The Horse in History

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Methuen, 1908 - Horses - 304 pages
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Page 184 - Our bruised arms hung up for monuments; Our stern alarums changed to merry meetings, Our dreadful marches to delightful measures. Grim-visaged war hath smooth'd his wrinkled front; And now, instead of mounting barbed steeds To fright the souls of fearful adversaries, He capers nimbly in a lady's chamber To the lascivious pleasing of a lute...
Page 181 - d, short-jointed, fetlocks shag and long, Broad breast, full eye, small head, and nostril wide, High crest, short ears, straight legs and passing strong, Thin mane, thick tail, broad buttock, tender hide: Look what a horse should have he did not lack, Save a proud rider on so proud a back.
Page 6 - And a chariot came up and went out of Egypt for six hundred shekels of silver, and an horse for an hundred and fifty. And so for all the kings of the Hittites, and for the kings of Syria, did they bring them out by their means.
Page 122 - And this is done on the injunction of the Idolaters and Idol-priests, who say that it is an excellent thing to sprinkle that milk on the ground every 28th of August, so that the Earth and the Air and the False Gods shall have their share of it, and the Spirits likewise that inhabit the Air and the Earth. And thus those beings will protect and bless the Kaan and his children and his wives and his folk and his gear, and his cattle and his horses, his corn and all that is his.
Page 68 - First leads the way, the threatening torrent braves, And dares the unknown arch that spans the waves. Light on his airy crest his slender head, His belly short, his loins luxuriant spread : Muscle on muscle knots his brawny breast, No fear alarms him, nor vain shouts molest.
Page 96 - Then the horses run at one another, and bit each other long, so that there was no need for any one to touch them, and that was the greatest sport. Then Thorgeir and Kol made up their minds that they would push their horse forward just as the horses rushed together, and see if Gunnar would fall before him. Now the horses ran at one another again, and both Thorgeir and Kol ran alongside their horse's flank.
Page 52 - There's my young hopeful too, he sleeps it through, Snug under five fat blankets at the least. Would I could sleep so sound! but my poor eyes Have no sleep in them; what with debts and duns And stable-keepers' bills, which this fine spark Heaps on my back, I lie awake the whilst And what cares he but to coil up his locks, Ride, drive his horses, dream of them all night, Whilst I, poor devil, may go hang — for now The moon in her last quarter wanes apace, And my usurious creditors are gaping.
Page 63 - And countenance sublime and insolent, Sought onely slaughter and avengement; But the brave Prince for honour and for right, Gainst tortious...
Page 41 - To sum up all in a few words, whatever horse has good feet, is mildtempered, sufficiently swift, is willing and able to endure fatigue, and is in the highest degree obedient will probably give least trouble to his rider, and contribute most to his safety in military occupations. But horses that from sluggishness require a great deal of driving or, from excess of mettle, much coaxing and care, afford plenty of employment to the rider, as well as much apprehension in time of danger...
Page 13 - And the car is plaited tight with gold and silver thongs, and two rails run round about it. And the silver pole stood out therefrom; upon the end bound she the fair golden yoke, and set thereon the fair breaststraps of gold, and Hera led beneath the yoke the horses fleet of foot, and hungered for strife and the battle-cry.

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