Tytler's History of Scotland examined, a review [by P. Fraser].

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Page 238 - And he gave it for his opinion, that whoever could make two ears of corn, or two blades of grass, to grow upon a spot of ground where only one grew before, would deserve better of mankind, and do more essential service to his country, than the whole race of politicians put together.
Page 114 - The work is performed, first by railing at the stupidity, negligence, ignorance, and asinine tastelessness of the former editors, and shewing, from all that goes before and all that follows, the inelegance and absurdity of the old reading; then by proposing something, which to superficial readers would seem specious, but which the editor rejects with...
Page 185 - Madam, in God's presence I speak: I never delighted in the weeping of any of God's creatures; yea, I can scarcely well abide the tears of my own boys whom my own hand corrects, much less can I rejoice in your Majesty's weeping.
Page 241 - Scotch writers, who have adorned the present period, with a degree of sentiment and spirit, a command of phraseology, and a fertility of imagination, not to be found in any English poet since Chaucer and Lydgate...
Page 220 - Christ for ever. And now God is my witness, whom I have served with my spirit, in the Gospel of his...
Page 183 - At these words Mary stood for some time silent and amazed ; she was terrified by the violence with which they were uttered. She thought of her own youth and weakness, of the fierce zealots by whom she was surrounded ; her mind pictured to itself, in gloomy anticipation, the struggles which awaited her, and she burst into tears. On being comforted and soothed by...
Page 192 - Council as having been accessory to the crime, amounting in number to seventyone; and in Pitcairn's Criminal Trials, there will be found thirty more. This is the first error, though it is not the greatest. It concludes with informing us that " all these were at the death of Davy, and privy thereunto, and are now in displeasure with the Queen, and their houses taken and spoiled.
Page 41 - Scotland led in luwe and le, Away wes sons of ale and brede, Of wyne and wax, of gamyn and gle : Our gold wes changyd in-to lede, Cryst, borne in-to virgynyte, Succour Scotland and remede, That stad is in perplexyte.
Page 144 - ... cannot at the first moment command my feelings, or prevent the tears that will flow, yet my long adversity has taught me to hope for consolation for all my afflictions in a better life. Alas ! I am a prisoner, and God has bereft me of one of those persons whom I most loved ; what shall I say more ? He has bereft me at one blow of my father and my uncle. I shall now follow whenever he pleases with less regret.
Page 207 - M'Crie relates the feelings o? the Reformer. In his first edition he says, that " there is no reason to think that he was privy to the conspiracy that proved fatal to Rizzio ; but it is probable that he had expressed his satisfaction at an event, which contributed to the safety of religion, and of the commonwealth, if not also his approbation of the conduct of the conspirators.

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