Caledonian sketches (Google eBook)

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Published by Inskeep & Bradford, 1809 - Literary Criticism - 317 pages
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Page 199 - O 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!
Page 354 - 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 43 - Some of his skill he taught to me; And, Warrior, I could say to thee The words that cleft Eildon hills in three, And bridled the Tweed with a curb of stone. But to speak them were a deadly sin ; And for having but thought them my heart within, A treble penance must be done.
Page 64 - 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 252 - ... which put an end to his life. Nothing, methinks, has more the power of awakening benevolence, than the consideration of genius thus depressed by situation, suffered to pine in obscurity, and sometimes, as in the case of this unfortunate young man, to perish, -it may be, for want of those comforts and conveniences which might have fostered a delicacy of frame or of mind, ill calculated to bear the hardships which poverty lays on both. For my own part, I never pass the place (a little hamlet skirted...
Page 272 - ... 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 65 - 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 354 - And though the number of them be perhaps double to what it was formerly, by reason of this present great distress...
Page 252 - I never look on his dwelling, a small thatched house distinguished from the cottages of the other inhabitants only by a sashed window at the end- instead of a lattice, fringed with a honey-suckle plant, which the poor youth had trained around it ; I never find myself in that spot, but I stop my horse involuntarily ; and looking on the window, which the honey-suckle has now almost covered, in the dream of the moment, I picture out a figure for the gentle tenant of the mansion ; I wish,...
Page 65 - 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,...

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