The contemporaries of Burns: and the more recent poets of Ayrshire

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James Paterson
H. Paton, 1840 - Scottish literature - 442 pages
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Page 24 - When I upon thy bosom lean, And fondly clasp thee, a' my ain, I glory in the sacred ties That made us ane wha ance were twain ; A mutual flame inspires us baith, The tender look, the melting kiss ; Even years shall ne'er destroy our love But only gie us change o
Page 170 - Delightful task ! to rear the tender thought, To teach the young idea how to shoot, . To pour the fresh instruction o'er the mind, To breathe th' enlivening spirit and to fix The generous purpose in the glowing breast.
Page 370 - No more to sigh, or shed the bitter tear, Together hymning their Creator's praise, In such society, yet still more dear ; While circling Time moves round in an eternal sphere...
Page 113 - I was bred up at nae sic school, My shepherd lad, to play the fool, And a' the day to sit in dool, And naebody to see me.
Page 24 - But only gie us change o' bliss. Hae I a wish ? it's a' for thee ; I ken thy wish is me to please ; Our moments pass sae smooth away, That numbers on us look and gaze. Weel pleased they see our happy days, Nor envy's sel' finds aught to blame ; And aye when weary cares arise, Thy bosom still shall be my hame.
Page 135 - Mechanical exercises were the favourite employments of his infant years. At a very early age he made himself acquainted with the use of edged tools so perfectly, that notwithstanding his entire blindness, he was able to make little windmills ; and he even constructed a loom with his own hands, which still show the cicatrices of wounds he received in the execution of these juvenile exploits.
Page 308 - Auchinleck was an able lawyer, a good scholar, after the manner of Scotland, and highly valued his own advantages as a man of good estate and ancient family, and, moreover, he was a strict presbyterian and whig of the old Scottish cast. This did not prevent his being a terribly proud aristocrat ; and great was the contempt he entertained and expressed for his son James, for the nature of his friendships and the character of the personages of whom he was engoue one after another. " There's nae hope...
Page 264 - That while a lassie she had worn, In longitude tho' sorely scanty, It was her best, and she was vauntie. — Ah...
Page 40 - I recollect hearing his neighbours observe, he had a great deal to say for himself, and that they suspected his principles. He wore the only tied hair in the parish ; and in the church, his plaid, which was of a particular colour, I think fillemot, he wrapped in a particular manner round his shoulders.
Page 113 - Ca' the yowes to the knowes, Ca' them where the heather grows, Ca' them where the burnie rows, My bonie dearie.

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