Excerpt: ...farmer, whose life and that of his sons was a harsh struggle with poverty. The crops failed; the landlord pressed for his rent; for weeks at a time the family tasted no meat; yet this life of toil was lightened by love and homely pleasures. In the Cotter's Saturday Night Burns has drawn a beautiful picture of his parents' household, the rest that came at the week's end, and the family worship about the "wee bit ingle, blinkin' bonnily." Robert was handsome, wild, and witty. He was universally susceptible, and ...
Excerpt: ...farmer, whose life and that of his sons was a harsh struggle with poverty. The crops failed; the landlord pressed for his rent; for weeks at a time the family tasted no meat; yet this life of toil was lightened by love and homely pleasures. In the Cotter's Saturday Night Burns has drawn a beautiful picture of his parents' household, the rest that came at the week's end, and the family worship about the "wee bit ingle, blinkin' bonnily." Robert was handsome, wild, and witty. He was universally susceptible, and his first songs, like his last, were of "the lasses." His head had been stuffed, in boyhood, with "tales and songs concerning devils, ghosts, fairies, brownies, witches, warlocks, spunkies, kelpies, elf-candles, dead-lights," etc., told him by one Jenny Wilson, an old woman who lived in the family. His ear was full of ancient Scottish tunes, and as soon as he fell in love he began to make poetry as naturally as a bird sings. He composed his verses while following the plow or working in the stack-yard; or, at evening, balancing on two legs of his chair and watching the light of a peat fire play over the reeky walls of the cottage. Burns's love songs are in many keys, ranging from strains of the most pure and exalted passion, like Ae Fond Kiss and To Mary in Heaven, to such loose ditties as When Januar Winds, and Green Grow the Rashes O. Burns liked a glass almost as well as a lass, and at Mauchline, where he carried on a farm with his brother Gilbert, after their father's death, he began to seek a questionable relief from the pressure of daily toil and unkind fates, in the convivialities of the tavern. There, among the wits of the Mauchline Club, farmers' sons, shepherds from the uplands, and the smugglers who swarmed over the west coast, he would discuss politics and farming, recite his verses, and join in the singing and ranting, while Bousin o'er the nappy And gettin' fou and unco happy. To these experiences we...
Very Good + No DJ. 12mo = 7-9" 313pp. Chautauqua Century Press. Chautauqua Reading Circle Literature series. The Chautauqua Literary and Scientific Circle. With 29 portraits and selections from thirty authors. Blue cloth covers are soiled and bumped on top/bottom of spine and corners. Lower right corner of front cover has stain.
Good. Z789. Good, average condition for its age. Book has been read but remains straight, clean, and tight. No internal markings. Cover is worn, faded around the edges, some edgewear and bumping to corners. Bumping to head and heel of spine which is also faded and worn. Text is unmarked, with little soiling on pages. Page edges have some edgewear. Stored in sealed plastic protection. In the event of a problem we guarantee full refund. 1890. Z789.
Good. Good hardcover. No DJ. ORIGINAL 1894 EDITION. Re-bound by library with newer covers. Ex-Library with usual markings. Text is unmarked. Slightly tanned. Covers show minor shelf wear. Binding is tight, hinges strong.; 100% Satisfaction Guaranteed! Ships same or next business day!
Chautauqua-Century Press, 1898. Very good., Hardcover, Small octavo, 325. Not a reprint. Original green cloth with black decorations. 325 pages. Light cover wear. Former owner's name on flyleaf. B&w illustrations. With twenty-nine portraits and selections from thirty authors. Chautauqua Reading Circle Literature. Packed and shipped with care.
Photos. Good. Chautauqua Reading Circle Literature, w/29 Portraits and Selections from Thirty Authors. Printed by Flood and Vincent w/ Blue Cloth HC Binding w/black/gilt lettering. Raised Title on Cover, 302 Pgs + Index. Binding Firm w/library number on spine, light foxing to endpapers, Clean Title Pg. Covers have spine soil/spine edge wear, corner curl. Literature/Poetry Size: 8vo-over 7¾"-9¾" tall.
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