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natural, or otherwise than salutary in And flattering fellows oft are mair regarded ; its ultimate effects. A fallow time was
A lying slave will rather be rewarded,
Nor they that does with reason's rule confer necessary, but several concurrent causes
Their kind of life and actions, lest they err; rendered it more prolonged than such
Nor men discrete, wise, virtuous, and modest, seasons of recuperation usually are. In Of gallant spreit, brave, true, and worthy trust, the meantime, it may not be uninstruc
Whilk far from hame civility has seen, tive to note how she served her new
And by their manners show where they have
been, mistress, Devotion.
Whilk have the word of God before their eyes, Hume was the second son of Patrick And weel can serve, but cannot princes please. Hume of Polwarth, and was born about
For some with reason will not pleased be
But that whilk with their humour does agree." 1560. He was educated at St Andrews, but, according to the custom of the It may be doubted if the Church, as times, completed his studies in law, to an ecclesiastical organization, has been which profession he was destined, in guided less by motives and influences France.
at variance with its ideal, than any A short trial of advocate probation, other human institution ; yet there is no which he describes in a poetical epistle other institution which presents to certo his friend Dr Moncreiff, the King's tain minds such congenial spheres for physician, and of which some features the quiet indulgence of that morbid may be recognised as still existing, gives sensitiveness which shrinks from the us his own reasons for quitting the bar. rude conflicts of secular life. Such
appears to have been the influence “Three years, or near that space,
under which Hume chose the Church I haunted maist our highest pleading place, And senate, where great causes reasoned were :
as his last resource, and nowhere in My breast was bruised with leaning on the bar,
Scotland could he be placed in a spot My buttons brist, I partly spitted blood, more suited to his disposition than the My gown was trailed and trampled where I
church of Logie, in Clackmannanshire, stood, Mine ears were deaved with maissar's cries and
to which he was appointed in 1598.
In 1599, he published his “Hymnes, Whilk procutors and parties called in : or Sacred Songs, wherein the right use I daily learned but could not pleasèd be ; of Poesie may be espied.” These he I saw sic things as pity was to see.”
dedicated to Lady Culross, the Tired of the law courts, he next tried authoress of “Ane Golden Dream." the King's court, where his brother,
He died in 1609. Montgomery's rival, appears to have We select the * Day Estivall, or been in favour ; but he did not find Summer's Day,” as his most poetical this a more congenial sphere than the piece.
It shows a very pleasing and other :
correct observance of nature, but wants
the spirit and imagination, without "Some officers we see of naughty brain,
which, descriptive poetry is a Meer ignorant, proud, vicious, and vain, Of learning, wit, and virtue all denude.
inventory of natural objects and pheno. Maist blockish men, rash, riotous, and rude ; mena. without relief or perspective
Campbell, in his Specimens of the British Poets, describes it as "a train of images They dread the day, frae they it see, that seem singularly pleasing and un
And from the sight of men, borrowed—the pictures of a poetical | To seats and covers fast they flee,
As lions to their den.
Our hemisphere is poleist clean,
And lightened more and more, in 1832 for the Bannatyne Club.
Till every thing be clearly seen
Whilk seemed dim before.
* Shaded, parted. 2 Than.
3 Both great and
1 Shaded, obscured.
4 Early up.
XXVII. The sun, maist like a speedy post,
With ardent course ascends, The beauty of the heavenly host,
Up to our zenith tends.
? Govern, rule. 3 Oxen. 4 Lurking, couching. 5 Noise, music.
6 Keen, fierce. 7 Blaze. 8 Whinstone pave
* Perspiring, heated. 5 Prune their feathers,