The History of Stowmarket: The Ancient County Town of Suffolk, with Some Notices of the Hundred of Stow, Compiled in a Popular Form from Doomsday-book--M.S.S. in the British Museum--parish Papers in Stow Church Chests, &c. --and Connected with the History of the County

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Page 228 - To disappointment, and fallacious hope : Rich in content, in Nature's bounty rich, In herbs and fruits; whatever greens the Spring, When heaven descends in showers; or bends the bough, When Summer reddens, and when Autumn beams; Or in the wintry glebe whatever lies Conceal'd, and fattens with the richest sap...
Page 228 - Oh, knew he but his happiness, of men The happiest he ! who far from public rage, Deep in the vale, with a choice few retired, Drinks the pure pleasures of the rural life.
Page 103 - ... failing, they gave up to God their innocent souls into the joys of heaven, leaving to the tormentors their bodies dead in the bed. Which after that the wretches perceived, first by the struggling with the pains of death, and after long lying still, to be thoroughly dead, they laid their bodies naked out upon the bed, and fetched Sir James to see them.
Page 228 - ... o'er all the lowing vale ; Nor bleating mountains ; nor the chide of streams, And hum of bees, inviting sleep sincere Into the guiltless breast, beneath the shade, Or thrown at large amid the fragrant hay ; Nor aught besides of prospect, grove, or song, Dim grottoes, gleaming lakes, and fountain clear. Here too dwells simple truth ; plain innocence ; Unsullied beauty ; sound unbroken youth, Patient of labour, with a little pleased ; Health ever blooming ; unambitious toil ; Calm contemplation,...
Page 98 - Here they should feed on fat beef and mutton, till nothing but their fulness should stint their stomachs : yea, they should feed on the labours of their own hands, enjoying a proportionable profit of their pains to themselves ; their beds should be good, and their bed-fellows better, seeing the richest yeomen in England would not disdain to marry their daughters unto them ; and such the English beauties, that the most envious foreigners could not but commend them.
Page 228 - These are not wanting ; nor the milky drove , Luxuriant, spread o'er all the lowing vale ; Nor bleating mountains...
Page 192 - I do declare and promise, that I will be true and faithful to the Commonwealth of England, as it is now established, without a King or House of Lords.
Page 103 - The man had an high heart and sore longed upward, not rising yet so fast as he had hoped, being hindered and kept under by...
Page 51 - Now have we many chimneys ; and yet our tenderlings complain of rheums, catarrhs, and poses ; then had we none but reredosses, and our heads did never ache. For as the smoke in those days was supposed to be a sufficient hardening for the timber of the house, so it was reputed a far better medicine to keep the good-man and his family from the quack or pose, wherewith, as then, very few were acquainted.
Page 171 - Some only for not being drown'd, And some for sitting above ground, Whole days and nights, upon their breeches. And feeling pain, were hang'd for witches ; And some for putting knavish tricks Upon green geese and turkey-chicks, Or pigs that suddenly deceast Of griefs unnatural, as he guest ; Who after prov'd himself a witch, And made a rod for his own breech.

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