with the tune. It usually consisted of three pas and a pied-joint, to the time of four strokes of the bow; which being repeated was termed a double brawl. With this dance balls were usually opened.
Page 137 - Albigenses, that as many paces as a man makes in dancing, so many leaps he makes towards Hell. Even the amiable Cowper, the poet, suffered his fine mind to be so darkened by bigotry, as to believe that a great proportion of the ladies and gentlemen, whom he saw amusing themselves with dancing at Brighthelmstone, must necessarily be damned * ; and in a religious publication, now before me, I find it stated, that a sudden judgment overtook a person for indulging in this enormity : a large lump started...
Page 163 - The pavan, from pavo, a peacock," observes Sir J. Hawkins, " is a grave and majestic dance. The method of dancing it was anciently, by gentlemen dressed with a cap and sword, by those of the long robe in their gowns, by princes in their mantles, and by ladies in gowns, with long trains, the motion whereof in the dance resembled that of a peacock's tail.
Page 71 - I think it cannot be learned too early, after they are once of an age and strength capable of it. But you must be sure to have a good master that knows and can teach what is graceful and becoming and what gives a freedom and easiness to all the motions of the body.

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