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Page 192 - Farewell, dear flowers ; sweetly your time ye spent, Fit, while ye lived, for smell or ornament, And after death for cures. I follow straight, without complaints or grief ; Since, if my scent be good, I care not if It be as short as yours.
Page 140 - Nae langer she wept^— her tears were a' spent,— Despair it was come, and she thought it content; She thought it content, but her cheek it grew pale, And she droop'd, like a lily broke down by the hail.
Page 130 - I gazed about me for a time with mute surprise, I may almost say, with disappointment. I beheld a mere succession of grey waving hills, line beyond line, as far as my eye could reach, monotonous in their aspect, and so destitute of trees, that one could almost see a stout fly walking along their profile ; and the farfamed Tweed appeared a naked stream, flowing between bare hills without a tree or thicket on its banks...
Page 146 - ... half furnished with great platters of porridge, each having a little piece of sodden meat ; and when the table was served, the servants did sit down with us ; but the upper mess instead of porridge, had a pullet with some prunes in the broth.
Page 53 - The sluttishness and nastiness of this people is such, that I cannot omit the particularizing thereof, though I have more than sufficiently often touched upon the same: their houses, and halls, and kitchens, have such a noisome taste, a savour, and that so strong, as it doth offend you so soon as you come within their wall...
Page 34 - Howieson, or his successors, should be ready to present a ewer and basin for the King to wash his hands, when his Majesty should come to Holyrood palace, or should pass the bridge of Cramond. Accordingly, in the year 1822, when George IV. came to Scotland, the descendant of John Howieson of Braehead, who still possesses the estate which was given to his ancestor, appeared at a solemn festival, and offered his Majesty water from a silver ewer, that he might perform the service by which he held his...
Page 70 - Gae tak frae me this gay mantile, And bring to me a plaidie; For if kith and kin and a' had sworn, I'll follow the gypsie laddie.
Page 160 - Hereunto we went, and there found no hall, only a dining-room or hall, a fair room, and almost as large as the whole pile, but very sluttishly kept, unswept, dishes, trenchers, and wooden cups thrown up and down, and the room very nasty and unsavoury.
Page 79 - His cloud of flowers. Poor heart, above thy field of sorrow sighing For smitten faith, and hope untimely slain, Leave thou the soil whereon thy dead are lying To the soft sunlight and the cleansing rain ; Love works in silence, hiding all the traces Of bitter conflict on the trampled sod, And time shall show thee all earth's battle-places Veiled by the hand of God.