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The peasant discontinued his toil, the ox rested from the plough, all nature seemed to sympathise with their loss, and the muffled bells rung a peal of bob-major. '
The Wits and Beaux of Society Volume 1 Philip Wharton 1847
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Her fury taking a long lease of her tongue, that brawling instrument of discord rung a bob-major of invective, each strain more clamorous and confounding than the former.
- Lesage, The Adventures of Gil Blas of Santillane, tr. Smollett, bk 7 ch. 1
September 20, 2008