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A RECORD OF BLOOD
excel in strength, ye ministers of His that do His
pleasure. Bless the Lord, O my soul ! ' *
After having ascended the gallows ladder he again
broke forth in the following words of touching
eloquence : ' And now I leave off to speak any
more to creatures, and begin my intercourse with
God, which shall never be broken off. Farewell
father and mother, friends and relations ! Farewell
the world and all delights ! Farewell meat and
drink ! Farewell sun, moon, and stars ! — Welcome
God and Father ! Welcome sweet Jesus Christ, the
Mediator of the new covenant ! Welcome blessed
Spirit of grace and God of all consolation! Wel-
come glory ! Welcome eternal life ! Welcome
Death!' 2
At Glasgow too, where some were executed, they
caused the soldiers to beat the drums and blow the
trumpets on their closing ears. Hideous refinement
of revenge ! Even the last words which drop from
the lips of a dying man — words surely the most
sincere and the most unbiassed which mortal mouth
can utter — even these were looked upon as poisoned
and as poisonous. ' Drown their last accents,' was
the cry, 'lest they should lead the crowd to take
their part, or at the least to mourn their doom ! ' 3
But, after all, perhaps it was more merciful than
one would think — unintentionally so, of course;
perhaps the storm of harsh and fiercely jubilant
noises, the clanging of trumpets, the rattling of
1 Naphtali, p. 205 ; Glasgow, 1721. 2 Wodrow, p. 59.
3 Kirkton, p. 246.
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Volume 21, 1896 - Miscellanies, Volume IV
DescriptionContents: The Pentland rising; Sketches: The satirist; Nuits blanches; The wreath of immortelles; Nurses; A character; College papers: Edinburgh students in 1824; The modern student considered generally; Debating societies; The philosophy of umbrellas; The philosophy of nomenclature; Notes and essays, chiefly of the road: A retrospect; Cockermouth and Keswick; Roads; Notes on the movements of young children; On the enjoyment of unpleasant places; An autumn effect; A winter's walk in Carrick and Galloway; Forest notes; A mountain town in France ; Criticisms: Lord Lytton's Fables in song; Salvini's Macbeth; Bagster's Pilgrim's progress; An appeal to the clergy of the Church of Scotland Essays and fragments written at Vailima: My first book: Treasure Island; The genesis of The master of Ballantrae; Random memories: "Rosa quo locorum"; Lay morals; Prayers written for family use at Vailima.
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Edinburgh edition, 1894-98 - Works of Robert Louis Stevenson
DescriptionEdinburgh edition. Edinburgh: Printed by T. and A. Constable for Longmans Green and Co, 1894-98. [28 volumes in total, only some of which NLS has digitised.]
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Early editions of Robert Louis Stevenson
DescriptionFull text versions of early editions of works by Robert Louis Stevenson. Includes 'Kidnapped', 'The Master of Ballantrae' and other well-known novels, as well as 'Prince Otto', 'Dynamiter' and 'St Ives'. Also early British and American book editions, serialisations of novels in newspapers and literary magazines, and essays by Stevenson.
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