A New, Improved, and Authentic Life of James Allan: The Celebrated Northumberland Piper, Detailing His Surprising Adventures in Various Parts of Europe, Asia, and Africa, Including a Complete Description of the Manners and Customs of the Gipsy Tribes

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Mackenzie and Dent, 1828 - 472 Seiten
 

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Seite 190 - M'Pherson's time will not be long, On yonder gallows tree. . Sae rantingly, sae wantonly, Sae dauntingly gaed he ; He play'da spring, and danc'd it round, Below the gallows tree. Oh, what is death but parting breath ?— On mony a bloody plain I've dar'd his face, and in this place I.
Seite 153 - About sunset, however, as I was preparing to pass the night in this manner, and had turned my horse loose that he might graze at liberty, a woman...
Seite 153 - ... me, and perceiving / that I was weary and dejected, inquired into my situation, which I briefly explained to her : whereupon, with looks of great compassion, she took up my saddle and bridle, and told me to follow her.
Seite 103 - O'ertop the lofty wood that skirts the wild. A vagabond and useless tribe there eat Their miserable meal. A kettle, slung Between two poles upon a stick transverse, Receives the morsel ; flesh obscene of dog, Or vermin, or, at best, of cock purloined From his accustomed perch.
Seite 36 - ... death in the Eden. It was an operation of some time, for Jean was a stout woman, and, struggling with her murderers, often got her head above water ; and, while she had voice left, continued to exclaim at such intervals,
Seite 34 - The lady herself, as well as the survivor of Faw's followers, contributed to perpetuate the remembrance of the transaction ; for if he wrote a song about it, she wrought it in tapestry ; and this piece of workmanship is still preserved at Culzean Castle. It remains to be mentioned, that the ford, by which the lady and her lover crossed the river Doon from a wood near Cassilis House, is still denominated the Gypsie steps...
Seite 307 - These people continuing about the country, and practising their cosening art, purchased themselves great credit among the country people, and got much by palmistry, and telling of fortunes ; insomuch, they pitifully cosened poor country girls, both of money, silver spoons, and the best of their apparelle, or any goods they could make.
Seite 154 - The air was sweet and plaintive, and the words, literally translated, were these. "The winds roared, and the rains fell. The poor white man, faint and weary, came and sat under our tree. He has no mother to bring him milk; no wife to grind his corn.
Seite 190 - Untie these bands from off my hands, And bring to me my sword ; And there's no a man in all Scotland, But I'll brave him at a word.
Seite 36 - Jean was present, and only said, "The Lord help the innocent in a day like this! " Her own death was accompanied with circumstances of brutal outrage, of which Jean was in many respects wholly undeserving.

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