The Life of Mansie Wauch, Tailor in Dalkeith

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J. & J. Harper, 1828 - Dalkeith (Midlothian) - 223 pages

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Page 113 - ... godliness hath promise of the life that now is," as well as of that which is to come.
Page 18 - ... when opportunity led him? or occasion required, digging and delving away at the bit kail-yard, till moon and stars were in the lift, and the dews of heaven that fell on his head, were like the oil that flowed from Aaron's beard, even to the skirts of his garment. But what will ye say there ? Some are born with a silver spoon in their mouths, and others with a parritch-stick. Of the latter was my faither ; for, with all his fechting, he never was.
Page 149 - WAUCH'S FIRST AND LAST PLAY. Mony a time and often had I heard of play-acting and of players making themselves kings and queens, and saying a great many wonderful things, but I. had never before an opportunity of making myself a witness to the truth of these hearsays. So Maister Glen, being as fu...
Page 166 - ... man; all the earnings of my industry being laid out on my stock in trade, and on the plenishing of our bit house. The darkness of the latter days came over my spirit like a vision before the prophet Isaiah ; and I could see nothing in the years to come but beggary and starvation ; myself a fallen-back old man, with an out-at-the-elbows coat, a greasy hat, and a bald...
Page 119 - I found myself not killed outright, I began to rise up. As I was rubbing my breek-knees, I saw one of the men going forward to lift up the fatal piece ; and my care for the safety of others overcame the sense of my own peril, — " Let alane— let alane ! " cried I to him, " and take care of yoursell for it has to gang off five times yet.
Page 152 - The rascal had the brass to say at ance, that he hadna seen word or wittens o' his daughter for a month, though mair than a hundred folk sitting in his company had seen him dauting her with his arm round her jimpy waist, not five minutes before. As a man, as a father, as an elder of our kirk, my corruption was raised, for I aye hated leeing, as a puir cowardly sin, and an inbreak on the ten commandments: and I fand my neebour, Mr.
Page 149 - Folks shouldna at a' times be ower scrupulous. After paying our money at the door, never, while I live and breathe, will I forget what we saw and heard that night ; it just looks to me, by all the world, when I think on't, like a fairy dream.
Page 55 - Verily, the remedy is worse than the disease. But what remead? It was to watch in the session-house, with loaded guns, night about, three at a time. I never liked to go into the kirkyard after darkening, let-a-be...
Page 21 - ... all in a body, to come and dine with him. Save us ! what a brushing of coats, such a switching of stoury trowsers, and bleaching of white cotton stockings, as took place before the catastrophe of the feast, never before happened since Jeddert was a burgh.
Page 37 - Alas, and ohon orie ! they lose the sweetest, 3ompletest, dearest, truest pleasure that this world has in store for its children. They know not the bliss to meet, that makes the embrace of separation bitter. They never dreamed the dreams that make awakening to the morning light unpleasant.

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