The Edinburgh tales, conducted by mrs. Johnstone, 3. köide

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Page 176 - Labour was the first price, the original purchase-money that was paid for all things. It was not by gold or by silver, but by labour, that all the wealth of the world was originally purchased...
Page 76 - Of theirs, which yet remain ; Were footed in Queen Mary's days On many a grassy plain. But since of late Elizabeth And later James came in ; They never danced on any heath, As when the time hath bin.
Page 76 - Farewell rewards and fairies', Good housewives now may say, For now foul sluts in dairies Do fare as well as they; And though they sweep their hearths no less Than maids were wont to do, Yet who of late for cleanliness, Finds sixpence in her shoe? Lament, lament, old abbeys, The fairies lost command; They did but change priests...
Page 236 - O my soul, come not thou into their secret; unto their assembly, mine honour, be not thou united! For in their anger they slew a man, and in their self-will they digged down a wall. Cursed be their anger, for it was fierce, and their wrath, for it was cruel. I will divide them in Jacob and scatter them in Israel.
Page 177 - They are founded upon the most absurd of all suppositions, the supposition that every successive generation of men have not an equal right to the earth, and to all that it possesses ; but that the property of the present generation should be restrained and regulated according to the fancy of those who died perhaps five hundred years ago.
Page 177 - Secondly, taxes upon the necessaries of life have nearly the same effect upon the circumstances of the people as a poor soil and a bad climate. Provisions are thereby rendered dearer in the same manner as if it required extraordinary labour and expense to raise them.
Page 254 - For they fled from the swords, from the drawn sword, and from the bent bow, and from the grievousness of war.
Page 254 - And the residue of the number of archers, The mighty men of the children of Kedar, shall be diminished: For the Lord God of Israel hath spoken it.
Page 377 - And is the match really to take place ?" " Next Monday, your honour, God willing." " Pshaw ! nonsense ! the thing 's impossible ! you are all joking." "Time will prove, sir," rejoined Master Green, still more gravely; and, the geranium mould being now fairly collected, we parted. And on the next Monday the marriage did take place, sure enough, though not exactly in the way anticipated, George Green the younger proving to be the bridegroom, to the] surprise of bridemaid, parson, and clerk : whilst...
Page 376 - ... times, and had kept him light, vigorous, and active, as little bent or stiffened by age as the two boys who were delving out the earth under his direction. The only visible mark which age had set upon him — mark did I say ? a brand, a fire-brand — was in his nose, which was of the true Bardolphian size and colour, and a certain roll of the eye, which might perhaps, under any circumstances, have belonged to the man and his humour, but which much resembled that of a toper, when half-tipsy,...

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