The old clergyman had slipped on a stone in mid-stream, and, as he dragged a dripping leg up the opposite bank, he had sworn an oath worthy of the "godless young man" who had put him to flight, and on whose demerits he had descanted
with so much eloquence and indignation.
He laid open his affairs without the smallest reserve, and descanted
at some length upon the merits of his company, and the acquirements of his family; of both of which, the two broad-sword boys formed an honourable portion.
On his misdeeds they descanted
profusely, until the girl who had been typing the strong letter came out with it.
Stiggins; and the topics principally descanted
on, were the virtues of the shepherd, the worthiness of his flock, and the high crimes and misdemeanours of everybody beside--dissertations which the elder Mr.
One of the stars of the night was the soprano Yaroslava Kryloshanska, who stepped from the choir to become the soloist on two numbers and was especially thrilling when she descanted
on the 18th century song Bright Stars In The Sky.