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Among the flowris fresh, fragrant and
My vital spirits duly did rejoice
Full joyfully John Uponland appleised, 1 The bad aspect of Saturn was appeased, That day, by Juno, of Jupiter the joy,
When Phoebus rose, and rave the cloudis Perturband spirits causing to hold coy.2
'I will,' said she, 'ascend vailye quod I did approach, under ane hawthorn Vailye,'
It is my kyne to climb aye to the hight;
Of feather and bone, I wat weel I am wight. '2
Sae on the highest little tender twist, With wing displayed, she sat full wantonly; But Boreas blew ane blast or ere she wist, Whilk brake the branch, and blew her suddenly,
Where I might hear and see, and be un
And when this bird had swooned twice or
She gan to speak, saying on this wise :
"O false fortune! why has thou me beguiled?
Down to the ground, with many careful This day, at morn, who knew this care
"In thee I see nae thing been permanent, Of thy short solace, sorrow is the end : Thy false infortunate giftis been but lent, This day full proud, the morn naething to spend :
O ye that doth pretend aye till ascend!
Whether that I was stricken in ecstacy,
Her counsel to the King, as ye shall hear.
Here follows "The First Epistle of the Papingo, direct till our Sovereign Lord King James the Fyft," consisting of many excellent, moral, political, and instructive advices, delivered with the same candour and familiarity that characterizes "The Complaint."
A second "Epistle," directed to her brether courtiers, may be defined as a political homily on the history of the Stewart Kings. The last-the most characteristic and important part-is entitled "The communing betwixt the Papingo and her Holy Executors," and is a very severe satire upon the author's favourite topic, the vices of the "Spirituality." "The Complaint," which is given in full, is a sufficient specimen of this species of invective.
ANE DIALOGUE BETWIXT EXPERIENCE AND ANE COURTIER OF THE MISERABLE ESTATE OF THE WORLD.
Chalmers observes that Lindsay is indebted to Gower's Confessio Amantis for the manner, and to Lydgate's Fall of Princes for much of the matter of the Monarchy; and, considering his obligation to these, and other writers in prose and verse, "he can only be allowed to have made a great display, without much exertion, of original thought or literary retrospect.” He agrees with Warton's praise of the Prologue, in which "our poet has perhaps outdone himself in a grand display of the higher qualities of his art, in elegant metaphors, artful fictions, mythological retrospections, and picturesque recitals." The subject is the history of the world from the creation to the day of judgment, with such moral reflections as the different incidents suggest. preliminary argument in justification of his use of the "vulgar tongue," is a species of apology used by most of his poetical predecessors, but by none with greater force or more
ANE EXCLAMATION TO THE READER TOUCHING THE WRITING OF VULGAR AND MATERNAL LANGUAGE.
Gentle reader, have at me no despite, Thinking that I presumptuously pretend In vulgar tongue so high matter to write :