Book of English Fairy Tales from the North-country

Paperback | February 2, 2012

byAlfred Cooper Fryer

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1884. Excerpt: ... It was Saint Barnabas' Day (the eleventh of June), many hundred years ago. The roses were in full bloom, scenting the warm air, and the honeysuckles trailed their fragrant blossoms in heavy festoons over the thick hedgerows which divided the cottage gardens. There was scarcely breeze enough to stir the nodding plumes of the tall grass in the meadows; and from the woodland came, like a silver bell, through the heat and silence of the summer noon, the clear low note of the blackbird. Now there dwelt, not far from Darlington, an old farmer, who owned many an acre of rich pasture land, and many a broad field of uncut grass and waving corn. He was no worse, perhaps, than his neighbours; jolly and hearty and happy enough when all went well with him. But on this particular morning a shade rested on his sunburnt brow, which was puckered into a thousand little wrinkles, telling of fretfulness and discontent. The cause of it was not far to seek; his muttered speech betrayed it. "'Tis a fine day, sure enough. We mightn't have the like again this season. Pity 'tis a saint's day. If it were not I could get in my hay nicely; and now I mun stand here idle, and the crop be spoiled as like as not. Bother these saints' days! What have those old saints done for me that I should lose my hay for their sakes? Well, I won't. I'll just set to work and get in my hay, and nobody will be a bit the wiser; and if they are, I don't care!" Why should he not make his hay? it may be asked. Well, for this reason. In those times people kept the saints' days and other church festivals just as we keep Sunday. It was a good old custom, for it brought needful rest to the weary labourer, and enjoined due reverence to the bountiful Creator whose hand bestowed the blessings of the sunshine and th...

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1884. Excerpt: ... It was Saint Barnabas' Day (the eleventh of June), many hundred years ago. The roses were in full bloom, scenting the warm air...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:24 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.05 inPublished:February 2, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0217448798

ISBN - 13:9780217448796

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