Sir Roger de Coverley. Reimpr. from the Spectator
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. 1883 edition. Excerpt: ... of at large. As I was walking with my Friend Sir ROGER by the side of one of his Woods, an old Woman applied herself to me for my Charity. Her Dress and Figure put me in mind of the following Description in Otway. In a close Lane as I pursued my Journey, I spy d a wrinkled Hag, -with Age grown double, Picking dry Sticks, and mumbling to herself. Her Eyes with scalding Rheum were galfd and red; Cold Palsy shook her Head; her Hands seeirid withered; And on her crooked Shoulders had she wrapp'd The tattered Remnants of an old striped Hanging, Which served to keep her Carcase from the Cold: So there was nothing of a Piece about her. Her lower Weeds were all o'er coarsely patch'd With different coloured Rags, black, red, white, yelloii', And seem'd to speak Variety of Wretchedness. AS I was musing on this Description, and comparing it with the Object before me, the Knight told me, that this very old Woman had the Reputation of a Witch all over the Country, that her Lips were observed to be always in Motion, and that there was not a Switch about her House which her Neighbours did not believe had carried her several hundreds of Miles. If she chanced to stumble, they always found Sticks or Straws that lay in the Figure of a Cross before her. If she made any Mistake at Church, and cryed Amen in a wrong Place, they never failed to conclude that she was saying her Prayers backwards. There was not a Maid in the Parish that would take a Pin of her, though she should offer a Bag of Money with it. She goes by the Name of Moll White, and has made the Country ring with several imaginary Exploits which are palmed upon her. If the Dairy-maid does not 'make her Butter come so soon as she should have it, Moll White is at the Bottom of the Churn. If a Horse...
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