Rhymes and Recollections of a Hand-loom Weaver

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A. Gardner, 1880 - 102 páginas
 

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Página xcvi - tis He alone Decidedly can try us, He knows each chord its various tone, Each spring its various bias : Then at the balance let's be mute, We never can adjust it; What's done we partly may compute, But know not what's resisted.
Página lxxiv - No farther seek his merits to disclose, Or draw his frailties from their dread abode (There they alike in trembling hope repose), The bosom of his Father and his God.
Página 35 - When Dee and Don shall run in one, And Tweed shall run in Tay, The bonnie water o' Urie Shall bear the Bass away.
Página viii - Nearer and dearer to hearts like ours was the Ettrick Shepherd, then in his full tide of song and story ; but nearer and dearer still than he, or any living songster, was our ill-fated fellow-craftsman Tannahill. Poor weaver chiel ! what we owe to you ! — your " Braes of Balquidder," and " Ton Burnside," and " Gloomy Winter," and the " Minstrel's " wailing ditty, and the noble
Página viii - Song Spirits, as they walked in melody from loom to loom, ministering to the low-hearted ; and when the breast was filled with everything but hope and happiness...
Página lxxxvii - Syne, first of a', in her blythesome breast, He built a bower, I ween ; An' what did the waefu' devilick neist ? But kindled a gleam like the rosy east, That sparkled frae baith her een. An...
Página lxxxv - I come from haunts of coot and hern, I make a sudden sally, And sparkle out among the fern, To bicker down a valley. By thirty hills I hurry down, Or slip between the ridges, By twenty thorps, a little town, And half a hundred bridges.
Página 15 - There is a bed cover hung before the window, to keep all within as much like night as possible; and the mother sits beside the beds of her children, to lull them back to sleep whenever any shows an inclination to awake. For this there is a cause, for our weekly five shillings have not come as expected, and the only food in the house consists of a handful of oatmeal saved from the supper of last night. Our fuel is also exhausted. My wife and I were conversing in sunken whispers about making an attempt...
Página xciii - I mourned with thousands, but as one More deeply grieved, for He was gone Whose light I hailed when first it shone, And showed my youth How Verse may build a princely throne On humble truth.
Página 16 - Jean was sorely exhausted, bearing an infant constantly at her breast, and often carrying the youngest boy also, who had fairly broken down in the course of the day. It was nine o'clock when we approached the large and comfortable-looking steading of Balguay, standing about a quarter of a mile off the road. Leaving my poor flock on the wayside, I pushed down...

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