The Parochial History of Cornwall: Founded on the Manuscript Histories of Mr. Hals and Mr. Tonkin; with Additions and Various Appendices, Volume 1

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J. B. Nichols and son, 1838 - Cornwall



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Page 71 - A little lowly hermitage it was, Down in a dale, hard by a forest's side, Far from resort of people, that did pass In travel to and fro : a little wide There was...
Page 363 - TIME rolls his ceaseless course. The race of yore Who danced our infancy upon their knee, And told our marvelling boyhood legends store, Of their strange ventures happ'd by land or sea, How are they blotted from the things that be ! How few, all weak and withered of their force, Wait, on the verge of dark eternity, Like stranded wrecks, the tide returning hoarse, To sweep them from our sight! Time rolls his ceaseless course.
Page 291 - The same stands in a dark cavern of the sea-cliff rocks, beneath full sea-mark on spring tides, from the top of which cavern falls down or distils continually drops of water from the white, blue, red, and green veins of those rocks. And accordingly, in the place where those drops of water fall, it swells to a lump of considerable bigness, and there petrifies to the hardness of ice, glass, or freestone, of the several colours aforesaid, according to the nature of those veins in the rock from whence...
Page 143 - Trove, on the top of a hill, is still extant the downfalls of a castle or treble intrenchment called , in the midst of which is a hole leading to a vault under ground. How far it extends no man now living can tell, by reason of the damps or thick vapours that are in it ; for as soon as you go an arrow flight in it or less, your candles will go out, or extinguish of themselves, for want of air.
Page 139 - This church was founded and endowed by King Athelstan, about the year 930, after such time as he had conquered the Scilly Islands, as also the county of Devon ; and made Cornwall tributary to his sceptre. To which church he gave lands and tithes of a considerable value for ever, himself becoming the first patron thereof, as his successors the Kings of England have been ever since : for which reason it is still called the royal rectory, or regal rectory, and the royal or regal peculiar.
Page 192 - Druids, and whose business it was to celebrate the praises of their heroes, in songs composed and sung to their harps ; 3rd. Eubates ; who applied themselves chiefly to the study of Philosophy, and the contemplation of the wonderful works of Nature. There were Women as well as Men Druids ; for it was a female Druid who foretold to Dioclesian, when a private soldier, that he would be Emperor of Rome. They taught physics...
Page 17 - I compose myself to tranquillity ; endeavour to abstract my thoughts from hopes and cares which, though reason knows them to be vain, still try to keep their old possession of the heart ; expect with serene humility that hour which nature cannot long delay; and hope to possess, in a better state, that happiness which here I could not find, and that virtue which here I have not attained.
Page 119 - God-ol-gan signifies a place that was altogether God's downs. As for the modern name Good-ol-phin, God-ol-fyn, it, in like manner as the former, admits of no other etymology or construction than that it was a place that was altogether a wood, fountain, well, or spring of water, or altogether God's fountain or spring of water.
Page 50 - This parish has long been celebrated for its stream works, which are diluvial beds containing tin ore. They are generally found in deep valleys where rivulets flow, which are used in separating the tin ore, by its inferior specific gravity, from common stones or pebbles ; hence the name of "stream works.
Page 233 - As for his lodging, he will bring it with him ; and for his meat and drink, he may have such as you give of your alms. And if he can so order himself by his labour within your house in your business, whereby he may deserve his meat and drink ; so may you order him as ye see convenient to his deserts, so that he pass not the precinct of your monastery. And thus fare you heartily well : From my place, &c.

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