Waverley Novels: Rob Roy

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Macmillan and Company, Limited, 1898
 

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Página li - For why ? — because the good old rule Sufficeth them, the simple plan, That they should take, who have the power, And they should keep who can.
Página lxxxiii - MacGregor was brave and intrepid, but, at the same time, somewhat whimsical and singular. When advancing to the charge with his company, he received five wounds, two of them from balls that pierced his body through and through. Stretched on the ground, with his head resting on his hand, he called out loudly to the Highlanders of his company, " My lads, I am not dead. By G—, I shall see if any of you does not do his duty.
Página 551 - His master's dead, and no one now Dwells in the hall of Ivor ; Men, dogs, and horses, all are dead ; He is the sole survivor.
Página li - 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," said Robin, " right is plain, And longest life is but a day, To have my ends, maintain my rights, I'll take the shortest way.
Página l - What need of books ? Burn all the statutes and their shelves ; They stir us up against our kind ; And worse, against ourselves. " We have a passion, make a law, Too false to guide us or control ! And for the law itself we fight 'In bitterness of soul. " And, puzzled, blinded thus, we lose Distinctions that are plain and few : These find I graven on my heart : That tells me what to do.
Página 507 - Highland drover, bankrupt, barefooted, — stripped of all, dishonored and hunted down, because the avarice of others grasped at more than that poor all could pay, shall burst on them in an awful change. They that scoffed at the grovelling worm, and trode upon him, may cry and howl when they see the stoop of the flying and fiery-mouthed dragon. — But why do I speak of all this ? " he said, sitting down again, and in a calmer tone — " Only ye may opine it frets my patience, Mr.
Página 448 - MacGregor commanded that the hostage exchanged for his safety should be brought into her presence. I believe her sons had kept this unfortunate wretch out of her sight, for fear of the consequences ; but if it was so, their humane precaution only postponed his fate. They dragged forward at her summons a wretch already half dead with terror, in whose agonized features I recognized, to my horror and astonishment, my old acquaintance Morris. He fell prostrate before the female Chief with an effort to...
Página 262 - 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...
Página 449 - 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 betrayed — while nameless and birthless villains tread on the neck of the brave and the long-descended...
Página 39 - The Scots are poor, cries surly English pride. True is the charge ; nor by themselves denied. Are they not, then, in strictest reason clear, Who wisely come to mend their fortunes here ? CHURCHILL.

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