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

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W. Blackwood and Sons, 1845 - Scotland

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Page 15 - O how canst thou renounce the boundless store Of charms which Nature to her votary yields ! The warbling woodland, the resounding shore, The pomp of groves, and garniture of fields ; All that the genial ray of morning gilds, And all that echoes to the song of even, All that the mountain's sheltering bosom shields, And all the dread magnificence of Heaven, O how canst thou renounce, and hope to be forgiven...
Page 5 - Through the clear stream the fishes rise. And nimbly catch the incautious flies. The glowworms, num'rous, clear and bright, Illum'd the dewy hill last night. At dusk the squalid toad was seen, Like quadruped, stalk o'er the green. The whirling wind the dust obeys, And in the rapid eddy plays. The frog...
Page 234 - Pure stream ! in whose transparent wave My youthful limbs I wont to lave ; No torrents stain thy limpid source ; No rocks impede thy dimpling course, 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.
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.
Page 10 - If this useful bird caught its food by day,* instead of hunting for it by night, mankind would have ocular demonstration of its utility in thinning the country of mice; and it would be protected and encouraged everywhere. It would be with us what the ibis was with the Egyptians.
Page 107 - Birch describes as existing at Roseneath, in Argyllshire. When a person at a proper distance played eight or ten notes on a trumpet, they were correctly repeated, but a third lower ; after a short silence, another repetition was heard in a yet lower tone, and after another short interval, they were repeated a third time in a tone lower still.
Page 94 - I content me with my portuise and pontificall ; and if you, Dean Thomas, leave not these fantasies, you will repent when you cannot mend it. Dean Thomas answered, that he believed it was his duty to do what he did, and that he had laid his account with any danger that might follow.
Page 250 - Where cooling vapours breathe along the mead, The patient fisher takes his silent stand, Intent, his angle trembling in his hand : With looks unmoved, he hopes the scaly breed, And eyes the dancing cork and bending reed.
Page 352 - Let nothing be done through strife or vain -glory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves.
Page 149 - What rendered this scene more striking and truly interesting was, that the body of her son and only child, the natural heir of the title and estates of Kilsyth, lay at her knee. His features were as composed as if he had been only asleep. His...

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