The Sportsman

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Page 5 - Which leaveth her eggs in the earth, And warmeth them in the dust, And forgetteth that the foot may crush them, Or that the wild beast may break them.
Page 209 - Away, Away, you trifler. — Love! I love thee not, I care not for thee, Kate; this is no world To play with mammets, and to tilt with lips : We must have bloody noses and crack'd crowns, And pass them current too.
Page 306 - Rent is the fleecy Mantle of the Sky; The Clouds fly different; and the sudden Sun By Fits effulgent gilds th' illumin'd Field, And black by Fits the Shadows sweep along.
Page 12 - Seeing some individuals employed on the ground under its shade, and the conical points of what looked like houses in miniature protruding through its evergreen foliage, I proceeded thither, and found that the tree was inhabited by several families of Bakones, the aborigines of the country. I ascended by the notched trunk, and found, to my amazement, no less than seventeen of these aerial abodes, and three others unfinished. On reaching the topmost hut, about thirty feet from the ground, I entered,...
Page 12 - ... stall, but subsisted on locusts, roots, and the chase. They adopted this mode of architecture to escape the lions which abounded in the country. During the day the families descended to the shade beneath to dress their daily food. When the inhabitants increased, they supported the augmented weight on the branches, by upright sticks, but when lightened of their load, they removed these for firewood.
Page 245 - But times are altered; trade's unfeeling train Usurp the land and dispossess the swain...
Page 151 - ... stakes at Newmarket, the New stakes at Ascot, the Ham, Lavant, or Molecomb stakes at Goodwood, the Prince of Wales's stakes at York, the Champagne or 20 sovs.
Page 69 - In addition to matches, plates, and other modes of adventure, that of a sweepstakes had come into vogue ; and the opportunity it gave to deep calculators to secure themselves from loss by hedging their bets, greatly multiplied the bettors, and gave uncommon animation to the sweepstakes mode.
Page 11 - Scottish stags at the rutting season, they roar loudest in cold, frosty nights; but on no occasions are their voices to be heard in such perfection, or so intensely powerful, as when two or three strange troops of lions approach a fountain to drink at the same time. When this occurs, every member of each troop sounds a bold roar of defiance at the opposite parties ; and when one roars, all roar together, and each seems to vie with his comrades in the intensity and power of his voice.
Page 211 - But where a stake is deposited by the owners of the horses, which is to go to the winner...

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