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Why some were ferried o'er, and some And Hesperus in the west with beamis refused ?

bright "Son of Anchises ! offspring of the gods! Upspringis, as forridar' of the night. (The Sibyl said) you see the Stygian floods! | Amid the haughs and every lusty vale, The sacred streams which heaven's im- | The recent dew beginnis down to skail, 2 perial state

To meys 3 the burning where the sun had Attests in oaths, and fears to violate.

shine, The ghosts rejected are the unhappy crew Whilk though was to the nether world Reprived of sepulchres and funeral due : decline. The boatman, Charon : those, the buried At every pilis 4 point and cornis crops host,

The techryss stood, as lemand berialódrops, He ferries over to the farther coast ; And on the hailsome herbis clean, but7 Nor dares his transport vessel cross the weeds,

Like crystal knoppis or small silver beads. With such whose bones are not composed | The light begouth to quynkill8 out and fail, in graves.

The day to darken, decline and devail ; A hundred years they wander on the The gummys, rises, down fallis the donk shore ;

ryme At length, their penance done, are wafted | Both here and there scuggis 10 and shadows o'er."

dim.

Uprose the bak it with her peeled leathern A JUNE EVENING,

flight;

The lark descendis from the skyis hight, Toward the even amid the summer's heat, Singand her complingla song, after her When in the Crab Apollo held his seat,

guise, During the joyous moneth time of June,

To take her rest at matin hour to rise. As gone near was the day, and supper done, Out oure the swyre swymaris the sops 13 of I walked forth about the fieldis tyte,

mist, Whilks though replenished stood full of The night forth spread her cloak with ht,

sable list, With herbis, cornis, cattle and fruit trees,

That all the beauty of the fructuous field Plenty of store, birdis and busy bees

Was with the earthis umbrage clean ourIn amerant meadis fleeand east and west,

heild ;14 After labour to take the nightis rest.

Both man and beast, firth, flood and And as I blinked on the liftme by,

woodis wild, All burnand red gan wax the evening Involved in the shadows werein sild. 15 sky :

Still were the fowlis fleeis in the air,
The sun enfired haile, 3 as to my sight,
Whirlèd about his ball with beamis bright,

"Precurser, forerider. 9 Mists. Declinand fast toward the north in deid ;

2 Scatter. And fiery Phlegon, his dim nightis steed

3 Mitigate.

11 The bat. Doukėd4 his head sae deep in floodis gray

4 Grass blade. That Phoebus rolls down under hell away; 5 Drops.

13 Over the valleys 6 Shining beryl.

floats the clouds. "Quickly. 3 All on fire. 7 Without.

14 Covered, concealed. 2 The sky. * Steeped. 8 Twinkle.

15 Surrounded.

10 Shades.

12 Evening.

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Quhilk causis bene, or quhat diversite, A sordid god : down from his hoary chin Sum fra the brayis thame withdraw I se ; A length of beard descends, uncombed, Ane uthir sott eik of thir saulis dede

unclean : Rollit ouer this ryver cullourit as the lede? His eyes, like hollow furnaces on fire ;

A girdle, foul with grease, binds his obThis ancient religious woman than,

scene attire. But mare delay, to ansure thus began. He spreads his canvas ; with his pole he Anchises get ! heynd childe, curtes and steers ; gude,

The freights of flitting ghosts in his thin Discend undoutable of the Goddis blude! bottom bears. The deip stank of Cocytus dois thou se, He looked in years; yet, in his years were And eik the hellis pule hate? Styx, quod sche,

A youthful vigour, and autumnal green. Be quhais mychtys the Goddis ar ful An airy crowd came rushing where he laith,

stood, And dredis sare to swere, syne fals thare Which filled the margin of the fatal flood : aith:

Husbands and wives, boys and unmarried Al thir thou seis stoppit at the schore,

maids, Bene helples folk unerdit and forlore :3 And mighty heroes' more majestic shades; Yone grislie feriare, to name Charon hate, | And youths, intombed before their father's Thay bene al beryt he caryis in his bate : eyes, It is not til him leful, he ne may

With hollow groans, and shrieks, and Thame ferry ouer thir rowtand fludis gray, feeble cries. Nor to the bidduous yonder coistis have, Thick as the leaves in autumn strew the Quhil thare banis be laid to rest in grave. woods, Quha ar unberyit ane hundredth yere Or fowls, by winter forced, forsake the mon bide

floods, Wavrand and wandrand by this bankis And wing their hasty flight to happier syde.

landsThan at the last to pas ouer in this bote Such, and so thick, the shivering army Thay bene. admitted, and coistes thaym stands, not ane grote.

