The bards and authors of Cleveland and south Durham, and the vicinage

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John Russell Smith, 1872 - Authors, English - 24 pages

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Description - Tweddell describes the work as kind of 'Cyclopedia' of Poets and Prose writers from Cleveland and South Durham from Caedmon's time up until the 1860's often with woodcuts of the authors and others by Bewick. Contains extracts from their writings along with Tweddell's commentary on their work and lives. Tweddell challanges a few ideas such as the birth place / residence of John Gower (the Moral) which he claims was in Stittenham and Sexhow (Nr Stokesley) rather than Cantebury or elsewhere.
Contents - Contents - Introduction, Cedmon (Caedmon), Walter de Hemingford, John Gower, Rev. Bernard Gilpin, D.D., Roger Ascham, Dean Whittingham, Francis Mewburn, Lionel Charlton, John Jackson, of Rudby, Thomas John Cleaver, Sir Thomas Chaloner the Elder, Sir Thomas Chaloner the Younger, Rev. Edward Chaloner, D.D., Thomas Chaloner, MP, the Commonwealthman, James Chaloner, MP, the Commonwealthman, Rev. Henry Foulis, BD, William Martin, Joseph Reed, William Emerson, John Reed Appleton, FSA, Jabez Cole,MB, William Mudd, John Castillo, Bishop Brian Walton DD, Thomas Webber, Byron Webber, John Walker Ord FGSL, John Ryley Robinson,LLD, James Clephan,Henry Heavisides, Samual Gordon FSA.Scot, Frank Wilkinson, The Hon Commodore Constantine John Phipps, afterwards Baron Mulgrave, Rev. James Holme BA, Rev. Thomas Holme, Rev. John Graves, List of subscribers,
Popular in 1872 but more recently hidden away in reference libraries or antiquarian bookshops but gives a brilliant insight into the lives and works of poets and authors from the North East of England often with woodcuts of the authors.

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Page 131 - Yet he was kind; or, if severe in aught, The love he bore to learning was in fault; The village all declared how much he knew; 'Twas certain he could write, and cipher too; Lands he could measure, terms and tides presage, And even the story ran that he could gauge...
Page 56 - I held my tongue, and spake nothing : I kept silence, yea, even from good words; but it was pain and grief to me.
Page 257 - The poet's eye, in a fine frenzy rolling, Doth glance from heaven to earth, from earth to heaven ; And, as imagination bodies forth The forms of things unknown, the poet's pen Turns them to shapes, and gives to airy nothing A local habitation, and a name. Such tricks hath strong imagination, That, if it would but apprehend some joy, It comprehends some bringer of that joy ; Or, in the night, imagining some fear, How easy is a bush supposed a bear ! Hip.
Page 73 - Delightful task! to rear the tender thought, To teach the young idea how to shoot, To pour the fresh instruction o'er the mind, To breathe the' enlivening spirit, and to fix The generous purpose in the glowing breast.
Page 102 - Ye shall utterly destroy all the places, wherein the nations which ye shall possess served their gods, upon the high mountains, and upon the hills, and under every green tree: 3 And ye shall overthrow their altars, and break their pillars, and burn their groves with fire; and ye shall hew down the graven images of their gods, and destroy the names of them out of that place.
Page 16 - Give me leave To enjoy myself : that place that does contain My books, the best companions, is to me A glorious court, where hourly I converse With the old sages and philosophers ; And sometimes, for variety, I confer With kings and emperors, and weigh their counsels ; Calling their victories, if unjustly got, Unto a strict account, and, in my fancy, Deface their ill-plac'd statues.
Page 257 - The Lunatic, the lover and the poet Are of imagination all compact: One sees more devils than vast hell can hold, That is, the madman: the lover, all as frantic. Sees Helen's beauty in a brow of Egypt: The poet's eye, in a fine frenzy rolling, Doth glance from heaven to earth, from earth to heaven; And as imagination bodies forth The forms of things unknown, the poet's pen Turns them to shapes and gives to airy nothing A local habitation and a name.
Page 84 - God made the world; or else I am so sharply taunted, so cruelly threatened, yea, presently, sometimes with pinches, nips, and bobs, and other ways (which I will not name for the honour I bear them) so without measure misordered, that I think myself in hell, till time come that I must go to Mr.
Page 379 - Thus this brook has conveyed his ashes into Avon, Avon into Severn, Severn into the narrow seas, they into the main ocean; and thus the ashes of Wickliffe are the emblem of his doctrine, which now is dispersed all the world over.
Page 256 - These antique fables, nor these fairy toys. Lovers, and madmen, have such seething brains, Such shaping fantasies, that apprehend More than cool reason ever comprehends. The lunatic, the lover, and the poet, Are of imagination all compact. One sees more devils than vast hell can hold ; That is, the madman : the lover, all as frantic, Sees Helen's beauty in a brow of Egypt...

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