The beauties of Scotland, Volume 3

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Page 445 - Napier lord of Markinston, hath set my head and hands at work with his new and admirable logarithms. I hope to see him this summer, if it please God ; for I never saw a book which pleased me better, and made me more wonder.
Page 371 - ON Leven's banks, while free to rove, And tune the rural pipe to love, I envied not the happiest swain That ever trod the Arcadian plain. 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...
Page 446 - My lord, I have undertaken this long journey purposely to see your person, and to know by what engine of wit or ingenuity you came first to think of this most excellent help into astronomy, viz. the logarithms ; but, my lord, being by you found out, I wonder nobody else found it out before, when now known it is so easy.
Page 446 - Napier was doubtful he would not come. It happened, one day, as John Marr and the Lord Napier were speaking of Mr. Briggs ; ' Ah, John,' said Marchiston, ' Mr. Briggs will not now come.
Page 173 - Hyffidg at London, for some time, about two years ago ; has been since at home painting here like a Raphael — sets out for the seat of the beast, beyond the Alps, within a month hence — to be away about two years. I'm sweer to part with him, but canna stem the current which flows from the advice of his patrons and his own inclination.
Page 458 - ... herbs. Balm, sage, and mint were easily distinguished ; and it was the opinion of many, that the body was filled with the same. Although the bodies were thus entire at first, I confess I expected to see them crumble into dust ; especially as they were exposed to the open air, and the pure aromatic fluid had evaporated ; and it seems surprising that they did not.
Page 456 - ... bright as the day they were lodged in the tomb. " 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 colour was as fresh, and his flesh as plump and full, as in the perfect glow of health ; the smile of infancy and innocence sat on his lips. His shroud was not only entire, but perfectly clean, without...
Page 18 - Karnak on my right... .still temples. ...nothing but temples ! and not a vestige of the hundred gates so celebrated in history ; no walls, quays, bridges, baths, or theatres ; not a single edifice of public utility or convenience ; notwithstanding all the pains which I took in the research, I could find nothing but temples, walls covered with obscure emblems, and hieroglyphics, which attested the ascendency of the priesthood, who still seemed to reign over these mighty ruins, and whose empire constantly...
Page 427 - I protest before God and your lordships, that I profess and allow with my heart the true religion presently professed within this realm, and authorised by the laws thereof ; I shall abide thereat, and defend the same to my life's end, renouncing the Roman religion called papistry.
Page 445 - Marchiston, made public his logarithms, Mr. Briggs, then reader of- the astronomy lectures at Gresham college in London, was so surprised with admiration of them, that he could have no quietness in himself until he had seen that noble person...

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