Stories from History, by E. Taylor and Other Authors

Stories from History, by E. Taylor and Other Authors

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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. 1876 edition. Excerpt: ...that may be done within the space your eye can overlook. Boy. Well, you're a grand old fellow; pray who was the poet you are talking off? Oak. I did not know at the time, but I heard afterwards lie was called Ben Jonson. A writer of plays and masques, very well known at court. Boy. What is the first thing you remember of yourself 1 Oak. If you ask me that, I must indeed begin; but I believe I must first tell you about this place where you and I are holding speech; and then, next time you come, you shall hear of me and my own story. I, of course, can hardly help knowing this wood, and all belonging to it, thoroughly. Boy. "This wood t" what do you mean? There is no wood here, there are hardly any trees. Oak. I forgot. It was what I remembered that I seemeil to see. It was all one thick forest as far as your eye can take in. Here and there, there was a small grassy glade, a beautiful circular space, covered with green turf, where the deer used to come and lie down, and there were woodman's huts scattered about in the forest. There were many kinds of trees--not oaks only, but beeches, and great quantities of holly, which made the whole wood fresh and green in the winter as well as summer; there were green tracks through the forest, wide enough for the clumsy little carts drawn by oxen to go; and there were often sounds of the axe, for the underwood was cut down between times for firing, for the Saxon Thane, or Ceorl, or Abbot, according as the ownership of the land might be. Hereabouts we were all under very good masters. These lands were Abbey lands in Saxon times, and though the Normans afterwards got Abbey and forest and all into their possession, we still belonged to the Church. I tell you this, my boy, at the first, because...show more

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  • Paperback | 68 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 141g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236961617
  • 9781236961617