The Poetical Works of Sir Alexander Boswell, of Auchinleck, Baronet

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Ogle, 1871 - 230 pages
 

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Page 33 - I've done. And in your deeds I'll live again ! When on yon muir our gallant clan Frae boasting foes their banners tore, Wha show'd himself a better man, Or fiercer wav'd the red claymore?
Page 153 - I'm wae to see him here awa, He never wrang'd me ae plack; Gude send he wun clear awa ! (The Orators for the Pannel plead.) AIR — Deil tak the Wars. Bamboozle. Fye on the laws that hang a man for stealing, Sure such penal statutes, were savagely fram'd By legislators devoid of human feeling, Before divine religion mankind had tam'd. Gentlemen, 'tis yours, with vigour, To check the law's excessive rigour, * Yours is the power, to you the choice is given. A father — husband — bends ; On you his...
Page 33 - Yer ain ills aye ha'e heart to bear, Anither's aye ha'e heart to feel. So, ere I set, I'll see you shine, I'll see you triumph ere I fa' ; My parting breath shall boast you mine. Gude night, and joy be wi
Page 58 - The wisdom of a learned man cometh by opportunity of leisure; and he that hath little business shall become wise. — " How can he get wisdom that holdeth the plough, and that glorieth in the goad; that driveth oxen; and is occupied in their labours; and whose talk is of bullocks?
Page 154 - I'll boldly name, I've scratiniz'd it nearly. To trace the truth through all its track, No witch requires, or jugglers; The witnesses are all a pack Of drunkards and of smugglers. The counsel for the crown, with skill, Extorted facts most glaring; Black, when prim'd, by stoup and gill, You see, became most daring. That Black put Brown in mortal fear, The proof is clear — clarissima, And that he robb'd, tho' not quite clear, Presumptio est fortissima.
Page 33 - I gave him of our lordly fare, I gave him here a welcome hame. The auld will speak, the young maun hear ; Be...
Page xxxiii - I was thus enlisted and articled into the service, and being infected with the type fever, the fits have periodically returned. In the year 1815, having viewed a portable press invented by Mr John Ruthven, an ingenious printer in Edinburgh, I purchased one, and commenced compositor. At this period, my brother having it in contemplation to present...
Page 17 - Caroline first charm'd my sight, And fill'd my young heart with a fluttering delight. When I thought her my own, ah ! too short seem'd the day For a jaunt to Downpatrick, or a trip on the sea; To express what I felt then all language were vain, 'Twas in truth what the poets have studied to feign. But too...
Page lxvii - Ancient Superstition, printed from the original manuscript, is presented by Alexander Boswell of Auchinleck. " Besides the privately printed works, Sir Alexander Boswell edited the following works for sale: — Heir followest the Coppie of the ressoning which was betwix the Abbot of Crossraguel and John Knox in Mayboill, concerning the Masse, in the year of God a thousand, five hundred, thre scoir, and two years. Imprinted at Edinburgh by Robert Lekpreeuik. and are to [be] sold at his hous, at the...
Page 52 - Then the Assembly Close received the fair — Order and elegance presided there — Each gay Right Honourable had her place, To walk a minuet with becoming grace. No racing to the dance, with rival hurry — Such was thy sway, O famed Miss Nicky Murray...

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