I remember, in the beginning of Queen Elizabeth's time of England, an Irish rebel condemned, put up a petition to the deputy, that he might be hanged in a withe
, and not in an halter; because it had been so used, with former rebels.
Do the withe
thing and the kind thing too, and make the betht of uth; not the wurtht!'
They harried his hitherto peaceful domains, smoked out his singing- school by stopping up the chimney, broke into the schoolhouse at night, in spite of its formidable fastenings of withe
and window stakes, and turned everything topsy-turvy, so that the poor schoolmaster began to think all the witches in the country held their meetings there.
I amused myself one winter day with sliding this piecemeal across the pond, nearly half a mile, skating behind with one end of a log fifteen feet long on my shoulder, and the other on the ice; or I tied several logs together with a birch withe
, and then, with a longer birch or alder which had a book at the end, dragged them across.
As I look at the full stream, the vivid grass, the delicate bright-green powder softening the outline of the great trunks and branches that gleam from under the bare purple boughs, I am in love with moistness, and envy the white ducks that are dipping their heads far into the water here among the withes
, unmindful of the awkward appearance they make in the drier world above.
And of this, one thing is sure: if once we wove withes
into baskets, the next and inevitable step would have been the weaving of cloth.
They were all tied by the neck with strong withes
fastened to a beam; they held their food between the claws of their fore feet, and tore it with their teeth.
In wide parts of the river, also, they place a sort of chevaux-de-frize, or fence, of poles interwoven with withes
, and forming an angle in the middle of the current, where a small opening is left for the salmon to pass.
There, not twenty yards in front of me, placed in a charming situation, under the shade of a species of fig-tree, and facing to the stream, was a cosy hut, built more or less on the Kafir principle with grass and withes
, but having a full-length door instead of a bee-hole.
409-414) So saying, Apollo twisted strong withes
with his hands meaning to bind Hermes with firm bands; but the bands would not hold him, and the withes
of osier fell far from him and began to grow at once from the ground beneath their feet in that very place.
The animal corrals of the maniacs are protected by an outer wall or palisade of upright logs, the lower ends of which are imbedded in the ground, the logs themselves being placed as close together as possible and further reinforced and bound together by withes
. At intervals there are gates through which the flocks are turned on to the grazing land south of the city during the daytime.
On his left, the withes
which bound her to a pine, performed that office for Alice which her trembling limbs refused, and alone kept her fragile form from sinking.