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Yet do thou glory in thy choice-

Thy choice, of his good fortune boast ; I'll neither grieve, nor yet rejoice,

To see him gain what I have lost.

Such fate ere long will thee betide,

When thou hast handled been awhile, Like sere flowers to be thrown aside ; And thou shalt sigh, when I shall smile

To see thy love to every one
Hath brought thee to be loved by





If thou of that were free as I,

Thou surely should be mine ;

If this were true, we should renew [This song is an English version of

Kind old long syne. an older Scottish one, and its chief interest consists in its forming a link in

V. the history of Scotland's national social But since that nothing can prevail, lyric, the "Auld Lang Syne ” of Burns.]

And all hope is in vain,
From these dejected eyes of mine

Still showers of tears shall rain :
And though thou hast me now forgot,

Yet I'll continue thine,
Should old acquaintance be forgot, And ne'er forget for to reflect
And never thought upon,

On old long syne.
The flames of love extinguished,
And freely past and gone ?

Is thy kind heart now grown so cold

If e'er I have a house my dear, In that loving breast of thine,

That truly is called mine, That thou canst never once reflect

And can afford but country cheer, On old long syne?

Or ought that's good therein ;

Though thou wert rebel to the king, II.

And beat with wind and rain, Where are thy protestations,

Assure thyself of welcome, love, Thy vows, and oaths, my dear,

For old long syne.
Thou mad'st to me and I to thee,

In register yet clear?
Is faith and truth so violate
To th' immortal gods divine,

That thou canst never once reflect

My soul is ravished with delight On old long syne?

When you I think upon ;

All griefs and sorrows take their flight, III.

And hastily are gone ; Is't Cupid's fears, or frosty cares,

The fair resemblance of your face
That makes thy spirits decay?

So fills this breast of mine,
Or is't some object of more worth No fate nor force can it displace,
That's stolen thy heart away?

For old long syne.
Or some desert makes thee neglect
Him, so much once was thine,

That thou canst never once reflect Since thoughts of you do banish grief,
On old long syne?

When I'm from you removed ;

And if in them I find relief,

When with sad cares I'm moved, Is't worldly cares, so desperate,

How doth your presence me affect That makes thee to despair?

With ecstasies divine, Is't that makes thee exasperate,

Especially when I reflect And makes thee to forbear?

On old long syne.



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For it has no coherence with my creed,
To think that lovers die as they pre-

tend; If all that say they die, had died indeed, Sure long e're now the world had had

an end. Besides, we need not love but if we please ;

No destiny can force men's disposition; And how can any die of that disease, Whereof himself may be his own

physician? But some seem so distracted of their wits,

That I would think it but a venial sin, To take some of those innocents that sit

In Bedlam out, and put some lovers in. Yet some men, rather than incur the

slander Of true apostates, will false martyrs

prove : But I am neither Iphis nor Leander, I'll neither drown nor hang myself for

love. Methinks a wise man's actions should be

such As always yield to reason's best advice: Now for to love too little or too much Are both extremes, and all extremes are

vice. Yet have I been a lover by report,

Yea, I have died for love as others do, But, praised be God, it was in such a sort,

That I revived within an hour or two. Thus have I lived, thus have I loved till

now, And find no reason to repent me yet ; And whosoever otherways will do, His courage is as little as his wit.


There is no worldly pleasure here below Which by experience doth not folly

prove, But among all the follies that I know,

The sweetest folly in the world is love ; But not that passion which with fools' con

sent Above the reason bears imperious sway, Making their lifetime a perpetual lent,

As if a man were born to fast and pray. No, that is not the humour I approve, As either yielding pleasure or promo

tion : I like a mild and lukewarm zeal in love,

Although I do not like it in devotion ;


1580—1640. ALTHOUGH the most voluminous ofour | being a young man of promising parts, ancient poetical remains, and presenting was selected as the travelling companion no linguistic difficulties to the modern of Gillesbuig Gruamach (Archibald reader, the poems of Sir William Alex- the Sullen), seventh Earl of Argyle. ander, Earl of Stirling, contain fewer They visited France, Italy, and Spain, pieces of popular interest than those of of which countries Alexander learned any of his predecessors, and this not- the languages. withstanding that their author was the After his return home, he, in 1603, subject of much admiration on the part published the tragedy of Darius, at of his contemporaries.

