Rob Roy, Volumes 1-2

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S.H. Parker, 1834 - Outlaws

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Page 212 - Looking tranquillity ! It strikes an awe And terror on my aching sight ; the tombs And monumental caves of death look cold, And shoot a chillness to my trembling heart. Give me thy hand, and let me hear thy voice; Nay, quickly speak to me, and let me hear Thy voice — my own affrights me with its echoes.
Page 43 - And while their rocky ramparts round they see, The rough abode of want and liberty, ( As lawless force from confidence will grow) Insult the plenty of- the vales below?
Page 127 - He prayed but for life — for life he would give all he had in the world; it was but life he asked — life if it were to be prolonged under tortures and privations ; he asked only breath, though it should be drawn in the damps of the lowest caverns of their hills. It is impossible to describe the scorn, the loathing, and contempt with which the wife of Macgregor regarded this wretched petitioner for the poor boon of existence.
Page 127 - I could have bid you live," she said, " had life been to you the same weary and wasting burden that it is to me — that it is to every noble and generous mind. But you — wretch ! you could creep through the world unaffected by its various disgraces, its ineffable miseries, its constantly accumulating masses of crime and sorrow, — you could live and enjoy yourself, while the noble-minded are...
Page 71 - We continued, however, to ride on without pause ; and even when night fell and overshadowed the desolate wilds which we traversed, we were, as I understood from Mr. Jarvie, still three miles and a bittock distant from the place where we were to spend the night. Baron of Bucklivie, May the foul fiend drive ye, And a...
Page 185 - I will spare you the attempt to describe what you would hardly comprehend without going to see it. But certainly this noble lake, boasting innumerable beautiful islands, of every varying form and outline which fancy can frame, its northern extremity narrowing until it is lost among dusky and retreating mountains, while, gradually widening as it extends to the southward, it spreads its base around the indentures and promontories of a fair and fertile land, affords one of the most surprising, beautiful,...
Page 24 - He tamed, who foolishly aspires ; While to the measure of his might Each fashions his desires. All kinds, and creatures, stand and fall By strength of prowess or of wit : 'Tis God's appointment who must sway, And who is to submit. Since, then, the rule of right is plain, And longest life is but a day ; To have my ends, maintain my rights, I'll take the shortest way.
Page 211 - Ah ! it's a brave kirk — nane o' yere whigmaleeries and curliewurlies and opensteek hems about it — a' solid, weel-jointed masonwark, that will stand as lang as the warld, keep hands and gunpowther aff it. It had amaist a douncome lang syne at the Reformation, when they pu'd doun the kirks of St. Andrews and Perth, and thereawa', to cleanse them o...
Page 211 - Guild that year — (and a gude mason he was himsell, made him the keener to keep up the auld bigging,) and the trades assembled, and offered downright battle to the commons, rather than their kirk should coup the crans, as others had done elsewhere. It wasna for hive o' Paperie — na, na ! — nane could ever say that o...
Page 152 - she added with a sigh, " how lately I have been subjected to control ; besides, I have not yet given my cousin the packet, and bid him farewell — for ever. Yes, Frank," she said, "for ever! There is a gulf between us — a gulf of absolute perdition ; where we go, you must not follow; what we do, you must not share in. Farewell; be happy!

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