The Old Hall, Or, Our Hearth and Homestead, Volume 3

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T.C. Newby, 1845
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Page 69 - The crow doth sing as sweetly as the lark, When neither is attended ; and, I think The nightingale, if she should sing by day, When every goose is cackling, would be thought No better a musician than the wren.
Page 1 - Biron they call him; but a merrier man, Within the limit of becoming mirth, I never spent an hour's talk withal : His eye begets occasion for his wit; For every object that the one doth catch, The other turns to a mirth-moving jest ; Which his fair tongue (conceit's expositor,) Delivers in such apt and gracious words, That aged ears play truant at his tales, And younger hearings are quite ravished ; So sweet and voluble is his discourse.
Page 170 - The charm dissolves apace ; And as the morning steals upon the night, Melting the darkness, so their rising senses Begin to chase the ignorant fumes that mantle Their clearer reason.
Page 37 - But whate'er you are That in this desert inaccessible, Under the shade of melancholy boughs, Lose and neglect the creeping hours of time ; If ever you have look'd on better days, If ever been where bells have knoll'd to church.
Page 142 - Too old, by heaven : let still the woman take An elder than herself : so wears she to him, So sways she level in her husband's heart : For, boy, however we do praise ourselves, Our fancies are more giddy and unfirm, More longing, wavering, sooner lost and worn, Than women's are.
Page 208 - I AM the resurrection and the life, saith the Lord: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: and whosoever liveth and believeth in me, shall never die.
Page 229 - A huntsman must take care, where foxes are in plenty, lest he should run the heel; for it frequently happens, that hounds can run the wrong way of the scent better than they can the right, when one is up the wind, and the other down. Fox-hunters, I think, are never guilty of the fault of trying up the wind, before they have tried down: I have known them lose foxes rather than condescend to try up the wind at all.
Page 138 - ... followers left except Jacob Prettyman and Edward Flamstead. All the rest had been beaten off ; but they still held their places. The flanks of their horses, however, told the severity used to keep them at the breathless speed, for the rowels of their spurs and their heels were speckled with gore, — and mire, foam, and sweat, covered their bodies from crupper to bit. Night now began to drop darkly around. The moon struck her pale beams through thin fleecy clouds : — still the chase went on....
Page 232 - ... quick method of hunting that I mostly value in any hound; such as are possessed of it are seldom long off the scent; it is the reverse of slackness. 266 and and a long day, it is necessary for a huntsman to animate them as much as he can; he must keep them forward and press them on, for it is not likely, in this case, that they should overrun the scent; at these times the whole work is generally done by a few hounds, and he should keep close to them:* here I also fear that the harehunter will...
Page 230 - ... likely to recover the scent. " When hounds are making a good and regular cast, trying for the scent as they go, suffer not your huntsman to say a word to them : it cannot do any good, and probably may make them go over the scent. " When hounds come to a check, a huntsman should observe the tail hounds : they are the least likely to overrun the scent, and he may see by them how far they brought it.

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