The Songs and Ballads of Cumberland and the Lake Country; With Biographical Sketches, Notes, and Glossary, First-[Third] Series Volume 3

The Songs and Ballads of Cumberland and the Lake Country; With Biographical Sketches, Notes, and Glossary, First-[Third] Series Volume 3

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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. 1874 edition. Excerpt: ... another fling anent their professions, and Bigg finally winds up by quizzing him with one or two home thrusts after the following fashion: --" Heaven mend your grammar, dominie! for it is indeed sadly out at elbows." In order to give the reader a specimen of how the tilting was conducted on Bigg's side, the following paragraph is quoted from an article headed, "A pair of Nutcrackers for John-the-Wild, Philomath, &c." Solomon was generally reported to be the wisest mortal that ever lived; but, lo! a wiser than Solomon is here. "The Solomon of the Advertiser lies prostrate at my feet," exclaims the puissant Philomath, "and now for other game." Accordingly, stealing a stray feather here and there from certain long-forgotten and seedy criticlings and newspaper humourists belonging to the "dark ages," whose wit consisted in making divers complimentary allusions to old women and tea-cups, John comes forth with a swagger, full-plumed for the contest. Flushed with fancied victory, and crowing over an imaginary Solomon, he cocks his eye upon--the Editor, you will say--no, upon--his shirt collar!! Laugh as you will, it is nevertheless a fact... And now take a peep at the strange animal if you' please. Saw you ever such a comical phiz--such a weasoned specimen of the human face divine? Not exactly sicklied o'er by the pale hue of thought, but yellow with suppressed spleen, and with a hundred jutting and irascible angles threatening the unwary; eyes looking a thousand daggers in as many different directions, and features all crumpled and gone astray; whose chief proturberance reminds us forcibly of the source of the Duddon. At this early period Stanyan Bigg's personal appearance was somewhat...show more

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  • Paperback | 44 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 95g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236753011
  • 9781236753014