A Treatise on the Language, Poetry, and Music of the Highland Clans: With Illustrative Traditions and Anecdotes and Numerous Ancient Highland Airs

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D.R. Collie, 1862 - Scottish Gaelic language - 302 pages
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Page 30 - Christ is spread abroad, through several nations and tongues, at one and the same time; except only these and their accomplices in obstinacy, I mean the Picts and the Britons, who foolishly, in these two remote islands of the world, and only in part even of them, oppose all the rest of the universe.
Page 56 - It is wonderful how in such precipitate rapidity of the fingers, the musical proportions are preserved, and, by their art, faultless throughout. In the midst of their complicated modulations and most intricate arrangement of notes, by a rapidity so sweet, a regularity so irregular, a concord so discordant, the Melody is rendered harmonious and perfect...
Page 227 - Then the Highlanders fired, threw down their fusils, rushed in upon the enemy, with sword, target and pistol, who did not maintain their ground two minutes after the Higlanders were amongst them ; and I dare be bold to say, there were scarce ever such strokes given in Europe, as were given that day by the Highlanders.
Page 56 - ... that of any nation I have ever seen ; for theirs is not the slow and heavy style of melody, like that of the instrumental music of Britain to which we are accustomed, but rapid and abrupt, yet, at the same time, sweet and pleasing in its effect. It is wonderful how in such precipitate rapidity...
Page 63 - for the purpose of instituting order and government among the professors of poetry and music, and regulating their art and profession, according to the old statute of Gruffudd ap Cynan, prince of Aberfraw.
Page 227 - ... scarce ever such strokes given in Europe as were given that day by the Highlanders. Many of General Mackay's officers and soldiers were cut down through the skull and neck to the very...
Page 56 - ... diapente,) it is always begun in a soft and delicate manner, and ended in the same, so that all may be perfected in the sweetness of delicious sounds. They enter on and again leave their modulations with so much subtlety, and the vibrations of the smaller strings of the treble sport with so much articulation and brilliancy along with the deep notes of the bass ; they delight with so much delicacy, and soothe so charmingly, that the greatest excellency of their art appears to lie in the perfect...
Page 227 - Dundee's nearly a quarter of a mile, which obliged the clans to leave large intervals between each clan, and, by declining towards the wings, they wanted troops to charge the centre, where a detachment of the Lesley and Hastings English regiments were.
Page 163 - Upon thy ranks, from musketry That oft in deadly slaughter told : Thy just distinctions ever were — The wise to lead, the bold to dare. Thy lineage is, for blood and length, In Albin's annals unexcelled, And formed of chieftains famed for strength, Who in the deadly charge compelled Steeds fierce and fleet, that harnessed shone Like meteors coursing through the sky; While in their sells, as on a throne, They towered in their war panoply: And none of them has been constrained To deeds that have...
Page 23 - ... i-ask eysk fuarain. dias, an ear of corn. deis, fu-a-rayn di-as dė-ish laoich. fiadh, a deer. feidh. laoych fi-a' fe-i' " Some nouns ending in ea are changed into i ; and those ending eo or o, into ui, — as : Nouns in eu, followed by a liquid, change u into o, and insert i after it. There are many irregular nouns ; but I do not consider it necessary to quote many examples. The following may, I think, suffice, — my chief reliance being on phonic spelling and literal translations : — Bannais,...

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