Reminiscences: Moral Poems and Translations. With an Appendix ...

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Gerrish & Tyler, 1824 - 275 pages
 

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Page 252 - It is the practice of the young men of Dumfries to meet in the streets during the hours of remission from labour, and by these means I had an opportunity of witnessing the general solicitude of all ranks and of all ages. His differences with them on...
Page 253 - I went to see him laid out for the grave," says Mr. Allan Cunningham ; " several elder people were with me. He lay in a plain unadorned coffin, with a linen sheet drawn over his face ; and on the bed, and around the body, herbs and flowers were thickly strewn, according to the usage of the country. He was wasted somewhat by long illness ; but death had not increased the swarthy hue of his -face, which was uncommonly dark and deeply marked — his broad and open brow was pale and serene, and around...
Page 251 - Dumfries was like a besieged place. It was known he was dying, and the anxiety, not of the rich and the learned only, but of the mechanics and peasants, exceeded all belief. Wherever two or three people stood together, their talk was of Burns and of him alone ; they spoke of his history — of his person — of his works, — of his family — of his fame, and of his untimely and approaching fate, with a warmth and an enthusiasm which will ever endear Dumfries to my remembrance.
Page 252 - His good humour was unruffled, and his wit never forsook him. He looked to one of his fellow volunteers with a smile, as he stood by the bedside with his eyes wet, and said, ' John, don't let the awkward squad fire over me.
Page 248 - WHERE are ye with whom in life I started, Dear companions of my golden days ? Ye are dead, estranged from me, or parted, — Flown, like morning clouds, a thousand ways. Where art thou, in youth my friend and brother, Yea, in soul my friend and brother still ? Heaven received thee, and on earth none other Can the void in my lorn bosom fill. Where is she, whose looks were love and gladness...
Page 248 - ... from me, or parted, — Flown, like morning clouds, a thousand ways. Where art thou, in youth my friend and brother, Yea, in soul my friend and brother still ? Heaven received thee, and on earth none other Can the void in my lorn bosom fill. Where is she, whose looks were love and gladness ? — Love and gladness I no longer see ! She is gone ; and, since that hour of sadness, Nature seems her sepulchre to me. Where am I ? — life's current faintly flowing Brings the welcome warning of release...
Page 254 - It was an impressive and mournful sight to see men of all ranks and persuasions and opinions mingling as brothers, and stepping side by side down the streets of Dumfries, with the remains of him who had sang of their loves and joys and domestic endearments, with a truth and a tenderness which none perhaps have since equalled.
Page 165 - A REFLECTION AT SEA. SEE how, beneath the moonbeam's smile, Yon little billow heaves its breast, And foams and sparkles for a while, And murmuring then subsides to rest. Thus man, the sport of bliss and care, Rises on Time's eventful sea ; And, having swell'da moment there, Thus melts into eternity ! AN INVITATION TO SUPPER TO MRS.
Page 254 - ... and crushing, though the crowd was great — man followed man as patiently and orderly as if all had been a matter of mutual understanding — not a question was asked — not a whisper was heard. This was several days after his death. It is the custom of Scotland to 'wake...
Page 244 - Scioto on the north. The Muskingum is a gentle river, confined by banks so high as to prevent its overflowing. It is 250 yards wide at its confluence with the Ohio, and navigable by large batteaux and barges to the Three Legs ; and, by small ones, to the lake at its head. From thence, by a portage of about one mile, a communication is opened to Lake Erie, through the Cayahoga, which is a stream of great utility...

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