The Brownie of Bodsbeck, and Other Tales, Volume 1
Next morning Davie Tait was early astir, and not having any thing better to do, he took his plaid and staff and set out towards Whithope-head, to see what was become of his five scores of ewes, the poor remains of a good stock. Davie went slowly up the brae towards Riskinhope-swire, for the events of last night were fresh in his mind, and he was conning a new prayer to suit some other great emergency; for Davie began to think that by fervent prayer very great things might be accomplished—that perhaps the floods might be restrained from coming down, and the storms of the air from descending; and that even the Piper Hill, or the Hermon Law, might be removed out of its place. This last, however, was rather a doubtful point to be attained, even by prayer through the best grounded faith, for, saving the places where they already stood, there was no room for them elsewhere in the country. He had, however, his eye fixed on a little green gair before him, where he was determined to try his influence with heaven once more; for his heart was lifted up, as he afterwards confessed, and he was hasting to that little gair to kneel down and ask a miracle, nothing doubting.
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Page 291 - ... to dwell, Or make I my bed in the shadows of hell, Can science expound, or humanity frame, That still thou art present, and all are the same ! Yes, present for ever ! Almighty ! Alone ! Great Spirit of nature, unbounded, unknown. What mind can embody thy presence divine ! I know not my own being, how can I thine ? Then humbly and low in the dust let me bend, And adore what on earth I can ne'er comprehend : The mountains may melt, and the elements flee, Yet an universe still be rejoicing in thee...
Page 54 - Hind let loose. The following is an extract from it, p. 107 : — " And in like manner we do hereby disclaim all unwarrantable practices committed by any few persons reputed to be of us, whereby the Lord hath been offended, his cause wronged, and we all made to endure the scourge of tongues ; for which things we have desired to make conscience of mourning before the Lord, both in public and private.
Page 217 - Nanny gave up her work, and listened in suspense. ' Then it is a' true that the fock says !' said she, with a long-drawn sigh. ' His presence be about us !' " ' How sensibly you spoke just now !• Where is your faith fled already ? I tell you there will one appear to you every night in my absence, precisely on the first crowing of the cock, about an hour after midnight, and you must give him every thing that he asks, else it may fare the worse with you? and all about the house.
Page 289 - THOU that dwell'st in the heavens high, Above yon stars, and within yon sky, Where the dazzling fields never needed light Of the sun by day, or the moon by night. 2 Though...
Page 172 - that pities the sufferings of a hapless stranger, I thank you. May God requite you ! but think of yourself, and apply for mercy where it is to be found, for you are in the hands of those whose boast it is to despise it." Walter at first thought this was strange, but he soon perceived the policy of it, and wondered at his friend's readiness at such an awful hour, when any acknowledgment of connexion would have been so fatal to himself. They kneeled all down, clasped their hands together, turned their...
Page 219 - So saying, she gave her hand a wild brandish in the air, darted it at her throat, and snapping the tie of her cap that she had always worn over her face, she snatched it off, and turning her cheek round to her young mistress, added, " Look there for your test, and if that is not enough, I will give you more!
Page 199 - ... threats or promises, but kept her eye steadfastly fixed on another part of the room. He bade her remember that he was not to be mocked, and in spite of her exertions, he lifted her up in his arms, and carried her across the room towards the bed. She uttered a loud scream, and in a moment the...