The Fairy Mythology, Volume 1

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W. H. Ainsworth, 1828 - Fairy tales
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Page 32 - I saw them under a green mantling vine, That crawls along the side of yon small hill, Plucking ripe clusters from the tender shoots ; Their port was more than human, as they stood : I took it for a faery vision Of some gay creatures of the element, That in the colours of the rainbow live, And play i
Page viii - 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 294 - ... one. And only think, dear John, that we can never marry, as there is no priest to join us. Do, then, plan some way for us to leave this place ; for I cannot tell you how I long to get once more to my father, and among right Christians.
Page 281 - It was not long before three of the underground-people came jumping up to where he was lying ; but they took no heed of him, and flung their brown caps up into the air, and caught them from one another. At length one snatched the cap out of the hand of another and flung it away. It flew direct, and fell upon John's head. The moment he felt it he caught hold of it, and, standing up, bid farewell to sleep.
Page 89 - He was an Elfin borne, of noble state And mickle worship in his native land; Well could he tourney, and in lists debate, And knighthood tooke of good Sir Huons hand, When with king Oberon he came to Faerie land.
Page 286 - John's bedroom was all covered with emeralds and other precious stones, and in the ceiling was a diamond as big as a nine-pin bowl, that gave light to the whole chamber. In this place they have neither sun, nor moon, nor stars to give them light ; neither do they use lamps or candles of any kind ; but they live in the midst of precious stones, and have the purest of gold and silver in abundance...
Page 90 - Whiles every sence the humour sweet embayd, And slombring soft my hart did steale away, Me seemed, by my side a royall Mayd Her daintie limbes full softly down did lay : So fayre a creature yet saw never sunny day.
Page 90 - And washed all her place with watry eyen. From that day forth I lov'd that face divyne ; From that day forth I cast in carefull mynd, To seek her out with labor and long tyne, And never vowd to rest till her I fynd ; Nyne monethes I seek in vain, yet ni'll that vow unbynd.
Page xi - I quite understand, my good friend," said I, " the contempt you bestow upon the nursery tales, with which the Hajee and I have been entertaining each other ; but, believe me, he who desires to be well acquainted with a people will not reject their popular stories or local superstitions.
Page 199 - Orm used to go a-hunting, and Aslog stayed at home in the cave, minded the fire, and prepared the necessary food. Frequently did she mount the points of the rocks, but her eyes wandered as far as they could reach only over glittering snow-fields. The spring now came on : the woods were green, the meadows put on their various colours, and Aslog could but rarely, and with circumspection, venture to leave the cave. One evening Orm came in with the intelligence that he had recognised her father's servants...

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