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Aye to defend their realm and liberty. a churchman such another as the That they nought, by their sleuth and author of “King Berdock.” It was cowartry,
first published in “ Early Metrical The fame and honour of their elders tine ;Tales,” by Dr Laing, Edinburgh, 1826.] Apprise ilk state into their ain degree, Aye as they live in moral discipline. Wha doubtis Dreamis are but fantasy?
My spreit was reft, and had : in ecstacy, XXVIII.
My head lay laich? into this Dream but 3 Show forth ilk king, till thou come to the
doubt ; prince
At my foretop my five wittis flew out. That reignis now in great felecity ;
I murned, and I made a felon mane : Whose ancient blood by high pre-emi- Me thought the King of Faiery had me nence,
tane, 4 Decorit? is in maist excellent degree
And band me in ane prison, foot and hand, (Without compare) of high nobility ;
Withouten ruth, in ane lang raip 5 of sand : With giftis mo of nature to him given,
To pierce the prison wall it was not eith,6 (Gif nane abused in his youthhead be),
For it was mingit,? and made with mussel Than ever was given to noble under heaven.
And in the mids of it ane mine of flint ; XXIX. Though thou pass forth, as bird implume I sank therein till I was near-hand tynt.8
And when I saw there was none other reto light,
meid, 9 His gracious earis to my work implore, Where he may see as in ane mirror bright, I flychterèdro up with ane feddrem" of lead; So notable stories, baith of vice and glore, For that I thought me ferys of my youth, Whilk never was seen into his tongue
I took my little tae into my mouth, afore ;
And cast myself right with ane mighty Where through he may, by prudent
Out through the vault and piercèd not the
I break my head upon ane knowe of ream;43
And, in all tene, 14 I turned up full tyte, 15
Drank of ane well that was gane dry seven
year, ["This very whimsical production,” Syne lap three loups, 16 and I was haile as Dr Laing calls it, has been preserved and feir. 17 in both the Bannatyne and Maitland
* My spirit was
9 Remedy. manuscripts : in the latter without the
snatched and held.To Fluttered. author's name; and that omission is all
11 Feathers, wings. 3 Without
12 The arch of heaven. that the former MS. enables us to sup
13 Hillock of creani. ply, with the addition of Monicus, from
5 Long rope. which it is inferred that the author was
17 Whole and sound.
Syne, after that I had escaped this case, And would have climben, but it was in
Down in ane meadow, beside ane bush of In Egypt, Ireland, Arragon, and Ynd;
mint ; In Burgoyne, Bordeaux, and in Bethlem, I sought myself, and I was seven year tint,' In Juryland and in Jerusalem ;
Yet in ane mist I found me on the morn. In France, in Freisland, and in Coupland I heard ane Pundler2 blow ane elrich3 horn; fells,
And syne beside me in ane meadow green, Where clockis cleckis crawbirds' in cockle I saw three white whalis, seemly to be shells ;
seen ; In Poil, Pertik, Peblis, and Portjafe, Their tethers were of green grasshoppers' And there I shipped into ane barge of hair, drafe ;
Of midges' shanks both clean, white and We pulled up sail, and could our anchors weigh,
Their tetheris were made weel grit to graip And suddenly out through the throsin sey? With silken shackles, and sowlis of white We sailed in storm, but steer, 3 guide or
This Pundler ran fast, feignand for to find To Paradise, the place where Adam was. Thir whalis three upon his gerss to poind; 6 By we approached into that port, in hye 4 He had ane cloak weel made and wonder We were weel ware of Enoch, and Elye, meet Sittand, on Yule even, in ane fresh green Of ganand graith, 7 of good gray girdle shaw,5
feit; Roastand strawberries at ane fire of snaw. Ane clearly coat, made in courtly wise, I thought I would not scare them in that Ofemmet skins, with many sketh and plys. 8 place,
Ane pair of hose made of ane auld mill Till they had drawn the board, and said
hopper, the grace :
Ane pair of courtly shoon, of good red Then suddenly I wolk out through the
Ane heckled hood made of the wild wood To see mae ferlies,7 that I might tell again. sedge, Methought I happened on ane mountain
Trust weel this Pundler thought him nae
man's page! I wandered up, and was ware of the moon, He bure ane club, made many a carl coy, And had not been I looked in the stead, 9 Made of ane auld board of the ark of Noy; I had strucken ane lump out of my head. He drave thir three whalis into ane lie, to When I was weel, methought I could not Ane him swallowed and bare him to the live,
sea, But then I took the sunbeam in my neive, to
7 Becoming cloth. Beetles hatch rooks. 6 Snow.
8 Obscure. ? Frozen sea. 7 More wonders. 3 Unearthly.
9 Fastened by a hook. 3 Without helm. 8 Aware.
4 Meaning obscure. 10 Lea, enclosed field. 4 Haste. 9 Place.
5 Links of white soap. 5 Wood.
6 To impound on his grass.
And there he lived on limpets in her wame,' Down in ane henslaik,' and got ane felon Till harvest time, that herdis drave them fall, hame.
