Smail's Guide to Jedburgh and Vicinity, Tom 2

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Thomas Smail, 1880 - 69

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Strona 37 - I presented her with a proof print of my Nob, which she accepted with something more tender than gratitude. She told me many little stories which Miss had retailed concerning her and me, with prolonging pleasure — God bless her ! Was waited on by the magistrates, and presented with the freedom of the burgh.
Strona 59 - twere the cape of a long ridge of such, Save that there was no sea to lave its base, But a most living landscape, and the wave Of woods and cornfields, and the abodes of men Scattered at intervals, and wreathing smoke Arising from such rustic roofs ; — the hill Was crown'd with a peculiar diadem Of trees, in circular array, so fix'd, Not by the sport of nature, but of man...
Strona 51 - ... at Kelso and in the neighbourhood of Edinburgh. She used to say that in the new world into which she was come nothing had disappointed her so much as trees and woods; she complained that they were lifeless, silent, and, compared with the grandeur of the ever-changing ocean, even insipid. At first I was surprised, but the next moment I felt that the impression was natural. Mr. Scott said that she was a very sensible young woman, and had read much. She talked with endless rapture and feeling of...
Strona 65 - Lylliard lies under this stane, Little was her stature, but great was her fame ; Upon the English louns she laid mony thumps, And when her legs were cutted off, she fought upon her stumps.
Strona 58 - He remained, however, unshaken, and at length they reached the spot at which they had agreed to separate. A small ditch divided the moor from the road, and, in going over it, Park's horse stumbled, and nearly fell. " I am afraid, Mungo," said the Sheriff, " that is a bad omen." To which he answered, smiling, " Freits (omens) follow those who look to them.
Strona 67 - Yes," replied Burley, with stern and gloomy deliberation, " I am that John Balfour, who promised to lay thy head where thou should'st never lift it again ; and God do so to me, and more also, if I do not redeem my word.
Strona 16 - In the mid revels, the first ominous night Of their espousals, when the room shone bright With lighted tapers,— the King and the Queen leading The curious measures, Lords and Ladies treading The self-same strains ; the King looks back by chance, And spies a strange intruder fill the dance ; Namely, a mere anatomy, quite bare, His naked limbs both without flesh and hair (As we decipher death), who stalks about, Keeping true...
Strona 14 - I think I cannot be mistaken in translating these words — ditch and hedge ; and if so, you have by far the earliest instance of such a fence on record. I suppose the wood so enclosed may have been the bank of Ferniherst ; and the meadows, those fairy fields by the side of the Jed, which form one of the most beautiful and peculiarly Scotch scenes I have ever seen.
Strona 25 - Built in the old Colonial day, When men lived in a grander way, With ampler hospitality; A kind of old Hobgoblin Hall, Now somewhat fallen to decay, With weather-stains upon the wall, And stairways worn, and crazy doors, And creaking and uneven floors, And chimneys huge, and tiled and talL A region of repose it seems, A place of slumber and of dreams, Remote among the wooded hills!
Strona 16 - With lighted tapers, — the king and the queen leading The curious measures, lords and ladies treading The self-same strains, — the king looks back by chance; And spies a strange intruder fill the dance, Namely, a mere anatomy, quite bare, 'His naked limbs both without flesh and hair, (As we decipher Death,) who stalks about, Keeping true measure till the dance be out. The king with all the rest affrighted stand ; The...

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