Edwin Waugh and Ben Brierley have done much to perpetuate the rude
moorland and busy factory life of Lancashire, little has been done
to perpetuate the stern Puritanism of the hill sects.
Among these sects there is a poetry and simplicity local in
character, yet delightful in spirit; and to recall and record it is
the aim of the following Idylls.
The provincialism of Lancashire varies with its valleys. It is only
necessary, therefore, to remark that as these Idylls are drawn from
a once famous valley in the North-east division of the county, the
provincialism is peculiar to that valley — indeed, it would be more
correct to say, to that section, of the valley wherein Rehoboth