Ancient and Present State of the City of Oxford

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J. and F. Rivington, in St. Paul's Church-Yard; and sold, 1773 - Oxford (England) - 408 pages
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Page 311 - What barbarous invader sack'd the land ? But when he hears no Goth, no Turk, did bring This desolation, but a Christian king ; When nothing but the name of zeal appears 'Twixt our best actions and the worst of theirs ; What does he think our sacrilege would spare, When such the...
Page 128 - The bells did not at all please the curious and critical hearer. However he plucked at them often with some of his fellow-colleagues for recreation sake. They were all afterwards re-cast, and the belfry wherein the ringers stood (which was a little below the arches of the tower, for while the five hanged the ringers stood on the ground) being built of bad timber, was plucked...
Page 311 - So far, to make us wifh for ignorance ? And rather in the dark to grope our way, Than led by a falfe guide to err by day ? Who fees thefe difmal heaps, but would demand, What barbarous invader fack'd the land ? But when he hears, no Goth, no Turk did bring This defolation, but a Chriftian king ; When nothing, but the name of zeal, appears 'Twixt our beft aftions and the worft of theirs, What does he think our facrilege wou'd fpare, When fuch th...
Page 220 - The perfect use of all her faculties at the age of 120 years, occasioned a great resort of company to her house. It was her custom to thread a very fine needle without the help of spectacles, and to present it to her guests, who, in return, gave her some small gratuity towards her support. In the latter end of her life she removed into St. Peter's-le-Bailey, and died by an accidental fall, which injured her back.
Page 287 - Caterpillar-hall, the name of the house higher up the hill, was no doubt a complimentary appellation, intimating to posterity that, on account of its better commons, it had drawn away a great number of students from its inferior society, or, in other words, that the caterpillar had eat up the cabbage.
Page 196 - East from of Eaton House, the splendid seat of the noble Earl. The house is about three miles South of this city, approached by a most romantic line of road skirting the mazy wanderings of the Dee — " the holy river'' as it was emphatically designated by our British ancestors.
Page 183 - Carfax (a) come, And patch us up a zealous lay, With an old ever and for aye, Or all and some. Or such a spirit lend me, As may an hymn down send me, To purge rny brain. Then Robin look behind thee, Lest Turk or Pope do find thee, And go to bed again.
Page 30 - ... of which office the name still continues, taskers or taxers, in the University of Cambridge, though its nature is now somewhat altered, and corresponds to our clerks of the market. In these hospitia did the students live, at first by the contribution of the nobility and great men in Church and State, and afterwards at their own expence, till the pious and munificent patrons of learning thought fit to settle for ever upon them certain and plentiful revenues, and to enlarge and beautify their habitations....
Page 196 - ... inches thick. The whole was covered with a mass of stones and rubbish, probably the remains of a building in which the altar was at one period deposited. The field is on all sides surrounded by abundant springs of fine water, and the "Fountains...
Page 111 - royland, we find confirmed to them not only fuch lands as had at any time been given to the monaftery by the kings of Mercia, but alfo all their pofleffions whatever, whether they were originally heftowed on them by Cbriftians or Jews.

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