Head-Pieces and Tail-Pieces. By a travelling artist. [Leitch Ritchie.]

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Página 2 - Like twilight's, too, her dusky hair; But all things else about her drawn From May-time and the cheerful dawn; A dancing shape, an image gay, To haunt, to startle, and waylay.
Página 169 - And sic a night he taks the road in As ne'er poor sinner was abroad in. The wind blew as 'twad blawn its last; The rattling...
Página 183 - Is it not strange, sir, the thoughts that sometimes come into the brain of man — sleeping or waking, like a breath of wind that blows across his bosom, coming he knows not whence, and going he knows not whither — and yet unlike the wind, that ruffles not the skin it touches, they leave behind them an impression and a feeling, and are as things real and authentic, and may become the springs of human action, and mingle in the thread of human destiny?
Página 2 - Bright things which gleam unreck'd of, and in vain. Keep, keep thy riches, melancholy sea ! We ask not such from thee. Yet more, the depths have more !—what wealth untold Far down, and shining...
Página 87 - These singularities of disposition were ascribed by their comrades to different causes ; some attributed it to blighted love, others to the conflict of religious zeal with patriotic enthusiasm. By degrees as they pursued the dangers of war their confidence appeared to forsake them, their ardour became different from that instinctive impulse which prompts on young and fearless hearts to court danger for the very honour of opposing it ; mistrust and suspicion usurped the place of fraternal affection...
Página 184 - I'm thinking ; and when his regiment was disbanded, he came to live here on his half-pay, and whatever little else he might have. Jeanie Stuart, at the time, was staying with an uncle, one of our folk, her parents having been taken away from her; and made up for her board as far as she could, by going, in the summer season, to sew in the families that came out then like clocks from the holes and corners of the great towns, to wash themselves in the caller sea. So gentle she was, and so calm in her...
Página 96 - ... friends, and with the instinct which carries the dove, through unknown paths, to her distant home, had reached the valley in which the years of his boyhood were spent. But home he did return. The light fell softly on the house he had come to seek — its well-known gardens, the trees, the walks — all things appeared unchanged. The Guerilla approached with a rapid step, but turned suddenly short before he had gained the door. "I will not scare her...
Página 107 - Indian argosie arrived, and for a while drove all thoughts of his daughter's marriage out of the Baillie's head. Even Watt Lee was so completely engrossed by the multiplicity of business which this event produced, that he saw very little of May till after the discharge of the vessel. At length the bustle was over, and things subsided into their usual state; the ship was laid up in the dock to undergo some repairs; the cargo was shipped off by coasters to other ports, or hoisted into the warehouse;...
Página 104 - ... to domestic purposes. It was distinguished from the rest of the houses in the street by its greater height, and by a huge beam, which projected from the highest window of the warehouse somewhat in the form of a gallows ; from this beam depended a thick rope, which, to the eye of an inlander, must have added to the sinister appearance of the machine; but in the iron clicks at the end, and the blocks at the upper part, a denizen of the coast might recognise that sort of tackle by which heavy goods...
Página 91 - ... engagement, was still seen sometimes by his side, but more frequently toiling after him in his furious career, vainly struggling to gain the place which the fierce and haughty glances of the other seemed to dare him to take. The signal for retreat had now sounded, and the Guerillas were suddenly beginning to separate, each taking a different route to their common rendezvous, thus melting away at once before the eyes of the baffled enemy, and eluding his grasp, just at the moment when fresh reinforcements...

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