The forest of Dartmoor and its borders, an historical sketch

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J. R. Smith, 1856 - History - 138 pages

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Page 23 - A daily labouring man by the work of his hand and sweat of his brow having gotten a little money, was desirous to have a place to rest himself in old age, and therefore bestowed it on some acres of waste land, and began to build a house thereon near, or not far from, one of these...
Page 24 - ... heard, or seemed to hear, the noise of the treading or trampling of horses, coming, as he thought, towards him ; which caused him to forbear and arise from the place, fearing the comers would take his purchase from him (for he assured himself it was treasure) ; but looking about every way to see what company this was. he saw neither horse nor man in view. To the pot again he goes, and had the like success a second time ; and yet, looking all about, could ken nothing. At the third time he brings...
Page 45 - Twilight, sovereign of one peaceful hour ! Not dull art Thou as undiscerning Night ; But studious only to remove from sight Day's mutable distinctions. — Ancient Power ! Thus did the waters gleam, the mountains lower, To the rude Briton, when, in wolf-skin vest Here roving wild, he laid him down to rest On the bare rock, or through a leafy bower Looked ere his eyes were closed.
Page 13 - He said, there was a wild beast in it, a sea-horse, which came and devoured a man's daughter; upon which the man lighted a great fire, and had a sow roasted at it, the smell of \vhich attracted the monster.
Page 81 - ... still increasing, that they could not see each other, when there presently came such an extraordinary flame of lightning, as filled the church with fire, smoak, and a loathsome smell, like brimstone ; a ball of fire came in likewise at the window, and passed through the church, which so affrighted the congregation, that most of them fell down in their seats ; some upon their knees, others on their faces, and some one upon another, crying out of burning and scalding, and all giving themselves...
Page 10 - ... top, having a vent in it, the fire being always in the centre of the floor ; the stones are long and thin, which supplies the defect of wood. The body of this house contains not above nine persons sitting: There are three beds or low vaults that go off the...
Page 84 - ... the place and the occasion. But wouldst thou know the beauty of holiness ? — go alone on some week-day, borrowing the keys of good Master Sexton, traverse the cool aisles of some country church : think of the piety that has kneeled then.
Page 3 - ... are in winter covered with a white cap, but in summer the bordering neighbours bring herds of cattle and flocks of sheep to pasture there. From these hills, or rather mountains, the mother of many rivers, the land declineth either way ; witness their divers courses, some of which disburden themselves in the British Ocean, and others, by long wandering, seek the Severn Sea.
Page 71 - Cornish sound, at least, of his name ; dorať being Cornish for a sheep, or perhaps a shepherd. This mark, however, conveyed to the minds of persons in Catholic countries some idea of consecration, and procured a preference for the Lamb tin, although it never claimed to have the slightest superiority ; and finally, all the other houses have taken the same or similar marks.
Page 23 - Burrow, whence he fetched stones and earth to further his work ; and having pierced into the bowels of the hillock he found therein a little place, as it had been a large oven, fairly, strongly, and closely walled up ; which comforted him much, hoping that some great good would befall him, and that there might be some treasure there hidden to maintain him more liberally and with less labour in his old years : wherewith encouraged he plies his work earnestly until he had broken a hole through this...

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