Essays on the Superstitions of the Highlanders of Scotland: To which are Added, Translations from the Gaelic, and Letters Connected with Those Formerly Published, Volume 2

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Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, and Brown, 1811 - Highlands (Scotland)
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Page 324 - Between the acting of a dreadful thing And the first motion, all the interim is Like a phantasma, or a hideous dream : The genius, and the mortal instruments, Are then in council; and the state of man, Like to a little kingdom, suffers then The nature of an insurrection.
Page 336 - Farewell, happy fields, Where joy for ever dwells! Hail, horrors! hail, Infernal World! and thou, profoundest Hell, Receive thy new possessor — one who brings A mind not to be changed by place or time.
Page 82 - Valley" will not bear a comparison with the " Hall of Eblis." BRIDE OF ABYDOS, A TURKISH TALE. " Hart we never loved so kindly, " Had we never loved so blindly, " Never met or never parted, " We had ne'er been broken-hearted.
Page 72 - But know that in the Soul Are many lesser Faculties that serve Reason as chief; among these Fancy next Her office holds ; of all external things, Which the five watchful Senses represent, She forms Imaginations, Aery shapes, Which Reason joining or disjoining, frames All what we affirm or what deny, and call Our knowledge or opinion; then retires Into her private Cell when Nature rests.
Page 217 - The Favilteach, or three first days of February, serve many poetical purposes in the Highlands. They are said to have been borrowed for some purpose by February from January, who was bribed by February with three young sheep. These three days, by Highland reckoning, occur between the llth and 15th of February; and it is accounted a most favorable prognostic for the ensuing year, that they should be as stormy as possible.
Page 53 - After divine service they were all marched three times round the church, in presence of their offended leader and his assembled clan. Each individual, on coming out of the church door, was obliged to draw out his tongue with his fingers, and then cry audibly, ' Sudam bleidire 'theich' ie, 'This is the poltroon who fled,' and to repeat it at every corner of the church.
Page 139 - They were treated with the most cruel indignity, and fed upon a very sparing portion of unwholesome rice, which operated as a slow poison, assisted by the burning heat of the sun by day, and the unwholesome dews of night, to which they were purposely exposed to shake their constancy. Daily some of their companions dropped before their eyes, and daily they were offered liberty and...
Page 141 - It was not theirs to meet death in the field of honour, while the mind, wrought up with fervid eagerness, went forth in search of him. They saw his slow approach, and though sunk into languid debility, such as quenches the fire of mere temperament, they never once hesitated at the alternative set before them.
Page 191 - Upon inquiry it was found that the poor man had crawled out on his hands and knees between the sentinels, followed the party at some distance till he thought they were approaching the place of assault, and then again crept in the same manner on the ground beside his master, that he might be near him unobserved.
Page 139 - ... in exchange for this lingering torture, on condition of relinquishing their religion and taking the turban. Yet not one could be prevailed upon to purchase life on these terms. These Highlanders were...

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