Ballads of archery, sonnets, &c

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R.H. Evans, 1818
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Page 105 - The rites derived from ancient days, With thoughtless reverence we praise; The rites that taught us to combine The joys of music and of wine...
Page 42 - And cloath'd him from top to the toe In garments of green, most gay to be seen, And gave him a curious long bow.
Page 41 - And I will his godfather be ; Prepare then a feast, and none of the least, For we will be merry,
Page 137 - The king likewise observed the same prudent conduct which had been followed by these great commanders : He drew up his army on a narrow ground between two woods, which guarded each flank ; and he patiently expected in that posture the attack of the enemy.
Page 32 - As that word was spoke, Clorinda came by, The queen of the shepherds was she; And her gown was of velvet as green as the grass, And her buskin did reach to her knee. Her...
Page 105 - O'erfill the saturated soul, But ne'er the lute nor lyre applied To soothe despair or soften pride, Nor call'd them to the gloomy cells Where Madness raves and Vengeance swells, Where Hate sits musing to betray, And Murder meditates his prey. To dens of guilt and shades of care, Ye sons of melody, repair, Nor deign the festive hour to cloy With superfluity of joy!
Page 35 - Of bride-cake, and so came away. Now, out, alas ! I had forgotten to tell ye, That marry'd they were with a ring : And so will Nan Knight, or be buried a maiden, And now let us pray for the king ; That he may get children, and they may get more, To govern and do us some good : And then I'll make ballads in Robin Hood's bower, And sing 'em in merry Sherwood.
Page 38 - Well arm'd with a long bow you stand, To shoot at my breast, while I, I protest, Have nought but a staff in my hand. The name of a coward...
Page 33 - She chose out the fattest that was in the herd, And she shot him through side and side. By the faith of my body...
Page 42 - Which name shall be changed anon ; The words we'll transpose, so whereever he goes, His name shall be call'd Little John.

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