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SCOTLAND
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Give me but one hour of Scotland,
  Let me see it ere I die.
      - William Edmondstoune Aytoun,
        Lays of the Scottish Cavaliers--Charles Edward at Versailles
         (l. 111)

From scenes like these old Scotia's grandeur springs.
      - Robert Burns

O Scotia! my dear, my native soil!
  For whom my warmest wish to heaven is sent;
    Long may thy hardy sons of rustic toil
      Be blest with health, and peace, and sweet content.
      - Robert Burns, Cotter's Saturday Night
         (st. 20)

It's guid to be merry and wise,
  It's guid to be honest and true,
    It's guid to support Caledonia's cause,
      And bide by the buff and the blue!
      - Robert Burns,
        Here's a Health to Them that's Awa'

Hear, Land o' Cakes, and brither Scots,
  Frae Maidenkirk to Johnie Groat's;-
    If there's a hole in a' your coats,
      I rede you tent it:
        A chield's amang you takin notes,
          And, faith, he'll prent it.
      - Robert Burns,
        On Captain Grose's Peregrinations Thro' Scotland

And though, as you remember, in a fit
  Of wrath and rhyme, when juvenile and curly,
    I railed at Scots to show my wrath and wit,
      Which must be owned was sensitive and surly,
        Yet 'tis in vain such sallies to permit,
          They cannot quench young feelings fresh and early:
            I "scotched, not killed" the Scotchman in my blood,
              And love the land of "mountain and of flood."
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron)

Only a few industrious Scots perhaps, who indeed are dispersed over the face of the whole earth. But as for them, there are no greater friends to Englishmen and England, when they are out on't, in the world, than they are. And for my own part, I would a hundred thousand of them were there [Virginia] for we are all one countrymen now, ye know, and we should find ten times more comfort of them there than we do here.
      - George Chapman, Eastward Ho!
         (act III, sc. 2)

The Scots are poor, cries surly English pride;
  True is the charge, nor by themselves denied.
    Are they not then in strictest reason clear,
      Who wisely come to mend their fortunes here?
      - Charles Churchill, Prophecy of Famine
         (l. 195)

Had Cain been Scot, God would have changed his doom
  Nor forced him wander, but confine him home.
      - John Cleveland, The Rebel Scot

The noblest prospect which a Scotchman ever sees is the high-road that leads him to England.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature"),
        Boswell's Life of Johnson
         (vol. II, ch. V)

In all my travels I never met with any one Scotchman but what was a man of sense. I believe everybody of that country that has any, leaves it as fast as they can.
      - Francis Lockier, Scotchmen

Caledonia! stern and wild,
  Meet nurse for a poetic child!
    Land of brown heath and shaggy wood,
      Land of the mountain and the flood,
        Land of my sires! what mortal hand
          Can e'er untie the filial band,
            That knits me to thy rugged strand!
      - Sir Walter Scott

O Caledonia! stern and wild,
  Meet nurse for a poetic child!
    Land of brown heath and shaggy wood,
      Land of the mountain and the flood,
        Land of my sires! what mortal hand
          Can e'er untie the filial band,
            That knits me to thy rugged strand!
      - Sir Walter Scott,
        The Lay of the Last Minstrel
         (canto VI, st. 2)

Stands Scotland where it did?
      - William Shakespeare

That garret of the earth--that knuckle end of England--that land of Calvin, oatcakes and sulphur.
      - Sydney Smith

That knuckle-end of England--that land of Calvin, oat-cakes, and sulphur.
      - Sydney Smith, Lady Holland's Memoir
         (vol. II, p. 17)

It requires a surgical operation to get a joke well into a Scotch understanding.
      - Sydney Smith, Land Holland's Memoir
         (vol. I, p. 15)

Now the summer's in prime
  Wi' the flowers richly blooming,
    And the wild mountain thyme
      A' the moorlands perfuming.
        To own dear native scenes
          Let us journey together,
            Where glad innocence reigns
              'Mang the braes o' Balquhither.
      - Robert Tannahill, The Braes o' Balquhither

In short, he and the Scotch have no way of redeeming the credit of their understandings, but by avowing that they have been consummate villains. Stavano bene; per star meglio, stanno qui.
      - Horace (Horatio) Walpole, 4th Earl of Orford,
        To the Rev. William Mason


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