Scenes and Legends of the North of Scotland: Or, The Traditional History of Cromarty

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A. and C. Black, 1835 - 429 pages
 

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Page 230 - I dreamed, and behold, I saw a man clothed with rags, standing in a certain place, with his face from his own house, a book in his hand, and a great burden upon his back. I looked, and saw him open the book and read therein, and as he read, he wept and trembled, and not being able longer to contain, he brake out with a lamentable cry, saying, "What shall I do?
Page 232 - The gift of the Spirit, to convince the world of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment to quicken and give spiritual life to sinners, and to sanctify believers, is a permanent gift to the Church.
Page 367 - Oh ! many are the Poets that are sown By Nature ; men endowed with highest gifts, The vision and the faculty divine ; Yet wanting the accomplishment of verse...
Page 58 - ... of life, shall again connect our souls to the matter existing around us, and be obedient to every impulse of the will. It is surely no time, when we walk amid the dark cemeteries of a departed world, and see the cold blank shadows of the tombs falling drearily athwart the way, it is surely no time to extinguish the light given us to shine so fully and so cheerfully on our own proper path, merely because its beams do not enlighten the recesses that yawn around us. And...
Page 346 - Revenge," the sons of Gallia said, " Revenge your native land ; Already your insulting foes Crowd the Batavian strand." ' How shall the sons of freedom e'er For foreign conquest fight ! How wield anew the luckless sword That failed...
Page 294 - The story of the little fellow, though simple, was very affecting. His mother, a poor widow, had lived, for the five preceding years, in the vicinity of Inverness, supporting herself and her boy by her skill as a sempstress. As early as his...
Page 261 - Many got neither coffin nor winding-sheet. I was one of four who carried the corpse of a young woman a mile of way, and when we came to the grave, an honest poor man came and said : " You must go and help to bury my son ; he has lain dead these two days; otherwise, I shall be obliged to bury him in my own yard.
Page 32 - Man in the savage state is the same animal everywhere, and his constructive powers, whether employed in the formation of a legendary story or of a battle-axe, seem to expatiate almost everywhere in the same rugged track of invention. For even the traditions of this first stage may be identified, like his weapons of war, all the world over.
Page 299 - ... desperate enterprise, from which he never returned ; and the boatman himself, when on the eve of retiring on a small pension from his long service in the custom-house, was dismissed without a shilling, on the charge of having connived at the escape of a smuggler. He was slightly acquainted with one of the inferior clerks in the Edinburgh custom-house, and in the slender hope that this person might use his influence in his behalf, and that that influence might prove powerful enough to get him...

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