Early English prose romances: with bibliographical and historical introductions, Volume 1

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William John Thoms
Nattali and Bond, 1858 - English literature
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Page xi - Tis but an hour ago since it was nine, And after one hour more 'twill be eleven. And so from hour to hour we ripe and ripe, And then from hour to hour we rot and rot; And thereby hangs a tale.
Page 258 - Thro' bogs, thro' brakes ; Or else, unseene with them I go, All in the nicke To play some tricke And frolicke it, with ho, ho, ho ! Sometimes I meete them like a man ; Sometimes an ox, sometimes a hound ; And to a horse I turn me can ; To trip and trot about them round, But if to ride My backe they stride, More swift than wind away I go, Ore hedge and lands, Thro...
Page xii - A work of great interest might be compiled upon the origin of popular fiction, and the transmission of similar tales from age to age, and from country to country. The mythology of one period would then appear to pass into the romance of the next century, and that into the nursery tale of the subsequent ages.
Page 305 - Syntax's (Dr.) Three Tours: In Search of the Picturesque, in Search of Consolation, and in Search of a Wife. With the whole of ROWLANDSON'S droll page Illustrations in Colours and a Life of the Author by JC HOTTEN.
Page 209 - After halfe an houre had passed, the head did speake againe, two words, which were these, TIME WAS. Miles respected these words as little as he did the former, and would not wake them, but still scoffed at the brazen head, that it had learned no better words, and have such a tutor as his master: and in scorne of it sung this song: — TO THE TUNE OF
Page 210 - Time was when kings and beggers of one poor stuffe had being: Time was when office kept no knaves : that time it was worth seeing. Time was a bowle of water, did give the face reflection; Time was when women knew no paint, which now they call complexion. TIME WAS : I know that brazen-face, without your telling, I know Time was, and I know what things there was when Time was, and if you speake no wiser, no master shall be waked for mee.
Page 206 - ... all their labour should be lost : they being satisfied, licensed the spirit for to depart. Then went these two learned fryers home...
Page 206 - ... if they heard it not before it had done speaking all their labour should be lost ; they, being satisfied, licensed the spirit for to depart. " Then went these two learned...
Page 189 - THE FAMOUS HISTORIE OF FRYER BACON, containing the wonderfull things that he did in his life : also the manner of his death, with the lives and deaths of the two conjurers, Bungye and Vandermast.
Page 75 - ... into a further admiration : and demanding whose they were, answere was made in this sort : They be good-man Suttons of Salisbury, good sir...

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