Extraordinary Men

Extraordinary Men

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1853 edition. Excerpt: ...a " Geographical Grammar," "a Treatise on Physico-Theology," and another on the same subject, with a different title, "The Wonders of God in the Works of Creation." From other sources, Burns obtained at different periods, "The Spectator," "Pope's Works," a few of Shakspere's plays, some odd volumes of Richardson's and Smollett's novels, "Locke on the Human Understanding," "Hervey'sMeditations," "Allan Ramsay's Works," "a Collection of English Songs," a volume of "Model-Letters," and several books of "Dogmatic Theology," "Original Sin," &c. "Two other books," he himself says, "the first I ever read in private, were the 'Life of Hannibal, ' and the 'Life of Sir William Wallace, ' and they gave. me more pleasure than any two books I have read since." The first, which was lent him by Mr. Murdoch, fired his young blood with military ardour, --the other, "the rhymed life of Sir William Wallace," which he obtained of the blacksmith who shod his father's horses, --Nelly Fitzpatrick's father, --left an impression on his mind which greatly influenced his poet-life, and may be traced in some of its highest inspirations. In this history, there are some lines referring to a circumstance in the life of the heroic chieftain, in connexion with Leglen Wood, Ayrshire: --"Syne to the Leglen wood when it was late To make a silent and a sure retreat." "I chose," says the poet, "a fine summer Sunday, the only day my life allowed, and walked half a dozen miles, to pay my respects to the Leglen Wood, with as much enthusiasm as ever pilgrim did to Loretto, and as I explored every den and dell...show more

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  • Paperback | 84 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 168g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236820835
  • 9781236820839