Old Mortality

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T. Y. Crowell & Company, 1905 - Bothwell Bridge, Battle of, Scotland, 1679 - 445 pages
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User Review  - mbmackay - LibraryThing

A very early (1816) historical novel set in Scotland in 1679 during the religious wars against the last Stuart kings. Scott is recognised as having created the genre of historical novels in the ... Read full review

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User Review  - hermannstone - LibraryThing

better than any other Scott novel I know of, except perhaps _Ivanhoe_. I am always amazed at how dextrously Scott gives his characters, and especially his heroes, lines which fit so exactly the ... Read full review

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Page 213 - And I will feed them that oppress thee with their own flesh; And they shall be drunken with their own blood, as with sweet wine: And all flesh shall know that I the Lord am thy Saviour And thy Redeemer, the mighty One of Jacob.
Page 353 - Is not the whole land before thee? separate thyself, I pray thee, from me : if thou wilt take the left hand, then I will go to the right ; or if thou depart to the right hand, then I will go to the left.
Page 180 - SAVE me, O God ; for the waters are come in unto my soul. I sink in deep mire, where there is no standing: I am come into deep waters, where the floods overflow me.
Page 213 - But thus saith the LORD, Even the captives of the mighty shall be taken away, and the prey of the terrible shall be delivered: for I will contend with him that contendeth with thee, and I will save thy children.
Page 72 - Therefore at that time, when all the people heard the sound of the cornet, flute, harp, sackbut, psaltery, and all kinds of music...
Page 256 - And I will bring a sword upon you, that shall avenge the quarrel of my covenant: and when ye are gathered together within your cities, I will send the pestilence among you; and ye shall be delivered into the hand of the enemy.
Page 376 - ... other ; and why hesitate to shorten the span of others, or take over-anxious care to prolong our own ? It is all a lottery. When the hour of midnight came, you were to die : it has struck ; you are alive and safe, and the lot has fallen on those fellows who were to murder you.
Page 190 - Stuart, whom you call king, even as he renounced the Covenant, after having once and again sworn to prosecute to the utmost of his power all the ends thereof, really, constantly, and sincerely, all the days of his life, having no enemies but the enemies of the Covenant, and no friends but its friends. "Whereas, far...
Page 101 - I AM a son of Mars, Who have been in many wars, And show my cuts and scars Wherever I come ; This here was for a wench, And that other in a trench, When welcoming the French At the sound of the drum. Lai de daudle, &c.
Page 184 - Those that were stout of heart are spoil'd, They slept their sleep outright ; And none of those their hands did find, That were the men of might.

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