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And we'll go no more a roving, I took ye for some gentleman,
At least the laird o' Brodie-
the poor bodie?
And we'll go no more a roving, III.
A roving in the night, He took the lassie in his arms,
Although the moon is moving, Fast to the bed he ran
And stars are shining bright.
Ye'll waken our gudeman.
He took the lassie in his arms, But lang afore the cock had crawn,
And gae her kisses three,
And four-and-twenty hunder merk
He took a wee horn frae his side,
Came skipping o'er the hill.
And we'll go no more a roving, Have ye ony dogs about this toun,
A roving in the night, . Maiden, tell me true
Nor sit a sweet maid loving
By coal or candle light.
And he took out his little knife,
Loot a' his duddies fa',
And he was the brawest gentleman
That was amang them a'.
The beggar was a clever loon,
And he lap shoulder height,
O ay for sicken quarters
As I got yesternight!
And we'll ay gang a roving, And flang them o'er the wa';
A roving in the night, The deil gae wi' the meal-powks,
For then the maids are loving, My maiden fame and a';
And stars are shining bright. ALEXANDER SCOTT.
All the poems of this poet that are Chapel Royal, Stirling, is hesitatingly known to us, owe their preservation to supposed by Dr Laing, in his Collected the manuscript collection of George Edition of Scott's Poems, Edinburgh Bannatyne. Beyond the few inferences, 1821, to indicate the poet's parentage ; deducible from these products of his but he concludes that he must have elegant muse, there is almost nothing resided chiefly in Edinburgh. that can, with any degree of confidence, With the exception of the burlesque be asserted concerning him. That he poem, “The Justing betwixt Adamson was in the vigorous exercise of his and Sym," at the Drum, near Dalkeith, poetical powers in 1562, is certified by and his “Address to Queen Mary,” his his having, in that year, written the original poems are all amatory.
The longest of his poems,
“ Ane New Year's “ Justing,” which is in the measure of Gift to the Queen Mary when she first “ Christ's Kirk on the Green,” though came hame in 1562.” “ To Love,, wanting the rude but natural vigour and Unloved,” subscribed in the MS., simple freshness of that racy sketch of
Quod Scott when his wife left him," rustic recreation, is not devoid of hummight reasonably be thought to infer our, and, in common with all Scott's the real occurrence of the unhappy poems, exhibits that skill in the art of event indicated; yet the last two stanzas, poesy which is his most distinguishing taken in connection with the sentiments characteristic ; indeed, so great is their of “Return thee, Heart,”—and indeed artistic perfection, that they convey an his whole treatment of the subject of 'impression of elegant insincerity, such love—his blowing hot and cold alter- as we attach to the character of a gay nately-make it doubtful if his love gallant, or an accomplished man of the poems have reference to particular events world. Their passion seems more the in his own career. His “ Lament of product of observation and reflection, the Master of Erskyn,” whether referr than the spontaneous burst of feeling ing to a real or a feigned situation, shows that wells from the overflowing heart, how artfully he could assume the attic and touches our sympathy into irresist. tude of the parting lover, for the purpose ible response. of imparting dramatic force to the senti- Dr Irving considers that his “
"proments proper to such a position ; and ductions may be classed with the most at least suggests the possibility of his elegant Scottish poems of the sixteenth assuming similar circumstances concern- century,” and adds, "that his lyric ing himself, to serve the same end. measures are skilfully chosen ; and his
An entry in the Privy Seal Register, language, when compared with that of for 1549, recording the legitimation of contemporary poets, will be found to John and Alexander Scott, natural sons possess an uncommon share of terseness of Alexander Scott, Prebendary of the and precision.” He also ranks him
among the rational friends of the With mass nor matins noways will I mell," Reformation.
To judge them justly passes my ingine ;2 His political and ecclesiastical opin. And lelalie on lawtie lays their line : 3
They guide not ill that governs well themsel, ions are contained in his “ Address to Queen Mary,” which may be defined as The two last lines have a striking an exhortation to good government, both resemblance to the philosophy, if not to in Church and State. Although almost the words of Pope's couplet : as outspoken as Lindsay against the
“For forms of faith let zealous bigots fight, vices of the clergy, there can be no doubt
His can't be wrong whose life is in the right." that some of his hits have reference to the excesses of the Protestant party. He closes his argument on this head He advises Mary :
with a very ingenious simile, skilfully
applied to enforce the doctrine of his At cross gar' cry by open proclamation,
exhortation : Under great pains that neither he nor sho, Of holy writ have, any disputation,
As bees takes wax and honey of the flower, But lettered men, learned clerks thereto;
So does the faithful of God's word take fruit ; For limmer? lads and little lasses lo,
As wasps receivis of the same but sour, Will argue both with bishop, priest, and friar :
So reprobatis Christ's book does rebute : To dantoun 3 this thou has eneuch to do,
Words without works availis not a cute : 4 God give thee grace agains this good New Year.
To seize thy subjects so in love and fear,
That right and reason in thy realm may root, After enumerating some of the grosser God give thee grace agains this good New Year. vices of the clergy, he attacks their less culpable, but almost e qually degrading,
But, as if to show how slowly and practices thus :
partially superstition is dispelled from
the minds even of those who clearly disThey lute 4thy lieges pray to stocks and stones, tinguish it in its more degrading aspects, And painted papers, wats not what they mean,
we find him capping the blessings and They bid them beck, and bynges at dead men's
the greatness which he fondly anticipates bones ; Offer on knees to kiss, syne save their ein.
as the lot of the beautiful young sovereign Pilgrims and palmers past with them between, of his native country, by quoting the oft Saint Blais, Saint Boit, blait bodies ein to bleir:6 misapplied prophecy of Thomas the Now to forbid this great abuse, has been,
Rhymer : God give thee grace agains this good New Year.
Gif saws be sooth to show thy celsitude, But while thus attacking the vices What berne should bruke 5 all Britain by the
sea ? and superstitions of the clergy, he con
The prophecy expressly does conclude, fesses his reverence for what he con
The French wife of the Bruce's blood should siders the sacred rites of the Church :
4 Allow, cause.
4 A straw. 2 Ingenuity.
person shall 3 Lawfully, on loyalty possess.
contempt. 3 Suppress.
guide their conduct.
Happie is hie, hes hald him fre
Frome folkis of defame; Alwayis to fle Iniquite,
And sait of syn and schame.
The Lorde's command and law, Thame to fulfill with purpoise still
Boith day and nicht to knaw.
Endlang the rever plantit ;
In tyme as God hes grantit :
I. Right as the glass been thirlèd through
with beams Of Phoebus' fair prefulgent visage bright; Or hornéd Dian with her paly beams,
Pierces the cloudis sable in the night ; And as the cockatrice killis with her sight,
Right so the beauty of my lady stounds Out through my breast, and to my heart rebounds.
Jassink, jasp, ruby, jem or criselleit, Carbuncle, emerald, pearl, or athamant,"
Turcas, topas, marble, or margareit,
Exceeds the barratastonis in the street: In likewise does her beauty undegraid, Transcend all others, wife, widow, or maid.
Quhois leif and blaid sall nevir faid,
Bot fragrant ay be flureist ; Quhois workis on braid sall evir spraid
And richtously be nureist.