Percy Society Volume 5

Percy Society Volume 5

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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. 1841 edition. Excerpt: ... coxcombe) into anothers bed: all the ioye that these poore fooles feed vpon, is to sit singing lamentable ballades to some dolefull tunes: for tho they haue chang'de their olde liues, they cannot forget their young loues; they spend their time in making of myrtle garlands, and shed so much water out of their eyes, that it hath made a prettie little riuer, which lies so soaking continually at the roots of the willow trees, that halfe the leaues of them, are almost washt into a whitenes. There is another piece of ground, where' are incamped none but soldiers: and of those, not all sortes of soldiers neither, but onely such as haue died noblie in the warres: and yet of those, but a certain number too; that is to say, such that in execution were neuer bloudy: in their countries reuenge, seuere, but not cruell: such as held death in one hand, and mercy in the other: such as neuer rauisht maidens, neuer did abuse no widowes, neuer gloried in the massacre of babes: were neuer druncke of purpose before the battaile began, because they would spare none; nor after the battaile did neuer quarrell about pledging the health of his whoare. Of this garrison, there are but a few in pay, and therefore they liue without mutiny. Beyond all these places is there a groue, which stands by itselfe like an iland; for a streame (that makes musicke in the running) claspts it round about like a hoope girdle of christall: lawrells grew so thicke on all the bankes of it, that lightning itselfe, if it came thither, hath no power to pierce through them. It seems (without) a desolate and vnfrequented wood, '(_ for those within are retyrde into themselues) but from them came forth such harmonious sounds that birdes build nests onely in the trees there more

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  • Paperback | 92 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 5mm | 181g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236847180
  • 9781236847188