The Poetical Works of Robert Anderson, Author of "Cumberland Ballads", &c: To which is Prefixed the Life of the Author, Written by Himself : An Essay on the Character, Manners, and Customs of the Peasantry of Cumberland; and Observations on the Style and Genius of the Author, by Thomas Sanderson, Volume 1

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B. Scott ... sold also by all other booksellers, 1820 - Cumberland (England) - 278 pages

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Page liv - Hence loathed Melancholy Of Cerberus and blackest midnight born, In Stygian Cave forlorn 'Mongst horrid shapes, and shrieks, and sights unholy, Find out some uncouth cell, Where brooding darkness spreads his jealous wings, And the night-raven sings; There, under ebon shades, and low-brow'd rocks, As ragged as thy locks, In dark Cimmerian desert ever dwell.
Page 221 - And sweetly sleep, releas'd from woe Within the tomb. My cradle was the couch of Care, And Sorrow rock'd me in it ; Fate seem'd her saddest robe to wear, On the first day that saw me there, And darkly shadow'd with despair My earliest minute. E'en then the griefs I now possess, As natal boons were given ; And the fair form of Happiness, Which hover'd round, intent to bless, Scar'd by the phantoms of distress...
Page xxxiii - would have prevented me from making such an attempt had not necessity forced me to it. A committee was appointed, who have used every exertion to ensure my happiness in the winter of life; and the same anxiety has been shown by many in various parts of the kingdom.
Page xlv - Young man, attend to the voice of one who has possessed a certain degree of fame in the world, and who will shortly appear before his Maker : read the Bible every day of your life.
Page xiv - Carlisle, for children only. Blessed be the Institutors and encouragers of such seminaries ; who place the offspring of the labouring classes in the true road to knowledge and to...
Page lix - Greek words, agia mene, signifying the holy month. The custom is not unknown in Scotland. Some years ago, one of her ministers endeavoured to abolish it by censuring it from the pulpit :
Page liv - HENCE, loathed Melancholy, Of Cerberus and blackest Midnight born In Stygian cave forlorn, 'Mongst horrid shapes, and shrieks, and sights unholy ! Find out some uncouth cell Where brooding Darkness spreads his jealous wings And the night-raven sings ; There under ebon shades, and low-browed rocks As ragged as thy locks, In dark Cimmerian desert ever dwell.
Page lvii - ... at which a pecuniary collection is made among the company for the purpose of setting the wedded pair forward in the world. It is always attended with music and dancing, and the fiddler, when the contributions begin; takes care to remind the assembly of their duties by notes imitative of the following couplet : ' Come, my friends, and freely offer ; Here's the bride who has no tocher (dowry).
Page lxi - Ballads display uncommon merit, and may be considered as the most perfect specimens of pastoral writing that have yet appeared. The author has taken a wider view of rural life than any of his predecessors, and has been more happy in describing the peculiar cast of thought and expression by which individual manners are distinguished. In delineating the characters of his peasants he has closely adhered to nature and truth, never raising them above their condition in life by too much refinement, and...
Page xxv - LUCY GRAY, OF ALLENDALE. BY ROBERT ANDERSON, THE CUMBRIAN BARD. IUCY Gray," says Robert Anderson in an Autibiography affixed to his Poetical Works (Scott, Carlisle, 1820), "was my first attempt at poetical composition ; and was suggested from hearing a Northumbrian rustic relate the story of the unfortunate lovers. She was the toast of the neighbouring villagers ; and to use the simple language of my Northumbrian friend "Monie a smart canny lad wad hae gane far efter dark, aye through fire and water,...

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