Chronicles of London Bridge

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Smith, Elder, 1827 - 687 pages

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Page 663 - The time shall come, when, free as seas or wind, Unbounded Thames shall flow for all mankind, Whole nations enter with each swelling tide, And seas but join the regions they divide ; Earth's distant ends our glory shall behold, And the new world launch forth to seek the old.
Page 310 - Then marched he forward out of his own house at Westminster, passing through all London over London Bridge, having before him of gentlemen a great number, three in rank, in black velvet livery coats, and the most part of them with great chains of gold about their necks.
Page 149 - The spinsters and the knitters in the sun, And the free maids that weave their thread with bones, Do use to chant it ; it is silly sooth, And dallies with the innocence of love, Like the old age.
Page 491 - January 2nd, 1739-40, it is observed that " several vintners in the Strand bought a large ox in Smithfield on Monday last, which is to be roasted whole on the ice on the river of Thames, if the frost continues. Mr. Hodgeson, a butcher in St. James's Market, claims the privilege of selling or knocking down the beast, as a right inherent in his family, his father having knocked down the ox roasted on the river in the great frost, 1684, as himself did that roasted in 1715, near Hungerford Stairs. The...
Page 6 - It ascends me into the brain ; dries me there all the foolish and dull and crudy vapours which environ it; makes it apprehensive, quick, forgetive, full of nimble, fiery, and delectable shapes; which delivered o'er to the voice, the tongue, which is the birth, becomes excellent wit.
Page 489 - Her neck grew warpt beneath autumnal loads Of various fruit ; she now a basket bore : That head, alas ! shall basket bear no more. Each booth she frequent past in quest of gain, ssa And boys with pleasure heard her shrilling strain.
Page 489 - Doll ev'ry day had walk'd these treach'rous roads; Her neck grew warpt beneath autumnal loads Of various fruit; she now a basket bore, That head, alas! shall basket bear no more. Each booth she frequent past, in quest of gain, And boys with pleasure heard her shrilling strain. Ah Doll! all mortals must resign their breath, And industry it self submit to death! The cracking crystal yields, she sinks, she dies, Her head, chopt off, from her lost shoulders flies: Pippins she cry'd, but death her voice...
Page 463 - to that degree, that another city, as it were, was erected thereon ; where, by the great number of streets and shops, with their rich furniture, it represented a great fair, with a variety of carriages, and diversions of all sorts ; and near Whitehall a whole ox was roasted on the ice.
Page 463 - ... tooke a fancy to have their names printed, and the day and yeare set down when printed on the Thames ' ; this humour tooke so universally, that 'twas estimated the printer gain'd £5.
Page 21 - Ethelred attacked and forcibly fought against ; but, by the resistance of the Danes, it proved but a vain endeavour. There was, at that time, a bridge erected over the river between the City and Southwark, so wide, that if two carriages met, they could pass each other.

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