Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds

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Office of National illustrated library, 1852 - Hallucinations and illusions

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Page 1 - Night. All in a moment through the gloom were seen Ten thousand banners rise into the air With orient colours waving: with them rose A forest huge of spears, and thronging helms Appear'd.
Page 104 - It may please your grace to understand that witches and sorcerers within these few last years are marvellously increased within your grace's realm. Your grace's subjects pine away, even unto the death ; their colour fadeth, their flesh rotteth, their speech is benumbed, their senses are bereft. I pray God they never practise further than upon the subject.
Page 1 - Egypt's evil day, waved round the coast, up called a pitchy cloud of locusts, warping on the eastern wind that o'er the realm of impious Pharaoh hung like night and darkened all the land of Nile...
Page 254 - Much of this literature goes under the name of the 'extraordinary voyage'. This was the term given to a type of novel that developed in French literature at the end of the sixteenth and beginning of the seventeenth centuries. The 'extraordinary voyage...
Page 256 - For fortitude distinguisheth of the grounds of quarrels, whether they be just; and not only so, but whether they be worthy; and setteth a better price upon men's lives, than to bestow them idly; nay, it is weakness and disesteem of a man's self, to put a man's life upon such liedger performances : a man's life is not to be trifled away; it is to be offered up and sacrificed to honourable services, public merits, good causes, and noble adventures.
Page 259 - ... troops to the slaughter to cause a great number of officers to be knocked on the head in a battle, or against stone walls, in order to fill his pockets by disposing of their commissions.
Page 117 - I protest, to serve for a show of mine own learning and ingene (ingenuity), but only (moved of conscience) to press thereby, so far as I can, to resolve the doubting hearts of many; both that such assaults of Satan are most certainly practised, and that the instrument thereof merits most severely to be punished...
Page 115 - ... that she had not confessed because she was guilty, but being a poor creature who wrought for her meat, and being defamed for a witch, she knew she would starve, for no person thereafter would either give her meat or lodging, and that all men would beat her and hound dogs at her, and that therefore she desired to be out of the world ; whereupon she wept most bitterly, and upon her knees called God to witness to what she said.
Page 228 - Besides being acted in London sixty-three days without interruption, and renewed the next season with equal applause, it spread into all the great towns of England ; was played in many places to the thirtieth and fortieth time ; at Bath and Bristol, (fec.
Page 10 - Me ; whoever will abandon his house, or his father, or his mother, or his wife, or his children, or his inheritance, for the sake of My name shall be recompensed a hundred-fold, and possess life eternal.

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