Description of Nuneham-Courtenay: In the County of Oxford

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Page 53 - Wisdom's self Oft seeks to sweet retired solitude ; Where, with her best nurse, Contemplation, She plumes her feathers, and lets grow her wings, That in the various bustle of resort Were all too ruffled, and sometimes impair'd. He that has light within his own clear breast, May sit i...
Page 4 - Calvert Wright, fold it to John Robinfon, of London, Merchant (temp. Ol. Cromwell) Knighted in 1660, by King Charles II, and made Lieutenant of the Tower. From the Robinfons it defcended to David Earl of Wemys, (who married Mary, daughter and Coheir of Sir John Robinfon, Baronet) from whom it was purchafed in the year 1710, by Simon, firft Lord Harcourt, Lord High Chancellor of England. The Houfe was built by the late Earl, but has fince been much altered and enlarged (by the addition of a Court...
Page 48 - Her tree could shield her from the noontide blaze And from the tempest screen her little seat. Here with her Colin oft the faithful maid, Had led the dance, the envious youths among. Here when his aged bones in earth were laid. The patient matron turned her wheel and sung.
Page 3 - HARCOURT. .AT the general survey this manor belonged to Richard de Curcy : afterwards to the Family of Riparys, or Redvers. Mary, youngest daughter of William de Redvers, Earl of Devon, (who, as well as his uncle William, was surnamed de Vernon,) married Robert de Courtenay, Baron of Okehampton, in 1214.
Page 32 - KING'S DRESSING ROOM. Over the chimney, a Turkifh army on its jnarch in Egypt, by Wyck. On the fide, Elizabeth, daughter of Simon Earl Harcourt, wife of Sir William Lee, Bart, of Hartwell, Bucks; by Mifs Read. Mary le Pel, wife of John Baron Hervey of Ichworth, eldeft fon of John firft Earl of Briftol, of that family ; painted at Paris, by la Tour. A very curious ancient picture, of the Court of Wards and Liveries, with portraits of the Officers, Servants, and other perfons there affembled : the...
Page 11 - Domini, and that is enough to silence all passion in me. The God of Peace in His good time send us peace ! and in the mean time fit us to receive it. We are both on the stage, and we must act the parts that are assigned us in this tragedy. Let us do it in a way of honour, and without personal animosities.
Page 52 - Fronting the Gate is a Bust of FLORA on a Therm > Here springs the Violet all newe, And fresh Perwinke riche of hewe ; And Mouris yalowe, white, and rede, Such plenti grew ther ner in mede : Full gai is all the Grounde, and queint And poudrid, as Men had it peint, With many a fresh and sondry Floure ' That c;istin up ful gode savoure.
Page 19 - Paris. On the other fide, the Nativity, by Bronzino. Under it, St. John preaching in the Wildernefs, by Albano ; from the collection of the Earl of Waldegrave. Mars, Venus, and Cupids, by Nicolo Pouflin, very capital; from the collection of Mr.
Page 48 - Courtenay to iu present site, s'io petitioned for leave to remain in her old habitation. Her request was complied with, and her cottage not pulled down till after her death. A poem WHS written on this subject by Whitehead, and placed on a seat beneath the tree.
Page 56 - In this thy lov'd retreat we pleas'd descry. Ah, Mason ! in the scene thy fancy drest Oft shall the sigh of sorrow heave the breast ; Oft recollection picture to the mind The various talents that in thee were join'd. And, while thy lofty genius well may claim The brightest guerdon from the hand of fame, Thy simple manners, that disdain'd...

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