Ballads, Metrical Tales, and Other Poems

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Clarke, Beston and Company, 1854 - 182 էջ
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Էջ 79 - Old Kaspar took it from the boy, Who stood expectant by; And then the old man shook his head, And with a natural sigh, ' 'Tis some poor fellow's skull,' said he, 'Who fell in the great victory.
Էջ 80 - Kaspar took it from the boy, Who stood expectant by; And then the old man shook his head, And, with a natural sigh — " 'Tis some poor fellow's skull," said he, " Who fell in the great victory.
Էջ 79 - IT wAS a summer evening; Old Kaspar's work was done. And he before his cottage door Was sitting in the sun; And by him sported on the green His little grandchild Wilhelmine. She saw her brother Peterkin Roll something large and round. Which he beside the rivulet In playing there had found; He came to ask what he had found. That was so large and smooth and round. Old Kaspar took it from the boy, Who stood expectant by; And then the old man shook his head, And with a natural sigh, — " 'Tis some poor...
Էջ 60 - And in at the windows, and in at the door, And through the walls helter-skelter they pour, And down from the ceiling, and up through the floor, From the right and the left, from behind and before, From within and without, from above and below, And all at once to the Bishop they go.
Էջ 80 - Young Peterkin, he cries, And little Wilhelmine looks up With wonder-waiting eyes ; " Now tell us all about the war, And what they killed each other for?" " It was the English," Kaspar cried, " Who put the French to rout ; But what they fought each other for, I could not well make out. But everybody said," quoth he, "That 'twas a famous victory.
Էջ 59 - Another came running presently, And he was pale as pale could be. "Fly! my lord bishop, fly!" quoth he; "Ten thousand rats are coming this way, — The Lord forgive you for yesterday ! " "I'll go to my tower in the Rhine," replied he; " 'Tis the safest place in Germany — The walls are high and the shores are steep, And the tide is strong, and the water deep.
Էջ 80 - With fire and sword the country round Was wasted far and wide, And many a childing mother then And new-born baby died: But things like that, you know, must be At every famous victory. "They say it was a shocking sight After the field was won; For many thousand bodies here Lay rotting in the sun: But things like that, you know, must be After a famous victory. "Great praise the Duke of Marlbro...
Էջ 59 - So then to his palace returned he, And he sat down to supper merrily, And he slept that night like an innocent man; But Bishop Hatto never slept again. In the morning, as he...
Էջ 75 - But has heard of the Well of St. Keyne. An oak and an elm tree stand beside, And behind does an ash tree grow, And a willow from the bank above Droops to the water below. A traveller came to the Well of St. Keyne...
Էջ 75 - For from cock-crow he had been travelling, And there was not a cloud in the sky. He drank of the water so cool and clear, For thirsty and hot was he ; And he sat down upon the bank, Under the willow tree.

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