The horkey

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Material Information

Title:
The horkey a ballad
Physical Description:
48 p. : col. ill. ; 25 cm.
Language:
English
Creator:
Bloomfield, Robert, 1766-1823
Cruikshank, George, fl. 1866-1894 ( Illustrator )
Burnand, F. C ( Francis Cowley ), 1836-1917 ( Author of introduction )
Macmillan & Co ( Publisher )
R. Clay, Sons, and Taylor ( Printer )
Publisher:
Macmillan and Co.
Place of Publication:
London
Manufacturer:
R. Clay, Sons, and Taylor
Publication Date:

Subjects

Subjects / Keywords:
Children's poetry, English   ( lcsh )
Dinners and dining -- Juvenile poetry   ( lcsh )
Practical jokes -- Juvenile poetry   ( lcsh )
Harvest festivals -- Juvenile poetry   ( lcsh )
Wit and humor, Juvenile   ( lcsh )
Social life and customs -- Juvenile poetry -- England   ( lcsh )
Bldn -- 1882
Genre:
poetry   ( marcgt )
Spatial Coverage:
England -- London

Notes

Statement of Responsibility:
by Robert Bloomfield ; with illustrations by George Cruikshank.
General Note:
Prefatory address by F.C. Burnand.
Funding:
Preservation and Access for American and British Children's Literature, 1870-1889 (NEH PA-50860-00).

Record Information

Source Institution:
University of Florida
Holding Location:
Baldwin Library of Historical Children's Literature in the Department of Special Collections and Area Studies, George A. Smathers Libraries, University of Florida
Rights Management:
All rights reserved, Board of Trustees of the University of Florida.
Resource Identifier:
aleph - 002222866
notis - ALG3112
oclc - 04467563
lccn - 78312214
System ID:
UF00052993:00001

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Do you know what The Iorkey" is
Ao, probably not.
11l ZjDo you care to know what The Hlorkgy is ?
Yes, you do.
First, look at 'lAr. Cruiikshank's pictures of interiors, exteriors,
and architectural, or, rather, his Horkey-lectural" designs.
What on earlt is The Iorkev ? '" It is a wonderful name,
and mij/it be a game, a dance, a chieftain, a ghost, or an epidemic. -
.' No one -would ha'e been surprised to hear that The Horkey "
i had entertained a large party of guests at his castle, that the
retainers had gathered together by torchlight, and out of compliment
to this chieftain, had danced Thze Horkiy," of whiich there would
'have been various pictorial representations, generally remarkable for
strong of light and shadow, and a considerable ,:'.' '" of
muscle, in the weekly illustrated apers. I should not have expressed
iany astonishminent on coming across an animated scene in one of u
these journals with, undernlcath, the legend-" If.R.I. the Prince
Sof [Vasales dancing Te IIorkey.' Later in the year, when I had
forgotten these illustrations, a picture of Scene iin N/oriway,
pHorkey on the Ice," would have seemed to mle quiste te rigt thing
in tle r'ght place.

SIn the dull and silly season, I should ha'e been grateful for a
letter from a Traveler," drawing public attention to a curious
_Z:, provincial superstition connected with the apparition of The tIorkey,"
, whichk has lately been seen in the neighbourkood of the little village
\\ '/ ^of X- on the banks of the Y -- The 17orkty," in this case,
\would probably be described as bearing a close resemblance to the
\ I 't Irish Banshee."
\ .] -But the real meaning of The IIorkey," very, few could have
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The harmless blaze crept higher ;
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"Then in his button-hole upright, "Grace, Judie, Sue fire, fire '
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"The clock struck one-some talked of parting,
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And to our own doors followed
"'Yo, ho!' we cried ; 'Yo, ho !' so plain
"The misty meadow halloo'd.





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"i he u:,isted from Lil:'s ball!
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