And press for passage with extended

hands.

Now these, now those, the surly boat[The same, translated by DRYDEN.]

man bore :

The rest he drove to distance from the Hence to deep Acheron they take their

shore. way,

The hero, who beheld with wondering eyes, Whose troubled eddies, thick with ooze

The tumult mixed with shrieks, laments and clay,

and cries, Are whirled aloft, and in Cocytus lost :

Asked of his guide, what the rude conThere, Charon stands, whe rules the

course meant? dreary coast

Why to the shore the thronging people "Kind man, courteous 3 Unburied and for

bent? and gcod.

What forms of law among the ghosts * Named. 4 For hight, called.

saken.

were used ?

2

waves

Why some were ferried o'er, and some And Hesperus in the west with beamis refused ?

bright “Son of Anchises ! offspring of the gods! | Upspringis, as forridar' of the night. (The Sibyl said) you see the Stygian floods ! Amid the haughs and every lusty vale, The sacred streams which heaven's im- The recent dew beginnis down to skail, 2 perial state

To meys 3 the burning where the sun had Attests in oaths, and fears to violate.

shine, The ghosts rejected are the unhappy crew Whilk though was to the nether world Reprived of sepulchres and funeral due : decline. The boatman, Charon : those, the buried At every pilis 4 point and cornis crops host,

The techrys5 stood, as lemand berialódrops, He ferries over to the farther coast; And on the hailsome herbis clean, but? Nor dares his transport vessel cross the weeds,

Like crystal knoppis or small silver beads. With such whose bones are not composed | The light begouth to quynkill8 out and fail, in graves.

The day to darken, decline and devail ; A hundred years they wander on the The gummys! rises, down fallis the donk shore ;

ryme At length, their penance done, are wafted Both here and there scuggis 10 and shadows o'er."

dim.

Uprose the bak 1 with her peeled leathern A JUNE EVENING.

flight ;

The lark descendis from the skyis hight, Toward the even amid the summer's heat, Singand her compling2 song, after her When in the Crab Apollo held his seat,

guise, During the joyous moneth time of June,

To take her rest at matin hour to rise. As gone near was the day, and supper done, Out oure the swyre swymaris the sops 13 of I walked forth about the fieldis tyte,"

mist, Whilks though replenished stood full of The night forth spread her cloak with delight,

sable list, With herbis, cornis, cattle and fruit trees,

That all the beauty of the fructuous field Plenty of store, birdis and busy bees

Was with the earthis umbrage clean ourIn amerant meadis fleeand east and west,

heild ; 14 After labour to take the nightis rest.

Both man and beast, firth, flood and And as I blinked on the liftme by,

woodis wild, All burnand red gan wax the evening Involved in the shadows werein sild.rs sky :

Still were the fowlis fleeis in the air,
The sun enfired haile, 3 as to my sight,
Whirlèd about his ball with beamis bright,

· Precurser, forerider. 9 Mists. Declinand fast toward the north in deid ;

? Scatter.

10 Shades. And fiery Phlegon, his dim nightis steed

3 Mitigate.

11 The bat. Doukėda his head sae deep in floodis gray

4 Grass blade. That Phoebus rolls down under hell away;

5 Drops.

13 Over the valleys 6 Shining beryl.

floats the clouds. Quickly. 3 All on fire. 7 Without.

14 Covered, concealed. ? The sky.

Steeped.
8 Twinkle.

15 Surrounded.

12 Evening.

All store and cattle ceased in their lair, appearance is evidently suggested by
And everything, whereso them likis best, Henryson's Æsop,
Bounis to take the hailsome nightis rest,
After the dayis labour and the heat.

