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' pools and ponds I whirry, laughing, ho, ho, ho!
Page 205 - Magician, (but not to bee compared to Fryer Bacon) these two with great study and paines so framed a head of Brasse, that in the inward parts thereof there was all things like as in a naturall mans head...
Page 209 - 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.
Page 206 - ... day he knew not. Also he told them that if they heard it not before it had done speaking, all their labour should be lost.
Page 186 - Now letting slip this critical opportunity, he missed the intended treasure, which had he obtained, he might have made out the tradition of making a brazen wall about England : that is, the most powerful defence, and strongest fortification which gold could have effected.
Page 245 - How two young Gentlemen that came to Fryer Bacon, to know how their fathers did, killed one another ; and how Fryer Bacon for griefe, did breake his rare Glasse, wherein he could see any thing that was done within fifty miles about him. IT is spoken of before now, that Fryer Bacon had a glasse, which...
Page 231 - With that Miles pulled forth a booke out of his bosome, and began his coniuration in this fashion : From the fearefull lake below, From whence spirits come and goe ; Straightway come one and attend . Fryer Bacons man, and friend. Comes there none yet, quoth Miles ? then I must use , some other charme. Now the owle is flowne abroad, For I heare the croaking toade, And the bat that shuns the day. Through the darke doth make her way. Now the ghosts of men doe rise, And with fearful hideous cryes, Seeke...
Page 197 - Miles) never could indure to fast as other religious persons did, for alwayes hee had in one corner, or another, flesh which hee would eate when his maister eat bread only, or else did fast and abstaine from all things. Fryer Bacon seeing this, thought at one time or other to be even with him, which he did one Fryday in this manner, Miles on the Thursday...
Page 206 - ... speaking, all their labour should be lost: they being satisfied, licensed the spirit for to depart. Then went these two learned fryers home...

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