The Fife coast from Queensferry to Fifeness

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Page 149 - I have been writing a ballad, my dear ; I am oppressing my heroine with many misfortunes. I have already sent her Jamie to sea — and broken her father's arm— and made her mother fall sick — and given her Auld Robin Gray for her lover; but I wish to load her with a fifth sorrow within the four lines, poor thing ! Help me to one.' — ' Steal the cow, sister Anne,
Page 23 - Town is well seated; pretty strong; but marvellous capable of further improvement in that respect, without great charge. The Harbour, at a high spring, is near a fathom deeper than at Leith; and doth not lie commanded by any ground without the Town.
Page 149 - Anne,' said the little Elizabeth. The cow was immediately lifted by me, and the song completed. At our fireside, and amongst our neighbours, 'Auld Robin Gray' was always called for. I was pleased in secret with the approbation it met with ; but such was my dread of being suspected of writing anything, perceiving the shyness it created in those who could write nothing, that I carefully kept my own secret.
Page 3 - Leith. and its port now lays at our mercy ; and did not the plea of humanity stay the hand of just retaliation, I should, without advertisement, lay it in ashes. Before I proceed to that stern duty as an officer, my duty as a man induces me to propose to you, by the means of a reasonable ransom, to prevent such a scene of horror and distress.
Page 3 - ... agree with you on the terms of ransom, allowing you exactly half an hour's reflection before you finally accept or reject the terms which he shall propose (200,000/.) If you accept the terms offered within the time limited, you may rest assured that no further debarkation of troops will be made, but that the re-embarkation of the vanguard will immediately follow, and that the property of the citizens shall remain unmolested.
Page 2 - ... which Britain owes to the much-injured citizens of the United States, — for savages would blush at the unmanly violation and rapacity that has marked the tracks of British tyranny in America, from which neither virgin innocence nor helpless age has been a plea of protection or pity.
Page 183 - That howbeit neither our friendship, which could not be great, seeing their king and they were friends to the greatest enemy of Christ, the Pope of Rome, and our king and we defied him, nor yet their cause against our neighbours and special friends of England could procure any benefit at our hands for their relief and comfort, nevertheless they should know by experience that we were men, and...
Page 183 - ... and very low courtesy, bowing down with his face near the ground, and touching my shoe with his hand, began his harangue in the Spanish tongue, whereof I understood the substance, and being about to answer in Latin, he having only a young man with him to be his interpreter, began and tauld ower again to us in gude English.
Page 149 - Steal the cow, sister Anne,' said the little Elizabeth. The cow was immediately lifted by me, and the song completed. At our fireside, and amongst our neighbours, 'Auld Robin Gray
Page 39 - The boat, aho! to Leith, aho!' We cry, Sal-va-ti-on, aho! to Heaven, aho ! You sail aneath Skipper Gallawa, there : we sail aneath Christ ! — we ha'e Christ for oor skipper, the Holy Spirit for oor pilot, an' God himsel' at the helm ! Your boat, let me tell ye, is but a bit fir deal frae Norawa! the keel o' oor boat was laid in Bethlehem, built in Judea, rigged in Jerusalem, launched on Mount Calvary ; we ha'e the cross o' Christ for a helm, a Cedar o' Lebanon for a mast, an' the redemption of...

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