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The monks lived due south of us, my dear, hundreds of years afore his honor the admiral was born or thought of, and a fine time of it they had, as I've heard.
He sees the soldiers, with their red coats lighted up by the torches carried afore, closing in round him.
And it was a common saying as the father wanted to ride the tailor out o' the lad, and make a gentleman on him--not but what I'm a tailor myself, but in respect as God made me such, I'm proud on it, for "Macey, tailor", 's been wrote up over our door since afore the Queen's heads went out on the shillings.
I don't so much mind the fust, the `ittin of the pole part afore I chucks in their dinner, but I waits till they've `ad their sherry and kawffee, so to speak, afore I tries on with the ear scratchin'.
They'll ha' putten Thias Bede i' the ground afore ye get to the churchyard," he said, as his son came up.
So next Sunday morning, afore service, I just looked into the vestry, an' began a-talking to th' Rector again.
The men ot the wheel said as he seen hum goin' down the lodder just afore she hut us.
Then Merlin went to the Archbishop of Canterbury and counselled him for to send for all the lords of the realm, and all the gentlemen of arms, that they should come to London afore Christmas upon pain of cursing, and for this cause, that as Jesus was born on that night, that he would of his great mercy show some miracle, as he was come to be king of all mankind, for to show some miracle who should be right wise king of this realm.
I do b'lieve, too, as that there un'd sooner break his heart than let us go by him afore next milestone.
It cannot be long afore some of yonder brood will be nosing along the
Look at that hand of mine--many and many a job that hand has done, with a neatness and dex-terity, never known afore.
But I'd liefer you'd hearn the truth concernin myseln, fro my lips than fro onny other man's, though I never cud'n speak afore so monny, wi'out bein moydert and muddled.