excerpt from 'A Tour to North Wales, 1793' pp. 251 (190 words)

excerpt from 'A Tour to North Wales, 1793' pp. 251 (190 words)

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A Tour to North Wales, 1793

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At eleven o’clock, the curate arrived, a new one, (for the vicar, of course, is absent); then I went to church, and was usher’d into a pew, alone.

 Never did I see a more decent congregation; in manners, looks, and dress, they are 60 years behind the English; whilst they retain their tongue, they cannot emigrate, and must keep up antient customs.

 […]  Their language is lofty, in sound very like to Greek:I kept up tolerably in the English Prayer Book.There was a singing gallery, of good performance; and the first part of the Litany was sung!  The Communion Service was read at the altar, where has been lately erected an handsome screen.The sermon was long; so was the service; for the language is slow, and rumbles, and jolts like a waggon in deep ruts: The exhortation to attend the Sacrament was read; the sermon was deem’d a good one.

 After service they renew’d the singing; but no one stirr’d;till I was beckon’d to make my triumphal exit.  These are proper manners; and not for people to hussle out before their betters.

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