The New Statistical Account of Scotland: Dunbarton, Stirling, Clackmannan

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W. Blackwood and Sons, 1845 - Scotland

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Page 5 - The smoke from chimneys right ascends, Then spreading, back to earth it bends. The wind unsteady veers around, Or settling in the south is found.
Page 236 - That sweetly warbles o'er its bed, With white, round, polish'd pebbles spread; While, lightly poised, the scaly brood In myriads cleave thy crystal flood; The springing trout, in speckled pride; The salmon, monarch of the tide; The ruthless pike, intent on war; The silver eel, and mottled par...
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Page 5 - The moon in halos hid her head; The boding shepherd heaves a sigh, For, see, a rainbow spans the sky, The walls are damp, the ditches smell, Closed is the pink-eyed pimpernel.
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