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ROSES AND HOLLY.



A HOPE has cioss'd me, in tlie course

Of this self-pleasing exercise, that ye

My zeal to his would liken, who, possess'd

Of some rare gems, or pictures finely wrought.

Unlocks his cabinet, and draws them forth.

One after one, soliciting regard

To this, and this.

IVordsivoii/i.



ROSES AND HOLLY



A GIFT-BOOK FOR ALL THE YEAR.



WITH ORIGINAL ILLUSTRATIONS

BY
COURLAY STF.ELL, R.S.A. SAMUEL BOUGH, A.R.S.A.

R. HER DM AN, R.S.A. JOHN iM'WHIRTER, A.R.S.A.

CLARK STA.VTO.V, A.R.S.A. JOHN LA WSON.

AND OTHER EMINENT ARTISTS.
ENGRAVED BY R. PATERSON.



EDINBURGH:
WILLIAM P. NIMMO.



1 HINTICD BV I^AI.LANTYNE AM) COMPANV
EDIMiUKGlI ANU LONDON



THE LIBRARY

•UNIVERSITY OF CAUFORNIA

SANTA BAfiBARA



PREFACE.



A X /"E have ventured to name this pictorial and literary treasury,
Roses and Holly. The rose — the queen of flowers^is
significant of summer, of beauty, and of love : the holly — the ever-
green of happiness — which cheers the heart through the gloom of
winter, and shadows round the Christmas hearth pleasant memo-
ries, and feelings of friendship, of comfort, and of gaiety. The
two ends of the year meet in these emblematic flowers ; and, with
a liberty which we hope will not be too closely questioned, we
have chosen them as the appellation of our Gift Book for all the
Year.

In preparing RoSES AND HOLLY, the idea of the editor has
been to depart in some measure from the beaten track of his pre-
decessors. Instead of the classified selections and special subjects
which are usually chosen for Gift Books, and to which all due
credit for excellence of taste and propriety of judgment is heartily
awarded, it seemed to him that a miscellaneous collection of art
and literary gems, grouped together " in most admired disorder,"
wovild form a volume of interest and value.

The main object kept in view in the preparation of RoSES AND
Holly has been to secure variety in the selection ; while literary



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merit, it need scarcely be added, has not been overlooked in the
articles chosen. In the volume will be found poetry for the
imaginative, and prose for the matter-of-fact ; matter serious and
didactic for the reflective : mirth for the merry : in the words of
the dramatist —

" There 's no want of meat, sir ;
Portly and curious viands are prepared,
To please all kinds of appetites."

The illustrations which adorn RoSES AND HOLLY have been
specially drawn and engraved for the volume ; and among them
will be found original examples of several of the most distin-
guished Scottish artists. The entire artistic and mechanical work
has been executed in the Northern Capital ; and the publisher
puts it forth with some degree of confidence, as a favourable
example of art and typography.



ILLUSTRATIONS,



ENGRAVED BY R. PATERSON.



SUBJECT.

Roses and Holly, .

Spring, ....

Giant and Dwarf, .

L'Allegro,

Annabel Lee, .

Vanity Fair,

Flowers, ....

The Sorrows of Werter,

Summer, ....

Our Little Republic,

John Bull,

Love, . ...

The Ram and its Shadow,

Scotland in 1798,

A Wild Night at Sea, .

The Antiquary at Market,

Seven Ages of Man,

Waiting for the Foe, .

The Brahmin and the Knaves,

Autumn, .



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Clark Stanton, A.R.S.A.,


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^o/ui M' Whirter, .


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Charles A. Doyle, .


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Clark Stanton, A.R.SA.,


15






John Lazuson,


23






John Lawson,


29






Clark Stanton, A.R.SA.


37






Charles A. Doyle, .


41






John M'Whirter, .


45






John Lawson,


49






Charles A. Doyle, .


54






R. Herdman, R.S.A.,


59






Gourlay S tee 11, R.S.A.,


65






Charles A. Doyle, .


69






Sam. Bough, A.R.S.A.,


71






George Hay, .


76






Clark Stanton, A.R.S.A.


81






John Lawson,


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Charles A. Doyle, ■


90






John M'Whirter, .


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JLLUS /'RATIONS.



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r»i£ TwA Sisters, ....


John Laivsoti,


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Morning






JohnM'Whirtcr, .


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Night, ...






John M'lVhirtcr, .


107


Thk Dkvil'.s Walk, .






Charles A. Doyle, .


III


Thk Captive,






John Laiusoji,


. 114


The Startled Stag,






Gourlay Stecll, R.S.A.,


117


Mrs Partington,






Cliarlcs A. Doyle, .


121


Literary Puffing, .






Charles A. Doyle, .


I 22


Winter, ....






John M'Whirter, .


127


The Children's Hour, .






John Lawson,


130


LONDON, ....






Charles A. Doyle, .


134


The Shepherd Boy's Song,






John Lawson,


141


The Most Terrifying Adventure ot






the Windmills,






Charles .1. Doyle, .


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CONTENTS.



Roses and Holly, ....

Spring,

A Cluster of Shakespearian Proverbs,

What is Wit,

Young Authors, ....
A Cluster of German Proverbs, .
A Cluster of Spanish Proverbs, ,
The Giant and the Dwarf, . ■ .
The Love of Country and of Home,
The Theory of Quarrelling,
The Nobility of Ambition, ,
The Heigh-* OF Honour,
A Good Word for Publishers,

L'Allegro,

The Island,

The Advantages of Travelling, .

