The Scottish Churches and the Gipsies

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J. Miller, 1881 - 61 pages
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Page 57 - For magnificence, for pathos, for vehement exhortation, for subtle disquisition, for every purpose of the poet, the orator, and the divine, this homely dialect, the dialect of plain working-men, was perfectly sufficient. There is no book in our literature on which we would so readily stake the fame of the old unpolluted English language — no book which shows so well how rich that language is in its own proper wealth, and how little it has been improved by all that it has borrowed.
Page 36 - What is his calling? said Judge Hale. Answer. Then some of the company that stood by said, A tinker, my lord. Worn. Yes, said she, and because he is a tinker, and a poor man, therefore he is despised, and cannot have justice.
Page 52 - For my descent then, it was, as is well known by many, of a low and inconsiderable generation; my father's house being of that rank that is meanest and most despised of all the families in the land.
Page 1 - Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds; and have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him: where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcision nor uncircumcision, Barbarian, Scythian, bond nor free: but Christ is all, and in all.
Page 50 - As for his person, he was tall of stature, strong-boned, though not corpulent, somewhat of a ruddy face, with sparkling eyes, wearing his hair on his upper lip, after the old British fashion ; his hair reddish, but, in his latter days, time had sprinkled it with grey; his nose well set, but not declining or bending, and his mouth moderately large ;' his forehead something high; and his habit always plain and modest.
Page 52 - This is the account given of himself and his origin by a man whose writings have for two centuries affected the spiritual opinions of the English race in every part of the world more powerfully than any book or books, except the Bible.
Page 46 - chosen of the Eternal," one of the " Lord's aristocracy ;" expressions of amazing import, in his worldly mind, that will lead him to almost die for \\isfaith ; while his religion is of a very low natural order, " standing only in meats and drinks, and divers washings, and carnal ordinances," suitable for a people in a state of pupilage. The Jewish mind, in the matter of religion, is, in some respects, preeminently gross and material in its nature ; its idea of a Messiah rising no higher than a conqueror...
Page 48 - The two gentlemen mentioned seem to know very little, if anything, of the subject, and should have exhausted every source of information, and looked at every side of the question, before so dogmatically asserting that they " do away with the supposition of those who think that John Bunyan may have had Gipsy blood in his veins...
Page 36 - I have four small children, that cannot help themselves, of which one is blind, and have nothing to live upon, but the charity of good people.
Page 50 - At this time it was death by law for being a Gipsy, and " felony without benefit of clergy" for associating with them, and odious to the rest of the population. Besides telling us that his descent was " well known to many," he added :— "Another thought came into my mind, and that was, whether we [his family and relations] were of the Israelites or no ; for finding in the Scriptures that they were once the peculiar people of God, thought I, if I were one of this race [how significant is the expression...

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