Lays and Legends of Cheshire, with Other Poems and Ballads

Lays and Legends of Cheshire, with Other Poems and Ballads

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1880 edition. Excerpt: ... They heaped a mound upon his corse--A mound whereon the fir trees grow; And many a wail is heard at night Coming from the good Knight's Low. She rambled all the night forlorn, She rambled forth all drearilie, Till on the river's brink one morn Was found the corse of Agnes Legh. They buried her where she was found--They buried her near the river's wave; And ever since the land around Is known but as the Lady's Grave. I THE RED RIDER. 'T'HE battering rain in torrents fell, And the casements rattled loud, And the fierce wind drove in a rushing mass The dark storm-riven cloud, And the lightning gleamed with a lurid light, And the olden timbers shook, And the storm-fiend flapped his ebon wing, And the bellowing thunder woke, And quickly followed the hissing hail, And a wild commotion made; And many a tree that had towered in pride On the earth was prostrate laid. And in ghastly fear the inmates pale Were clustered in the hall, When a crashing roar made the old house rock The timbers of fair Bramhall. And loudly the bell in the ears of all, The bell of the portal gate, Kept clanging on with a dismal sound, That never would rest or abate. "What ho! within there!" rose on the night, And was heard through the raging storm; And the startled menials crossed themselves, And prayed God's help from harm. And the wind shrieked louder around the house, And a second crash there came, And the thunder blared and the lightning flared Till the old house seemed aflame. "What ho! within there, ye craven crew! Can ye not open the gate? On a night like this, with the fiend let loose, Must a traveller longer wait?" The massive gate on its hinges swung, And with eyes that fiercely glowed, A horseman, draped in a crimson suit, Into the courtyard...show more

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  • Paperback | 24 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 1mm | 64g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236917189
  • 9781236917188