And lay betwixt ane pitcher and the wall ! By this was done, the tother twa returned As wiffis commands, this Dream I will To swallow me; great dool I made and conclude, murnéd :
God and the Rood mot turn it all to good! Methought I fled, and through a park Gar fill the cup, for thir auld carlings
claims And wakened syne ; where trow ye that That gentle ale is oft the cause of I was?
JAMES The Fifth's title to the author- shows what the character of that poem ship of “The Gaberlunzie Man" and was, and that its loss is not a matter of “The Jolly Beggar” is not so well estab- popular regret. Bishop Percy, and lished as to justify our unhesitatingly Mr Callander of Craigforth, concur in ascribing them to him. That they refer recognising “The Gaberlunzie Man” to adventures in his life is very probable ; as James's; and Ritson and Lord and we are not aware of their being Orford credit him with “The Jolly attributed to any other author. That Beggar,” which Sir Walter Scott deJames wrote poetry himself, and was a scribed as the best comic ballad in any generous patron of poets, is placed language ; but Chalmers and Sibbald beyond dispute by Lindsay and dispute his right to either. In giving Bellenden ; yet, curiously enough, while these two ballads under his name, we are they both praise his poetical gifts, not supposed to have decided the question neither of them specifies the title of any of their authorship, beyond placing them of his pieces; nor do they give such indi. under the only name with which they cations of their contents as enable us to have been popularly associated. It is decide whether the poems in question very obvious that the versions we have were known to them. Drummond of got are much modernized,-a fact which Hawthornden also bears testimony to renders the question of authorship doubly James's poetical gifts, as, he says, “many puzzling. of his works yet extant testify.” But, The chief events of the King's life, so as Chalmers remarks, it is easier to far as they bear upon his poetical genius prove James a poet than to produce and the cultivation of it, are referred to specimens of his poetry. Lindsay's in Lindsay's life. Although his forma
“ The King's Flyting ” education may be said to have been
discontinued at the age of twelve, yet,
THE GABERLUNZIE MAN. possessed as he was of a vigorous mind, and a hereditary love of literature, which, during his juvenile years, must
The pawky' auld carle came o'er the lee, have been stimulated by the precept Wi' many good e'ens and days to me, and example of his tutor, Gavin Dun. Saying, Goodwife, for your courtesie, bar, and Lindsay and Bellenden, it is Will you lodge a silly poor man? but what we would expect to find,- The night was cauld, the carle was wat, when he came to be his own master,
And down ayont the ingle2 he sat ; -his encouraging and promoting those My daughter's shoulders he 'gan to clap, friends of his youth. But considering
And cadgily ranted 3 and sang. the counter-influences that were erted to lead his taste in other direc-wow ! quo' he, were I as free tions, it is much to the credit of his char- As first when I saw this countrie, acter that he preferred to encourage How blythe and merry wad I be! such as Buchanan, and those other And I wad never think lang. literary men whose works are an honour He grew canty,4 and she grew fain,
But little did her auld minny 5 ken to their age and country. His establishment of a permanent and organized What thir slee twa thegither were say'ng,
When wooing they were sae thrang. judicature, his vigorous and enlightened measures for the proper conduct of pub.
III. lic affairs, and the promoting the public And O, quo' he, an' ye were as black welfare, all heighten our respect for the As e'er the croun of my daddy's hat, memory of a king whose premature 'Tis I wad lay thee by my back, death was a great loss to his subjects.
And awa' wi' me thou shou'd gang. In estimating his character, much allow. | And O, quo' she, an I were as white
As e'er the snaw lay on the dike, ance has to be made for the transitional
I'd cleed 7 me braw and lady-like, condition of his age, and the inevitably
And awa' wi' thee I would gang. intriguing circumstances, if not disposi. tions, of many of the men through whom he had to govern; yet the unfortunate Between the twa was made a plot ; war, whose failure and disgrace he was
They rose a wee before the cock, unable to bear up against, must be And wilily they shot the lock,
And fast to the bent 8 are they gane. placed to the discredit of his own judg. Up in the morn the auld wife raise, Solway Moss was as fatal to
And at her leisure pat on her claise ; James V., although he died in his bed Syne to the servant's bed she gaes, at Falkland, as Flodden was to his
To speer 9 for the silly poor man. father. He died on the 14th December 1642, in the thirtieth year of his age.
* Knowing and wag
5 Mother. gish.
6 Busily. 2 Beyond the fireside.
Clad. 3 Merrily chanted.
8 Afield. 4 Merry.
IX. O kend my minny I were wi' you, Ill-faurdly 5 wad she cruok her mou'; 6 Stolen.
4 Tasting. The beggar with the wallet. 5 Ill-favouredly. 3 Mad.
6 Thraw her mouth
II. The beggar's bed was made at e'en,
Wi' gude clean straw and hay, And in ahint the ha' door
'Twas there the beggar lay. Up gat the gudeman's daughter,
All for to bar the door, And there she saw the beggar-man
Standing in the floor.
Chalk and red clay.