Caledonian Sketches, Or, A Tour Through Scotland in 1807: To which is Prefixed an Explanatory Address to the Public Upon a Recent Trial

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Mathews and Leigh, in the Strand, 1809 - 541 pages

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Page 215 - In years of plenty many thousands of them meet together in the mountains, where they feast and riot for many days; and at country weddings, markets, burials, and other the like public occasions, they are to be seen both men and women perpetually drunk, cursing, blaspheming, and fighting together.
Page 51 - Then she asked what kind of exercises she used. I answered, that when I received my dispatch, the Queen was lately come from the Highland hunting: that when her more serious affairs permitted, she was taken up with reading of histories: that sometimes she recreated herself in playing upon the lute and virginals. She asked if she played well. I said, "reasonably for a Queen.
Page 169 - ... darkness, were too much dazzled with its light to see any thing distinctly. The first race of scholars in the fifteenth century, and some time after, were, for the most part, learning to speak, rather than to think, and were therefore more studious of elegance than of truth. The contemporaries of Boethius thought it sufficient to know what the ancients had delivered. The examination of tenets and of facts was reserved for another generation.
Page 129 - Caledonia! stern and wild, Meet nurse for a poetic child! Land of brown heath and shaggy wood, Land of the mountain and the flood, Land of my sires! what mortal hand Can e'er untie the filial band, That knits me to thy rugged strand!
Page 52 - I might see her dance, as I was afterwards informed; which being over, she inquired of me whether she or my Queen danced best? I answered, the Queen danced not so high or disposedly as she did.
Page 115 - Then bagpipes of the loudest drones, With snuffling broken-winded tones, Whose blasts of air in pockets shut, Sound filthier than from the gut, And make a viler noise than swine In windy weather when they whine.
Page 60 - O'er Roslin all that dreary night A wondrous blaze was seen to gleam ; 'Twas broader than the watchfire's light, And redder than the bright moonbeam. It glared on Roslin's castled rock, It ruddied all the copsewood glen ; Twas seen from Dryden's groves of oak, And seen from cavern'd Hawthornden.
Page 52 - I knew how, excusing my fault of homeliness as being brought up in the court of France, where such freedom was allowed, declaring myself willing to endure what kind of punishment her majesty should be pleased to inflict upon me for so great an offence. Then she sat down low upon a cushion, and I upon my knees by her, but with her own hand she gave me a cushion to lay under my knee, which at first I refused, but she compelled me to take it. She then called for my Lady Strafford out of the next chamber,...
Page 35 - Valour famous through the world, Yet will they not unite their kindred arms, And, if they must have war, wage distant war, But with each other fight in cruel conflict. Gallant in strife, and noble in their ire, The battle is their pastime. They go forth Gay in the morning, as to summer sport; When ev'ning comes, the glory of the morn, The youthful warrior, is a clod of clay.
Page 94 - The next judicatory is the presbytery, consisting of all the pastors within a certain district, and one ruling elder from each parish, commissioned by his brethren to represent, in conjunction with the minister, the session of that parish. The presbytery treats of such matters as concern the particular churches within its...

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