Walks in Edinburgh

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W. Hunter, 1825 - Edinburgh (Scotland) - 276 pages

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Page 132 - I've seen around me fall, Like leaves in wintry weather; I feel like one, Who treads alone Some banquet-hall deserted, Whose lights are fled, Whose garlands dead, And all but he departed!
Page 178 - ... possibility of rescue. The tutor sat down upon the spot immediately after having concluded his butchery, as if in a stupor of despair and madness, and was only roused to his recollection by the touch of the hands that seized him. " It so happened that the magistrates of the city were assembled together in their council-room, waiting till it should be time for them to walk to church in procession (as is their custom), when the crowd drew near with their captive. The horror of the multitude was...
Page 275 - Peleponnesus are precisely those of the opposite coast of Fife. Nor is the resemblance less striking in the general characteristics of the scene ; for, although we cannot exclaim, " these are the groves of the Academy, and that the Sacred Way !" yet, as on the Attic shore, we certainly here behold, — " A country rich and gay, Broke into hills with balmy odours crowned, And joyous vales, Mountains and streams, — — — — — And clustering towns, and monuments of fame, And scenes of glorious...
Page 60 - ... still gets the credit of having dismasted an English vessel steering for the harbour of Stonehaven, at the distance of a mile and a half. These traditions, however agreeable to our national prejudices, and in harmony with the popular...
Page 190 - ... besides, which singularly illustrates the proverb, that Scotsmen are ever wise behind the hand. When the heritors had chosen the cheapest, or at least the ugliest plan which was laid before them, had seen it executed, and were at leisure to contemplate the ground cumbered with a great heavy oblong barn, with huge disproportioned windows, they repented of the enormity which they had sanctioned, and endeavoured to repair their error by building a steeple, in a style of ornamented and florid architecture...
Page 7 - London, could never be merely a city. Here there must always be present the idea of the comparative littleness of all human works. Here the proudest of palaces must be content to catch the shadows of mountains ; and the grandest of fortresses to appear like the dwellings of pigmies, perched on the very bulwarks of creation.
Page 255 - Jones ; but there is a tradition, that it was considerably altered to suit the peculiar taste of the Rev. Dr Walter Balcanqual, who appears to have been the most active of the executors under Heriot's last will, and to whose wisdom he intrusted the care of drawing up articles, or statutes, for the regulation. of the Hospital. The building consists of a quadrangle, with large square towers at each angle. The north front has a central tower higher than the rest, under which an archway leads to the...
Page 58 - In the accounts of the high treasurer during the reign of James IV. the following entries are to be found, relative chiefly to her transportation from Edinburgh Castle to the Abbey of Holyrood, apparently on some occasion of national festivity. " Item, to the pyonouris to gang to the castell to help with MKIIS doun x s.
Page 275 - It is, indeed, most remarkable and astonishing, that two cities, placed at such a distance from each other, and so different in every political and artificial circumstance, should naturally be so alike. Were the National Monument to be erected upon the site of the present Barracks in the Castle, an important additional feature of resemblance would be conferred upon the landscape ; that being the corresponding position of the Parthenon in the Acropolis.

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