Tales and Popular Fictions: Their Resemblance, and Transmission from Country to Country

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Сторінка 17 - Most musical, most melancholy' bird! A melancholy bird? Oh! idle thought! In Nature there is nothing melancholy. But some night-wandering man whose heart was pierced With the remembrance of a grievous wrong, Or slow distemper, or neglected love, (And so, poor wretch...
Сторінка 9 - A work of great interest might be compiled upon the origin of popular fiction, and the transmission of similar tales from age to age, and from country to country. The mythology of one period would then appear to pass into the romance of the next century, and that into the nursery- tale of the subsequent ages.
Сторінка 23 - But knowledge is as food, and needs no less Her temperance over appetite, to know In measure what the mind may well contain; Oppresses else with surfeit, and soon turns Wisdom to folly, as nourishment to wind.
Сторінка 245 - Dick had no property on earth but his cat, and, by his master's orders, he fetched her down from his garret, and committed her to the captain with tears in his eyes, for he said he should now be kept awake all night by the rats and mice. All laughed at Dick's venture, but Miss Alice kindly gave him money to purchase another cat. The ship was driven to the coast of Barbary, and the captain having sent...
Сторінка 20 - As, when from mountain-tops the dusky clouds Ascending, while the North-wind sleeps, o'erspread Heaven's cheerful face, the louring element 490 Scowls o'er the darkened landskip snow or shower, If chance the radiant sun, with farewell sweet, Extend his evening beam, the fields revive, The birds their notes renew, and bleating herds Attest their joy, that hill and valley rings.
Сторінка 230 - Take that,' said he to the fox, aiming a ball at him from his matchlock, and shooting him through the head; ' take that for your not performing my orders. That brute,' said he, ' promised to bring me seven Ghools, that I might chain them, and carry them to Isfahan, and here he has only brought you, who are already my slave.
Сторінка 32 - But with wild beasts the sylvan war to wage, And o'er vast plains their herds and flocks to feed : Blest sons of nature they
Сторінка 250 - That Whittington lived no doubt can be made ; that he was Lord Mayor of London is equally true; but as to his cat, that, gentlemen, is the gordian knot to untie. And here, gentlemen, be it permitted me to define what a cat is. A cat is a domestic, whiskered, four-footed animal, whose employment is catching mice.
Сторінка 20 - As when from mountain-tops the dusky clouds Ascending, while the north wind sleeps, o'erspread Heaven's cheerful face, the louring element Scowls o'er the darkened landskip snow, or shower ; If chance the radiant sun with farewell sweet Extend his evening beam, the fields revive, ' The birds their notes renew, and bleating herds Attest their joy, that hill and valley rings.
Сторінка 25 - The intricate wards, and every bolt and bar Of massy iron or solid rock with ease Unfastens : on a sudden open fly With impetuous recoil and jarring sound The infernal doors, and on their hinges grate Harsh thunder, that the lowest bottom shook Of Erebus.

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