“Lyke to some poet of the auld fassoune," Close werein all and at their soft quiet,

informs Douglas that he is Maphæus But' steerage or removing, he or she,

Vegius, who added the thirteenth book Ouder," beast, bird, fish, fowl, by land or

to the Æneid, and demands that it be sea :

translated with the others. The poet And shortly, everything that does repair, In firth or field, flood, forest, earth or

excuses himself on the plea of having air,

already spent too much time on such Or in the scroggis, 3 or the bushes rank, work, to the neglect of more serious Lakes, morasses, or their poolis dank studies; yet Maphæus, not heeding this Astabillit liggis 4 still to sleep and restis ; excuse, adopts the undignified method Be the small birds sittand on their nestis, of obtaining the poet's consent by the The little midges, and the unrusum 5 flies,

application of Laborious emmets and the busy bees;

Twenty rowtis upon my rigging laid," Als weel the wild as the tame beastial, And every other thingis great and small,

with which he awakes, and promises to Out-takothe merry nightingale, Philomene, fulfil the additional task. It being now That on the thorn sat singand fro the morning, he describes it as follows :

spleen.7
Whose mirthful notis longing for to hear

A JUNE MORNING.
Until a garth 8 under a green lawrer 9
I walk anon and in a sege to down sat,

And blent about to the north-east weel

far, Now musand upon this, and now on that. I see the pole, and eke the Ursus bright, Saw gentle Jubar shinand, the day star, And horned Lucine castand but dim light, And Chiron, clepèd" the sign of Sagittary, Because the summer skyis shone sae clear;

That walkis the summer's night, to bed Golden Venus the mistress of the year, gan cary.

Yonder down dwines the evening sky away, And gentle Jove with her participate, Their beauteous beamis shed in blithe | And upspringis the bright dawning of day

Intill ane other place not far in sunder, That shortly, there as I was leaned down | That to behold was pleasance, and half

wonder: For nightis silence, and this birdis soun On sleep I slaid ; where soon I saw appear

Forth quenching gan the starris, one by Ane aged man, and said: what does thou one, here?

And now is left but Lucifer alone.

And futhermore to blazon this new day, This aged man, the manner of whose Who might discrive the birdis blissful bay??

Belive 3 on wing the busy lark upsprang I Without.

6 Except.

To salus the blithe morrow with her sang: ? Either.

7 The heart.

Soon oure the fieldis shinis the light clear, 3 Stunted shrubbery.

& A garden.

Welcome to pilgrim both and labourer :4 Enstabled lies.

9 Laurel

I Named. 5 Restless.

estate :

10 A seat.

2 Notes.

3 Presently.

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1490 (?)—1555. Considering that David Lindsay may possession of his grandfather, of the same be said to have been bred at court, it is name, in 1478. It was to his mansionvery much to his credit that he is the house here, that the poet, on his dismost popular of Scotland's ancient missal from court favour in 1524, repoets; and this for pandering to the tired ; and here he commenced his prejudices of no section of society, but literary career. This estate, now called for his strong common sense, manly Garelton, formed part of the barony of courage, and transparent honesty. These Byres, and with it passed into the possesare qualities that are never vulgar, nor sion of the Earl of Wemyss, in 1724, common, and prevent Lindsay from having previously (in 1586) passed out being characterized as such, although it of the possession of the Lindsays. may be admitted that his poetry is of a Little or nothing is known of his lower order than that of Dunbar, or even boyhood and early training; and the of Douglas.

first notice that in all probability refers He was the eldest son of David to him, is the name “Da. Lindesay,” in Lindsay of The Mount, a small estate the register of incorporated students, at about three miles north of Cupar, in St Andrews University, for 1508-9. Fife ; and, by the general opinion of Three years' attendance being necessary his biographers, he was born there about to incorporation, his entrance upon his the year 1490. Dr David Laing states course would take place in 1505, when that there is no positive information he would be about fifteen years old. bearing on the date, or the place of his The name “Da. Betone," the future birth, and considers that he may, for Cardinal of trag memory, follows next anything known to the contrary, have on the register. There is nothing to been born at Garmylton, two miles from Haddington; which estate came into the Sprinkled.

3 One of the oldest • Men's spirits.

known Scottish Quick on the binds. 2 The hind's wife calls.

airs.

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