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" We were now treading that illustrious island, which was once the luminary of the Caledonian regions, whence savage clans and roving barbarians derived the benefits of knowledge, and the blessings of religion. To abstract the mind from all local emotion... "
Cyclopedia of Architecture: Historical, Descriptive, Typographical ... - Page 121
by Robert Stuart - 1854
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The Passion for Happiness: Samuel Johnson and David Hume

Adam Potkay - Philosophy - 2000 - 241 pages
...Johnson's journey comes in his visit to the moldering churches on lona, "that illustrious island, which was once the luminary of the Caledonian regions, whence...benefits of knowledge, and the blessings of religion" (148). (The monastery that St. Columba founded on lona in 563 provided the center from which missionaries...
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Literature of Travel and Exploration: G to P

Jennifer Speake - Travel writing - 2003 - 1479 pages
...church profaned and hastening to the ground." At Icolmkill, Johnson rises magnificently to the occasion: "Once the luminary of the Caledonian regions, whence...benefits of knowledge, and the blessings of religion . . . That man is little to be envied, whose patriotism would not gain force upon the plain of Marathon,...
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Samuel Johnson

Timothy Wilson-Smith - Biography & Autobiography - 2004 - 160 pages
...Johnson who found words appropriate to the place. We were now treading that illustrious island, which was once the luminary of the Caledonian regions, whence...benefits of knowledge and the blessings of religion . . . That man is little to be envied. . . . whose piety would not grow warmer among the ruins of lona.166...
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