A Biographical Dictionary of Eminent Scotsmen, Volume 5

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Robert Chambers
Blackie, 1853 - Scotland

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Page 402 - And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away, and there was found no place for them. And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God, and the books were opened ; and another book was opened, which is the book of life; and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.
Page 343 - And count the silent moments as they pass : The winged moments, whose unstaying speed No art can stop, or in their course arrest ; Whose flight shall shortly count me with.- the dead And lay me down in peace with them at rest Oft morning dreams presage approaching fate; And morning dreams, as poets tell, are true. Led by pale ghosts, I enter Death's dark gate, And bid the realms of light and life adieu.
Page 491 - A miracle is a violation of the laws of nature ; and as a firm and unalterable experience has established j these laws, the proof against a miracle, from the very nature of the fact, is as entire as any argument from experience can possibly be imagined.
Page 334 - Though a mere private Briton, I triumphed here, in my own mind, over kings and their armies ! and every comparison was leading nearer and nearer to presumption, when the place itself where I stood, the object of my vainglory, suggested what depressed my short-lived triumph.
Page 449 - The enticements of pleasure too often unman our virtuous resolution, even while we wear the air of rejecting them with a stern brow. We resist, and resist, and resist ; but, at last, suddenly turn, and passionately embrace the enchantress. The bucks of Edinburgh accomplished, in regard to Burns, that in which the boors of Ayrshire had failed. After residing some months in Edinburgh, he began to estrange himself, not altogether, but in some measure, from graver friends. Too many of his hours were...
Page 389 - is my finger upon them ?" and being told it was, he said, " Now God be with you my children ; I have breakfasted with you, and shall sup with my Lord Jesus Christ this night...
Page 5 - ... profit, for the space of a whole fortnight, or two weeks together, marched daily along the streets of Mantua, without any opposition or controulment, like another Romulus or Marcellus, in triumph...
Page 482 - That shortly they would envy him, who was got before them," — and added, " Remember that I tell you, my skill fails me, if you who are ministers will not either suffer much or sin much ; for though you go along with these men in part, if you do not in all things, you are but where you were, and so must suffer ; and if you go not at all with them you must but suffer.
Page 402 - The cloud-capt towers, the gorgeous palaces, The solemn temples, the great globe itself; * Yea, all which it inherit, shall dissolve, And, like the baseless fabric of a vision, Leave not a wreck behind.

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