North Wales ... delineated from two excursions, Volume 2


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Page 82 - I had no sooner spoken these words but a loud though yet gentle noise came from the heavens, for it was like nothing on earth, which did so comfort and cheer me that I took my petition as granted, and that I had the sign I demanded, whereupon also I resolved to print my book.
Page 329 - Harke how the minstrels gin to shrill aloud Their merry musick that resounds from far, The pipe, the tabor, and the trembling Croud, That well agree withouten breach or jar.
Page 268 - who know very little of arts or sciences, or the powers of nature, will laugh at us Cardiganshire miners, who maintain the existence of knockers, in mines ; a kind of good-natured impalpable people, not to be seen but heard, and who seem to us to work in the mines ; that is to say, they are the types, or forerunners, of working in mines, as dreams are of some accidents which happen to us.
Page 268 - Now how are we sure, or any body sure, but that our dreams are produced by the same natural means ? There is some faint resemblance of this in the sense of hearing ; the bird is killed before we hear the report of the gun. However this is, / must speak well of the knockers...
Page 149 - In conformity to an ancient usage, from a proper regard to decency, and a concern for the health of his fellow-creatures, he was moved to give particular directions for being buried in the adjoining church-yard, and not in the church...
Page 269 - This was when we were driving levels, and before we had got any ore ; but when we came to the ore, they then gave over, and I heard no more of them. These are odd assertions, but they are certainly facts, although we cannot, and do not, pretend to account for them.
Page 83 - There is no stronger characteristic of human nature than its being open to the grossest contradictions. One of lord Herbert's chief arguments against revealed religion is, the improbability that Heaven should reveal its will to only a portion of the earth, which he terms particular religion. How could a man (supposing the anecdote genuine) who doubted of partial, believe individual revelation...
Page 83 - It is hard to say whether his person, his understanding, or his courage, was the most extraordinary ; as the fair, the learned, and the brave, held him in equal admiration. But the same man was wise, and capricious ; redressed wrongs, and quarrelled for punctilios ; hated bigotry in religion, and was himself a bigot to philosophy.
Page 219 - Twas not for want of skill; Or courage to perform the task, he fell ; No, no, a faulty cord being drawn too tight Hurried his soul on high to take her flight, Which bid the body here beneath, good night.
Page 278 - Plygan, or the Crowing of the Cock. It has been a general belief among the superstitious, that instantly, at his warning, 'Whether in sea or tire, in earth or air, Th...

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