Reminiscences of Scottish Life and Characte: In Two Part

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Edmnton and Douglas, 1862 - 476 pages

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Page 476 - Our vows, our prayers, we now present Before thy throne of grace : God of our fathers ! be the God Of their succeeding race.
Page 476 - 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 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 473 - 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 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 292 - It is remarkable, that in the year 1784, when the great actress Mrs. Siddons first appeared in Edinburgh, during the sitting of the General Assembly, that court was obliged to fix all its important business for the alternate days when she did not act, as all the younger members, clergy as well as laity, took their stations in the theatre on those days by three in the afternoon.
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 421 - I have observed that he adhered to the broadest Scottish dialect. " Hae ye ony coonsel, man ?" he said to Maurice Margarot (who, I believe, was an Englishman). " No," was the reply. " Div ye want to hae ony appinted ?" " No," replied Margarot; " I only want an interpreter to make me understand what your Lordship says.
Page 127 - 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 match, described her as having "lookit at the moon, and lichtit ] in the midden.

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