Traditions of Edinburgh

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W. and R. Chambers, 1847 - Edinburgh (Scotland) - 348 pages

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Page 76 - The rich man shall lie down, but he shall not be gathered : he openeth his eyes, and he is not. 20 Terrors take hold on him as waters, a tempest stealeth him away in the night.
Page 56 - I removed from the country to the town, the true scene for a man of letters. In 1752, were published at Edinburgh, where I then lived, my Political Discourses, the only work of mine that was successful on the first publication. It was well received abroad and at home.
Page 47 - ... to walk a minuet; which they perform with a formality that approaches to despondence. After five or six couple have thus walked the gauntlet, all stand up to country dances; each gentleman furnished with a partner from the aforesaid lady directress; so they dance much, say nothing, and thus concludes our assembly.
Page 32 - He was a tall, black man, and ordinarily looked down to the ground; a grim countenance, and a big nose. His garb was still a cloak, and somewhat dark, and he never went without his staff.
Page 191 - Lady Eglintoune, though she was now in her eighty-fifth year, and had lived in the retirement of the country for almost half a century, was still a very agreeable woman. She was of the noble house of Kennedy, and had all the elevation which the consciousness of such birth inspires. Her figure was majestic, her manners high-bred, her reading extensive, and her conversation elegant.
Page 275 - The lasses o1 the Canongate, Oh, they are wondrous nice : They winna gie a single kiss, But for a double price. " Gar hang them, gar hang them, Hie upon a tree ; For we '11 get better up the gate, For a bawbee ! " Most picturesque of all the figures to be seen in Edinburgh are the Newhaven fishwives.
Page 47 - ... the other end stand their pensive partners that are to be ; but no more intercourse between the sexes than there is between two countries at war. The ladies indeed may ogle, and the gentlemen sigh; but an embargo is laid on any closer commerce.
Page 47 - Scotch gentleman told me, (and, faith, I believe he was right) that I was a very great pedant for my pains.
Page 79 - A prison is a house of care. A place where none can thrive, A touchstone true to try a friend, A grave for one alive. Sometimes a place of right. Sometimes a place of wrong, Sometimes a place of rogues and thieves, And honest men among.
Page 58 - I live still, and must for a twelvemonth, in my old house in James's Court, which is very cheerful, and even elegant, but too small to display my great talent for cookery, the science to which I intend to addict the remaining years of my life...

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