Edinburgh. Shortly after this, he reHis family is traced to Somerled, paired to London, where, in 1604, he Thane of Argyle, and Lord of the published his sonnets and songs, under Isles, who, in 1164, fell fighting against the title of Aurora. They were his Malcolm IV., in a battle at Renfrew. first production, and appear to refer to His successor, John, Lord of the Isles, a veritable love affair ; if so, he was of the time of Robert II., married an unsuccessful suitor, but soon got over Mary, the daughter of that monarch, his disappointment by marrying Janet, and their third son, Alexander, is the the daughter and heiress of Sir William common progenitor, of two families who Erskine, titular Archbishop of Glasgow. adopted his patronymic as their sur- His excluding them from the collected name; the one, the Macalisters of Loup, edition of his works in 1637, lends colour taking the Gaelic rendering of the to the supposition that their subject name, and the other, the Alexanders was a real, not an ideal mistress. They of Menstrie, the English. The Earls are dedicated to the Countess of Argyle, of Argyle, whose favourite residence of and may be regarded his most poetical Castle Campbell is in the neighbour compositions. The “ Parænesis to hood, bestowed the lands of Menstrie Prince Henry," which is after the manner upon Alexander, the son of this grand- of Bellenden's Address to James V., also son of Robert II.

appeared this year, and if the cause of William Alexander, the poet, was the his appointment as a gentleman of the son of Alexander Alexander, the fifth Prince's privy chamber, which imme. laird of Menstrie, and was born in 1580 diately followed, his promotion is creditat the family mansion-house, which able to both the King and the poet. It still stands on the march between Alloa is reckoned his most unexceptionable and Logie, about five miles from poem. In 1607, he published his trage. Stirling. He is said to have been dies, now increased to four, viz., “Darius," educated at Glasgow University, and, “Croesus," "The Alexandrian Tragedy,” and “Julius Cæsar,” in one volume, under tion, and his vigour of intellect, are on the title of The Monarchicke Tragedies, many occasions conspicuously displayed; dedicated to the King. In 1612, Prince but to have supported the fervour of Henry's death was the cause of much poetry through so extended a work, on and general regret, and numerous elegies such a subject, would have demanded were written on the event. Alexander genius of the first order." contributed to the number, but failed to With the exception of a fragment enrise to the occasion.

titled “Jonathan," Doomes Day is his In 1613, he was appointed gentleman last original work, but he is known to usher to Prince Charles, and in 1614 have assisted the King in his translareceived the honour of knighthood,'along tion of the Psalms. After 1621, he with the appointment of Master of became involved in political business, Requests. Being some time in Scotland the details of which have little bearing this year, he was visited by Drummond upon his literary career, and may there. of Hawthornden, with whom he formed fore be slightly referred to. James' a most intimate friendship. He also plantation of Ulster seems to have sug. published at Edinburgh the four first gested something similar for Canada ; hours of his “ Doomes Day, or the great and Sir William drew up a scheme, in day of the Lord's Judgment.” It was September 1861, for creating an order afterwards extended to twelve hours, of nobility, which came to be known as and is beyond doubt his greatest labour, Nova Scotia Baronetcies, to be obtained if not his greatest work. It is a reli

on the purchase of a certain portion of gious poem, evidently inspired by the

an immense grant of land placed at his study of the Apocalypse, and, in an disposal by the King. But the scheme, unsymmetrical way, passes over some which did not come into practical operaof the ground shortly afterward taken tion till the accession of Charles I., ultiup by the author of Paradise Lost. mately brought little profit and less The following stanza will serve as a reputation to its originator. The right specimen of the style and the matter.

of printing the Psalms, which were not It is taken from the twelfth hour, in published till after James' death, granted which the renovated order of things is to Alexander for thirty-one years, also fully detailed :

proved a barren gift. As Adam once (whilst naked) free from sinne,

In 1626 he was appointed Secretary Was not ashamed to walk before the Lord, of State for Scotland, and in 1630 he was So shall the saints (when glory doth begin)

created Lord Alexander of Tullibody Be to the same integrity restored ; No barenesse, robes, but brightnesse deckes and Viscount Stirling, while in 1631 the skinne,

he was appointed an extraordinary judge Which no way else could be so much decored : of the Court of Session. That he all

For nakedness when shining every where, along retained the confidence of his Is purenesse, and not impudency there."

royal masters, is evinced by the succesDr Irving remarks, thai the author's sive favours bestowed upon him; yet “varied knowledge, his power of reflec- there is sufficient evidence that his

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