Apparitions; Or, The Mystery of Ghosts, Hobgoblins, and Haunted Houses Developed: Being a Collection of Entertaining Stories Founded on Fact; and Selected for the Purpose of Eradicating Those Ridiculous Fears, which the Ignorant, the Weak, and the Superstitious, are But Too Apt to Encourage, for Want of Properly Examining Into the Causes of Such Absurd Impositions

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Macdonald and Son, 1814 - Apparitions - 223 pages
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Page 26 - Millions of spiritual creatures walk the earth Unseen, both when we wake, and when we sleep : All these with ceaseless praise his works behold Both day and night. How often from the steep Of echoing hill or thicket have we heard Celestial voices to the midnight air, Sole, or responsive each to other's note, Singing their great Creator...
Page 181 - She turn'd— it stopt !— nought could she see Upon the gloomy plain ; But, as she strove the Sprite to flee, She heard the same again. Now terror seized her quaking frame ; For, where the path was bare. The trotting Ghost kept on the same : She mutter'd many a pray'r.
Page 194 - Behind a wide column, half breathless with fear, She crept to conceal herself there : That instant the moon o'er a dark cloud shone clear, And she saw in the moonlight two ruffians appear, And between them a corpse did they bear.
Page 192 - I'll wager a dinner," the other one cried, " That Mary would venture there now." " Then wager and lose," with a sneer he replied, " I'll warrant she'd fancy a ghost by her side, And faint if she saw a white cow.
Page 26 - Nor think, though men were none, That Heav'n would want spectators, God want praise : Millions of spiritual creatures walk the earth Unseen, both when we wake nnd when we sleep ; All these with ceaseless praise his works behold Both day and night.
Page 206 - Achtcrmannshohe, a human figure of a monstrous size. A violent gust of wind having almost carried away my hat, I clapped my hand to it by moving my arm towards my head, and the colossal figure did the same.
Page 20 - The remark struck a panic terror into several who were present, insomuch that one or two of -the ladies were going to leave the room ; but a friend of mine taking notice that one of our female companions was...
Page 180 - The dappled herd of grazing deer, That sought the shades by day, Now started from her path with fear, And gave the stranger way. Darker it grew ; and darker fears Came o'er her troubled mind — • When now a short quick step she hears Come patting close behind. She...
Page 23 - I remember last winter there were several young girls of the neighbourhood sitting about the fire with my landlady's daughters, and telling stories of spirits and apparitions.
Page 23 - I took out of my pocket, heard several dreadful stories of ghosts as pale as ashes that had stood at the feet of a bed, or walked over a church-yard by moonlight...

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