Traditions of Edinburgh, Volume 2

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Page 252 - by the appearance of the smoke of Edinburgh, which he could easily see, through the clear summer twilight, from his own door. When he observed the smoke increase in density, in consequence of the good folks of the city preparing their supper, he would call all the family into the house, saying—
Page 237 - was, that wine and ale were so scarce, and the people such misers of it, that every night before I went to bed, if any man had asked me a civil question, all the wit in my head could not have made him a sober answer.
Page 266 - our bodies, And get wharewi' to crack our joke, And clear our noddles. When Phoebus did his winnocks steek, How aften, at that ingle cheek, Did I my frosty fingers beek, And prie gude fare ; I trow there was na hame to seek, When
Page 57 - Oft have we known that seven-fold fence to fail, " Though stiff with hoops and armed with ribs of whale !
Page 211 - sermons, and would have considered it sufficient to bring the house down about their ears, if the precentor had ceased, for one verse, the old hill-side fashion of reciting the lines of the psalm before singing them. Dr Webster, of convivial memory, was long one of the clergymen of this church, and deservedly admired as a
Page 87 - accomplished. No patriot Duke opposeth the scheme, as did the great Argyll in the grand senate of our nation; therefore the project shall go into execution, and down shall Edina's lofty porches be hurled with a vengeance. Streets shall be extended to the east, regular and beautiful, as far as the Frigate Whins, and
Page 235 - TAVERN DISSIPATION, now so rare amongst the respectable classes of the community, formerly prevailed in Edinburgh to an incredible extent, and engrossed the leisure hours of all professional men, scarcely excepting even the most stern and dignified. No rank, class, or profession, indeed, formed an exception to this rule. Nothing was so common in the morning, as to meet
Page 270 - How's a" wi' ye, Bob ?"— Next to a neighbouring tavern all retired, And draughts of wine their various thoughts inspired. O'er draughts of wine the beau would moan his love;— O'er draughts of
Page 61 - She coost a look behind her, to see her negligee. And we're a' gaun east and wast, we're a' gaun agee, We're a' gaun east and wast, courtin' Mally Lee. She had twa lappets at her head, that
Page 112 - Order and elegance presided there;— Each gay Right Honourable had her place, To walk a minuet with becoming grace. No racing to the dance, with rival hurrySuch was thy sway, O

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