The Three Perils of Man; or, War, Women, and Witchcraft, Vol. 1 (of 3)

James Hogg used to be a Scottish poet, novelist and essayist who wrote in either Scots and English. 

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God bless Brogg Paterson in Hawick! ” “Wherefore that? ” acknowledged the opposite. “Because,” acknowledged Turnbull, “he kend greater the place my middle lay than I did. ” Charlie laughed so heartily at this jocular story, that he didn't divulge Gibby Jordan of the Peatstacknowe to his affiliates at the moment; yet conserving at the back of with him he held him in dialog, notwithstanding he observed that his tooth have been watering to be close to the reasonable Delany. They got here that evening to a spot known as Trows, at the English part of the border, yet adjacent to the very ridge of the fells. The identify of the hind who sojourned there has been Jock Robson. He had an exceptional inventory either one of cows and sheep, being so completely a impartial guy that each side spared him, and each side relied on him. He gave a night’s grass to the pushed farm animals and sheep from either side, and a night’s accommodation to the drivers; and for this he exacted kane sheep, or a small cow, which none ever grudged him, simply because they discovered themselves rather a lot at domestic in his apartment. He may support both occasion in catching a prey, and both social gathering in improving it back, taking rewards from either; and, although either the English and the Scots knew of this, they by no means depended on him the fewer, for they knew that what he undertook he might fulfil, yet no farther; from your sight, from your pay and from your provider with Jock Robson. At this yeoman’s habitation our remarkable embassy arrived at a overdue hour, for, even though scarcely 5 o’ clock afternoon, it used to be pitch darkish. They known as on the door, and out got here Jock with a mild. the 1st guy that he beheld used to be the friar. ‘Saint Mary’s jerkin be approximately us! ’ cried Jock Robson, part in activity, part in earnest, ‘and shield us from our auld black minny’s delegates. What seeks fortunate Church amang the hills o’ Cheviot, wi’ her creeds an’ her croons, her trumpery, an’ her lang tythes o’ sheep an’ kye, wild deer, and weathershaker, barndoor an’ blackhag fowls? Nought for Minny Church an’ her motorbike the following, Sir Monk – naething o’ our ain breeding – a’ comers an’ gangers, like John Nisbet’s fats sheep. Howsomever, sincere bedesman, I speir ye the auld query, ‘Come ye as pal, or come ye as fae? For sic as ye carry, sic sal ye hae! ’ ‘As thy neighbors will we come, uncourteous hind,’ stated the monk; ‘and ask just a little of thy bread, and thy robust drink, for the refreshment of bodies, which are just like the grass at the tops of thy mountains, fading ere it's complete grown, and require as thou knowest a offer of earthly refreshment as those do the showers of heaven; and likewise we ask of thee beds whereon we could lie down and leisure: and these items thou must never refuse, for we'd no longer that thou shouldst be to us because the teenagers of Amalek and Moab, and people of Mount Seir. ’ ‘Ye converse like a rational guy, Sir Monk; yet wait until eventually I inform ye the reality, that I lurde see the move at the deal with of sword or spear ony time afore that placing on the paunch of priest. There’s mair honour an’ generosity ahint the tane than the tither. yet but it shall by no means be stated o’ John Robson o’ the Trows that he refused a pal quarters on a dismal evening.

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