The Sportsman



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第507页 - Truly, shepherd, in respect of itself, it is a good life; but in respect that it is a shepherd's life, it is naught. In respect that it is solitary, I like it very well ; but in respect that it is private, it is a very vile life. Now in respect it is in the fields, it pleaseth me well ; but in respect it is not in the court, it is tedious.
第334页 - He was bred to the law, which is, in my opinion, one of the first and noblest of human sciences ; a science which does more to quicken and invigorate the understanding than all the other kinds of learning put together ; but it is not apt, except in persons very happily born, to open and to liberalize the mind exactly in the same proportion.
第230页 - I fly from pomp, I fly from plate, I fly from Falsehood's specious grin ; Freedom I love, and form I hate, And choose my lodgings at an inn. Here, waiter! take my sordid ore, Which lackeys else might hope to win; It buys what courts have not in store, It buys me freedom at an inn.
第101页 - And the withe-woven pannier lies flung on the mead ; He looks to the lake through its fane of green trees, And sighs for the curl of the low summer breeze.
第90页 - WINTER. THE mill-wheel's frozen in the stream, The church is deck'd with holly, Misletoe hangs from the kitchen beam, To fright away melancholy; Icicles clink in the milkmaid's pail, Younkers skate on the pool below, Blackbirds perch on the garden rail, And hark, how the cold winds blow! There goes the squire to shoot at snipe, Here runs Dick to fetch a log; You'd swear his breath was the smoke of a pipe, In the frosty morning fog. — Hodge is breaking the ice for the kine, Old and young cough as...
第192页 - ... marks. Having seen them, he has got an idea where the birds are, and will, with the utmost caution, endeavour to catch sight of them. I will suppose him fortunate enough to do so, and that they are perfectly unconscious of his near approach. He must lower his head in the same cautious manner, and look for some refuge at a fair distance from the birds, through which he may fire the deadly sitting shot. After...
第464页 - The wolffis are right noisome to tame beastial in all parts of Scotland, except one part thereof, named Glenmorris, in which the tame beastial gets little damage of wild beastial, especially of tods (foxes); for each house nurses a young tod certain days, and mengis (mixes) the flesh thereof, after it be slain, with such meat as they give to their fowls or other small beasts, and so many as eat of this meat are preserved two months after from any damage of tods ; for tods will eat no flesh that gusts...
第192页 - ... of the shore for some distance ; then, taking out his glass, he must reconnoitre it by inches, noticing every tuft of grass or stone, to which wild-fowl asleep often bear so close a resemblance, that, except to a very quick eye, assisted by a glass, the difference is not perceptible. If the loch be well frequented, he will most likely first discover a flock of divers, but must not be in a hurry to pocket his glass, until he has thoroughly inspected the shore, in case some more desirable fowl...
第390页 - Fn>m an abbess disposed to turn author, we might more reasonably have expected a manual of meditations for the closet, or select rules for making salves, or distilling strong waters.
第256页 - ... Disliking our appearance however, and not relishing the smell of gunpowder, he soon abandoned the grove, and took up his position on the summit of an adjacent stony hill., the base of which being thickly clothed with thorn trees, we could only obtain a view of him from the distance of three hundred yards. Crouched on this fortified pinnacle, like the sculptured figure at the entrance of a nobleman's park, the enemy disdainfully surveyed us for several minutes, daring us to approach with an air...