Forty Years in a Moorland Parish: Reminiscences and Researches in Danby in Cleveland

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Macmillan and Company, 1891 - Cleveland (England : District) - 471 pages
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Page 244 - Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, When ye be come into the land which I give unto you, and shall reap the harvest thereof, then ye shall bring a sheaf of the firstfruits of your harvest unto the priest...
Page 207 - is to start for a favor given by a bride, to be run for by the youth of the neighbourhood, who wait at the church-door until the marriage ceremony be over, and from thence run to the bride's door. The prize, a ribbon, which is worn for the day in the hat of the winner.
Page 111 - The following was communicated to the editor of the present work by a Yorkshire gentleman, in the year 1819 : " Impostors who feed and live on the superstitions of the lower orders are still to be found in Yorkshire. These are called ' Wise Men,' and are believed to possess the most extraordinary power in remedying all diseases incidental to the brute creation, as well as the human race, to discover lost or stolen property, and to foretell future events. One of these wretches was a few years ago...
Page 455 - THEOLOGICAL and SCIENTIFIC CATALOGUES. HOLIDAYS ON HIGH LANDS ; or, Rambles and Incidents in search of Alpine Plants. Second Edition, revised and enlarged. Globe 8vo.
Page 236 - And we earnestly forbid every heathenism ; heathenism is, that men worship idols, that is, that they worship heathen gods, and the sun or the moon, fire or rivers, water-wells or stones, or forest trees of any kind ; or love witchcraft, or promote ' morth'work in any wise ; or by ' blot,' or by ' fyrht ; or perform anything pertaining to such illusions.
Page 99 - ... class: The author had spent an hour with a certain farmer in his wheat field. At the end of that time the farmer remarked that he had been growing wheat all his life, or at least for more than 50 years, and yet in that one hour, with a trained observer, he had been led to see things which he not only had never seen before, but of the very existence of which he had never dreamed. He further admitted that because he had not known what was going on in his own fields he had been losing money during...
Page 217 - ... characters could not rest in their graves. They had to wander about the scenes of their crimes or the places where their unhallowed carcases were deposited, unless they were prevented, and as they wanted the semblance, the simulacrum, the shadow substance of their bodies, for that purpose, the body was made secure by pinning it to the bottom of the grave by aid of the driven stake. And there were other means adopted with the same end in view. The head was severed from the body and laid between...
Page 217 - There is no doubt that the self-murderer, or the doer of some atrocious deed of violence, murder, or lust, was buried by some lonely roadside, in a road-crossing, or by the wild woodside, and that the oak, or oftener, thorn stake was driven through his breast; but not because of any intended scorn, or horror, or abhorrence.
Page 111 - ... property ; others for him to cure themselves or their cattle of some indescribable complaint. Another class visited him to know their future fortunes; and some to get him to save them from being balloted into the militia; all of which he professed himself able to accomplish. All the diseases which he was sought to remedy he invariably imputed to witchcraft, and although he gave drugs which have been known to do good, yet he always enjoined some incantation to be observed, without which he declared...
Page 112 - The charges of this man were always extravagant ; and such was the confidence in his skill and knowledge, that he had only to name any person as a witch, and the public indignation was sure to be directed against the poor unoffending creature for the remainder of her life. An instance of the fatal consequences of this superstition occurred within my knowledge, about the year 1800.

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