Reminiscences of Scottish life and character. [With], Part 1

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Page 271 - And, oh ! may Heaven their simple lives prevent From luxury's contagion, weak and vile ! Then, howe'er crowns and coronets be rent, A virtuous populace may rise the while, And stand a wall of fire around their much-loved Isle.
Page 271 - Our vows, our prayers, we now present Before thy throne of grace : God of our fathers ! be the God Of their succeeding race.
Page 211 - Firm and erect the Caledonian stood, Old was his mutton, and his claret good ; ' Let him drink port,' an English statesman cried — He drank the poison, and his spirit died.
Page 268 - From scenes like these old Scotia's grandeur springs, That makes her loved at home, revered abroad : Princes and lords are but the breath of kings; " An honest man's the noblest work of God ;" And, certes,* in fair virtue's heavenly road, The cottage leaves the palace far behind.
Page 26 - But beyond these ordinary attractions, he had a sincere respect for drinking, indeed a high moral approbation, and a serious compassion for the poor wretches who could not indulge in it; with due contempt of those who could, but did not.
Page 139 - It requires," he used to say, " a surgical operation to get a joke well into a Scotch understanding. Their only idea of wit, or rather that inferior variety of this electric talent which prevails occasionally in the North, and which, under the name of "WUT, is so infinitely distressing to people of good * taste, is laughing immoderately at stated intervals.
Page 131 - Hesperus ! thou bringest all good things — Home to the weary, to the hungry cheer, To the young bird the parent's brooding wings, The welcome stall to the...
Page 114 - I know that there may be some that will say and marvell that a minister should have taken pains to gather such proverbs together; but they that knew his forme of powerfull preaching the word, and his ordinar talking, ever almost using proverbiall speeches, will not finde fault with this that hee hath done. And whereas there are some old Scottish words not in use now, bear with that, because if ye alter those words, the proverb will have no grace -, and so, recommending these proverbs to thy good...
Page 296 - Sketches of Early Scotch History. By COSMO INNES, FSA, Professor of History in the University of Edinburgh. 1. The Church ; its Old Organisation, Parochial and Monastic. 2. Universities. 3. Family History.
Page 127 - Allan Ramsay introduces it in the " Gentle Shepherd " to express the misery of married life when the first dream of love has passed away : — " The ' Deil gaes ower Jock Wabster,' hame grows hell, When Pate misca's ye waur than tongue can tell." There are two very pithy Scottish proverbial expressions for describing the case of young women losing their chance of good marriages, by setting their aims too high. Thus an old lady, speaking of her grand-daughter having made what she considered a poor...

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