The Prose Works of Sir Walter Scott, Bart: Provinicial antiquities of Scotland

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R.Cadell, 1834 - Novelists, English
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Page 193 - Marmion's rank. That Castle rises on the steep Of the green vale of Tyne : And far beneath, where slow they creep From pool to eddy, dark and deep, Where alders moist and willows weep, You hear her streams repine. The towers in different ages rose ; Their various architecture shows The builders' various hands ; A mighty mass,-that could oppose, When deadliest hatred fired its foes, The vengeful Douglas bands.
Page 381 - Sir, he was a scoundrel, and a coward : a scoundrel for charging a blunderbuss against religion and morality ; a coward, because he had not resolution to fire it off himself, but left half a crown to a beggarly Scotchman to draw the trigger after his death...
Page 313 - By the Eternal and Almighty God, who liveth and reigneth for ever, I become your liege-man, and truth and faith shall bear unto you, and live and die with you, against all manner of folk whatever, in your service, according to the National Covenant and Solemn League and Covenant.
Page 451 - John Napier should do his utmost diligence to search and seek out, and by all craft and ingine to find out the same, and by the grace of God shall either find out the same, or make it sure that no such thing has been there.
Page 118 - ... thus entered, and declared to him the cause of his coming, inviting him to attend him and witness his conduct. The wardens of either realm, or those duly authorized by them, were entitled to pursue fugitives or offenders into the precincts of the neighbouring realm, by what was called the hot-trod. This pursuit was maintained with a lighted piece of turf carried on a spear, with hue and cry, bugle-horn, and blood-hound, that all might be aware of the purpose of the party.
Page 434 - it was better to hear the lark sing than the mouse cheep," was adopted by every Border chief. For these combined reasons the residence of the chieftain was commonly a large...
Page 288 - Lea, knight, saved me out of the flames, and brought me into England. In gratitude to him for his kindness, I, who hitherto served only at the baptism of the children of kings, do now most willingly offer the same service, even to the meanest of the English nation. Lea the Conqueror hath so commanded. Adieu. AD 1543, in the 36th year of King Henry VIII.
Page 303 - II., held his that the stone whereupon the Kings of Scotland used to sit at the time of their coronation, and which was then in the keeping of that abbot and convent, should be sent to Scotland, and that he had ordered the Sheriffs of London to receive the same from them by indenture, and cause it to be carried to the Queen Mother...
Page 258 - I recollect once," said Dugald Stewart, speaking of Burns, "he told me, when I was admiring a distant prospect in one of our morning walks, that the sight of so many smoking cottages gave a pleasure to his mind which none could understand, who had not witnessed, like himself, the happiness and worth which they contained.
Page 340 - At the beginning of each session they were delivered to the earl mareshal or his deputy, in whose custody they remained while Parliament continued sitting, and were then again formally restored to the charge of the treasurer. The reader will find in the Appendix, No. VI., a few extracts from the records, describing the manner of this transference. At the period of the Union, every reader must remember the strong agitation which pervaded the minds of the Scottish nation, who could not, for many years,...

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