Annabel Lee,

School-Boy Days, ....
The Best Things, ....
No Age Content, ....
A Modern Critic, ....
The Soiil's Errand.



Carew,

Ban'ow, .
Thackeray^



Goldsmith^

Motitgoinay,

Shakespeare,

Johnson,

Massinger,

Thackejny,

Milton, .

Hood,

Beaumont and

Poe,

Thackeray,

Tusser, .

Earl of Surrey.

Butter, .

/\ah'!gh, .



Fletcher,



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Glorv and Taxatiox,


Sydney Smith,


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Proverbs from Pope,




33


A Sailor, . . .


Sir Thomas Ovcrbui


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Bob.vdil's Mode of Warfare,


Den Jonson, .


35


Thoughts on Various Subjects,


Dean Swifi, .


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Flowers,


Ritskin, .


37


A Touch of Conscience,


Charles Lamb,


■ 38


A Milk and Water Epigram,




38


Couplets from Pope,




39


Sermons in Stones,


Ruskin, .


40


Love in Man and Woman,


TJiackcray,


40


The Sorrows of Werter,


Thackeray,


41


The Sea,


Fuller, .


42


A Cluster of Arabic Proverbs,




42


The War Horse,


Book of Job, .


43


The Book of Job,


Carlyle, .


43


Summer,




44


The Power of Little Things,


Smiles,


47


The World's Wealth, .


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47


A Professor of Puffing,


Sheridan,


48


The Sage's Wit,




. 48


Our Little Republic,


Goldsmith,


49


A Cluster of French Proverbs,


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Genevieve,


Coleridge,


51


A Cluster of Italian Proverbs,




SI


PRAVER,


Montgomery, .


52


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Dryden, .


53


John Rui.l, ....


Washington Irving,


54


A Contented Mind,


Earl of Surrey,


57


; A Ci r-iM.' ..!• TtRKisH Proverbs,.




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Coleridge,


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Heauiy,


Bacon,


64


I'HF Ram am» i i > Shadow,


Words7i>orth, .


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What is Poetry ?


Leii^h Himt, .


66


Scotland in i 798,


Sydney Smith.,


68


A Wild Night at Sea, ....


Dickens, .


70


Love's Young Dream,


Moore,


73


Apophthegms and Aphorisms,





74


The Antiquary at Market, .


Scott, . . . .


76


The Academy at Legado, . .


Swift, . . . .


79


Seven Ages of Man, ....


Shakespeare., .


80


Anger,


Jeremy Taylor,


83


The Holly Tree,


Southcy, .


84


Jehovah the Provider, ....


Wordsworth, .


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Waiting for the Foe,


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86


To A Mouse,


Burns,


88


Life,


Jones,


89


The Brahmin and the KxVaves, .


Macatday,


90


A Cluster of Scottish Proverbs,




91


Epigrams,




92


Autumn,


Thomson,


94


To-Morrow,


Collins, .


97


Shakespeare and his Writings, .


Johnson,


. 98


Contentment,


Walton, .


100


The Bible,


Scott,


100


The Twa Sisters : A Scottish Ballad




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Mr Pepys Quarrels with his Wife,


Pepys,


. 105


Morning,


Shakespeare, .


106


Night,


Yoiinj;^, .


. 107


Partial Justice, ....


Sydney Smith,


108


Taste and Feeling : An Epigram,




109


Song of Selma, ....


Ossian,


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The Devil's Walk, ....


Forson, .


III


Pride of Authorship,


Lessi7ig, .


113


The Captive,




114


Russian Watchman's Song, .




. 115



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Laconics,




115


The Startled Stag,


Scolt, .


116


Omnipresence of the Deity.


Pope, .


119


The Use of History.


Bolingbroke, .


120


Mrs Partington,


Sydney Smith,


121


Literary Puffing, .


Macaulay,


(22


Zara's Ear-Rings,


Lock/iart,


124


Eccentric Royal Promotions,


Disraeli,


125


Winter, .....


Bunts, .


126


A Walk Through Vanity Fair,


Haxuthorne, .


129


The Children's Hour, .


I^ongfellow, .


130


The Poor Relation,


Lamb,


132


A Cluster of Hebrew Proverrs,




^33


London,




134


A Cluster of English Proverbs,




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Country Hospitality, .


Swift,


. 136


Books,


ChanniJig,


137


Modern Speaking, .


Steele, .


. 138


The Stranger, ....


Barry Cornivail,


139


The Glove AND the Lions,


Leigh Hunt, .


140


The Shepherd Boy's Song,


Bnnyan,


141


The Most Terrifying Adventuk


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THE Windmills,


Don Quixote,


142


Poetry, ....


Macaulay,


146


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Of Roses sweet and Holly leaves so bright :

Of Summer's charm and Winter's pleasant flower ;
This page is compass'd in a floral bower.

Here, traced by cunning hand of art^'s high light,

The Seasons, wreathed in Love and Joy, unite.
Of Love, the god himself his presence lends,
And Joy, o'er all her fragrant sweetness blends,

To aid enjoyment and increase delight.

" Roses and Holly !" The year's antipodes !
The Summer's sunshine and tlie Winter's glow —

Spring's opening day, and Autumn's fruitfulness —
The cycle of the Seasons here below,

This wreath doth show. May it ne'er fail to prove

A heart's tribute to friendship and to love !



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