The History of Signboards: From the Earliest Times to the Present Day

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J.C. Hotten, 1866 - Inn signs - 536 pages
 

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Page 226 - With the best gamesters : what things have we seen Done at the Mermaid; heard words that have been So nimble, and so full of subtle flame, As if that every one from whence they came Had meant to put his whole wit in a jest, And had resolved to live a fool the rest Of his dull life...
Page 300 - Thou shalt tread upon the lion and adder : The young lion and the dragon shalt thou trample under feet.
Page 483 - At the end of the seventeenth and the beginning of the eighteenth century...
Page 431 - Were I in England now, as once I was, and had but this fish painted, not a holiday fool there but would give a piece of silver. There would this monster make a man. Any strange beast there makes a man. When they will not give a doit to relieve a lame beggar, they will lay out ten to see a dead Indian.
Page 281 - This story shall the good man teach his son, And Crispin Crispian shall ne'er go by From this day to the ending of the world But we in it shall be remembered.
Page 92 - ON THE UNIVERSITY CARRIER, Who sickened in the time of his Vacancy, being forbid to go to London by reason of the Plague Here lies old Hobson. Death hath broke his girt, And here, alas! hath laid him in the dirt; Or else, the ways being foul, twenty to one He's here stuck in a slough, and overthrown. 'Twas such a shifter that, if truth were known, Death was half glad when he had got him down; For he...
Page 400 - The next observed that the word 'makes' might as well be omitted, because his customers would not care who made the hats. If good and to their mind they would buy, by whomsoever made. He struck it out. A third said he thought the words 'for ready money' were useless, as it was not the custom of the place to sell on credit.
Page 17 - If drawn by business to a street unknown, Let the sworn porter point thee through the town ; Be sure observe the signs, for signs remain, Like faithful landmarks, to the walking train.
Page 478 - Slavery ; vastly fond of great Noises that fill the Ear, such as the firing of Cannon, Drums, and the ringing of Bells, so that it is common for a number of them, that have got a Glass in their Heads, to go up into some Belfry, and ring the Bells for Hours together, for the sake of Exercise.

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