Traditional Tales Of The English And Scottish Peasantry (volume 2)

Paperback | January 3, 2012

byAllan Cunningham

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Book may have numerous typos, missing text, images, or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1874. Excerpt: ... THE SELBYS OF CUMBERLAND. Part First. Thus would she sit a summer eve, and shed The withered tresses from her faded brow; Stretch forth her long and feeble arm, which nursed Three generations--moving thus her knee, And smiling as a mother smiles who dandles Her first-born darling 'mid the sunny air. . And then she chanted an old chivalrous ballad, And muttered snatches of our old sad stories-- Such tales as stay the peasant at his plow-- The shepherd's sharp shears, as they reap the fleece-- The household damsel while she twines the thread-- And make the maid, even as the ewe-milk reeks Between her whiter fingers, pause and sigh To think of old how gentle love was crost In green and gladsome Cumberland. Among the pastoral mountains of Cumberland dwells an unmingled and patriarchal race of people, who live in a primitive manner, and retain many peculiar usages different from their neighbours of the valley and the town. They are imagined by antiquarians to be descended from a colony of Saxon herdsmen and warriors, who, establishing themselves among the mountainous wastes, quitted conquest and spoliation for the peaceful vocation of tending their flocks, and managing the barter of their rustic wealth for the luxuries fabricated by their more ingenious neighbours. In the cultivation of corn they are unskilful or uninstructed; but in all that regards sheep and cattle, they display a knowledge and a tact which is the envy of all who live by the fleece and shears. Their patriarchal wealth enables them to be hospitable, and dispense an unstinted boon among all such people as chance, curiosity, or barter, scatter over their inheritance. It happened on a fine summer afternoon, that I found myself engaged in the pursuit of an old fox, which annually preyed on our lambs, and eluded the vi...

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Book may have numerous typos, missing text, images, or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1874. Excerpt: ... THE SELBYS OF CUMBERLAND. Part First. Thus would she sit a summer eve, and shed The withered tresses from her faded brow; Stretch forth her long and feebl...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:108 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.22 inPublished:January 3, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217298494

ISBN - 13:9780217298490

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