Hilda Lewis

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Earth and fire and water and air
We solemnly promise, we solemnly swear
Not a word, not a hint, not a sound to declare
Earth and fire and water and air!

Hilda Winifred Lewis (18961974) was a British writer of historical novels, most famous for her children's fantasy novel The Ship that Flew.

Quotes[edit]

The Ship that Flew (1939)[edit]

These are just a few sample quotes, for more from this work see The Ship that Flew
There is no magic when one no longer believes.
  • Magic. Magic had happened to him. He knew it would one day. He had always believed in magic, even whe the others had laughed at him, laughed because he was the eldest and ought to know better.
    • Ch. 1 : The Magic Begins
  • Magic doesn't happen often — not once in a blue moon … I expect there isn't another magic ship like this one in the whole world.
    • Ch. 2 : And Continues
  • Earth and fire and water and air
    We solemnly promise, we solemnly swear
    Not a word, not a hint, not a sound to declare
    Earth and fire and water and air!
    • Oath of the four Grant children, first used in Ch. 2 : And Continues

The Gentle Falcon (1957)[edit]

I think hawking is the nearest thing to flying in this world.
  • I was a lonely child though there were children in plenty on our land. But my nurse forbade me to play with them. She guarded my dignity; more than my mother, indeed, who being so great a lady took dignity for granted.
    But in any case there was little time for them to play. There was work for even the smallest upon our land; some of our peasants had run away, tempted by ever-rising wages. Wages fixed by law were certainly low; but, like many another ruined in the French wars, we had no money to pay a penny more than the law laid down. All over the country men were running away from their masters and the land lost as many laborers as by the Black Death itself.
  • I think hawking is the nearest thing to flying in this world. There you sit high up and poised light as air, the horse swift beneath you. You unhood your bird, let the jesses go and watch your falcon, its bells a-jingle, like some wild spirit take the air ... and your own spirit goes with it.
  • Nobody seemed to know where the King was. He was at Windsor choosing new furnishings for the little Queen's rooms; he was hunting at Eltham; he was at Leeds Castle; he was at Havering. He was here, he was there, restless as quicksilver. Certainly I never set eyes on him. I was disappointed. And yet I was relieved, too. It was common talk that the King's moods shifted this way and that you never knew what to expect.
  • Why think of anything at all but the pretty, gentle child sitting high upon the white horse!
    So women holding up their children to see her pass cried blessings on her head, the easy blessings of a crowd, that may turn at any moment to curses. And there were wenches in plenty, who, seeing the little Queen in cloth of gold and the King at her side, handsome Richard, wished themselves, no doubt, in her place.
  • When she saw the children jumping first upon one bare foot and then upon the other, she envied them and wished that she, too, could run barefooted for a little while.
    For a little while. She was a royal child. She knew that golden shoes pinch and there is no escaping them.

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