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serond son of Patrick, fifth baron of Polwarth, Andrews, where he was graduated in 1574. the law, he returned to his native country, and was admitted to practise as an advocate. His professional progress is thus related by himself llediciner to the King's Majestie, wherein is et down the Inexperience of the Author's * Quhen that I had employ'd my yonth and raine
Four years in France, and was retur'd againe, Hart if thy good leart, of gentle kind,
es thee in regard of some little nurture
Plus ne me portez, ) enemys, d'envie, Helas! n'ecrivez par ses faits ni ses grandeurs,
Oh! my God and my Lord,
I have trusted in thee;
Now liberate me.
In my enemies' power,
In affliction's sad hour Te meut pour le respect d'un peu de nourriture
I languish for thee. Qu'en tes plus jeunes ans tu as recu d'un roi
In sorrowing, weeping, De ton roi allie, et de sa meme loi,
And bending the knee, Le dirai non couart ni tache d'avarice,
I adore and implore thee
To liberate me!
BORN 1560 --- DIED 1609.
The consuetudes, the custome, and the law,
And justice done to everie kind of wight.
To that effect, three years, or near that space, He studied at the University of St. I haunted maist our highest pleading place,
And senate. quhair causes reason'd war, spending four years in France studying My breist was brmisit with leaning on the bar;
My buttons brist, I partly spitted blood,
Qukilk procutoris and parties callit in.
I daily learnit, but could not pleisit be;
Your advocate maun be refresht with gaine, to learn and curious was to knaw
Or else he fails to speake or to invent
Ane guide defence or weightie arguinient. following translation was made by D. G. Ye 'spill your cauce.' ye 'trouble him too sair,'
Unless his hand anointed be with mair."
but failing in this also, he entered into holy pronounce him no craven, nor stained with orders, and was appointed minister of Logie,
in Fifeshire. He now devoted himself to rite not his achievements nor his grandeur,
of correcting the popular taste, and displacing
and is 1360.
I nie Rusetti:
the “ godlie and spiritual sangis and ballatis" | “Hymns or Sacred Songs,” Mr. Hume wrote a of that age, which were nothing more than poem on the defeat of the Spanish Armada. pious travesties of the profane ballads and It is called “ The Triumph of the Lord after songs then most in vogue. In 1599 Hume the Maner of Men," and describes a triumphal published a volume entitled “Hymnes or procession similar to those of the ancient RoSacred Songs, where the right use of Poetry mans, in which the spoils of the conquered may be Espied,” dedicated to “the faithful enemy are exhibited in succession. The foland vertuous Lady Elizabeth Melvil," generally lowing passage may suffice for a specimen :styled Lady Culros, who wrote “ Ane Godlye
“Richt as the point of day beginnes to spring, Dream, compylit in Scotish Meter," printed
And larks aloft melodionslie to sing, at Edinburgh in 1603, and at Aberdeen in
Bring furthe all kynde of instrumentis of weir 1644, which was a great favourite with the To gang befoir, and mak ane noyce cleir; Presbyterians. The Hymns were recently re
Gar trumpetis sonde the awful battelis blast,
Ou dreadful drumnes gar stryke alarum faste; printed by the Bannatyne Club. The best of
Mak showting shalmes, and peircing phipheris shill these sacred poems, entitled by the author
Cleene cleave the cloods, and pierce the hiest hill. “ The Day Estivall,” is altogether an extraor Caus michtelie the wierlie nottis breike, dinary production for the age in which it was
On Hieland pipes, Scottes and Hybernicke.
Let heir the skraiche of deadlie clarions, composed. It presents the picture of a sum
And syne let off ane volie of canuons." mer day from the dawn to the twilight; painted with a fidelity to nature, a liveliness of colour. The poem has been highly praised by Dr. Ley. ing, and a tasteful selection of incidents which den. The year 1609 is given as the date of mark the hand of a master. Besides the Hume's death.
The flurishes and fragrant floures,
Throw Phebus' fostring heit, Refresht with dew and silver shoures,
Casts up an odor sweit.
The clogged bussie humming beis,
That never thinks to drowne, On flowers and flourishes of treis
Collects their liquor browne.
The sunne, maist like a speidie post,
With ardent course ascends, The beauty of the heavenly host,
Up to our zenith tends.
Nocht guided by a Phaeton,
Nor trayned in a chayre, Bot by the hie and holie On,
Quhilk dois all where empire.
The burning beims doun from his face
Sa fervently can heat, That man and beast now seeks a place
To save them fra the heat.
The breathless flocks drawes to the shade
And frechure of their fald; The startling nolt, as they were madde,
Runnes to the rivers cald.
The heards beneath some leafy treis
Amids the floures they lie; The stabill ships upon the seis
Tends up their sails to drie.
The hart, the hind, and fallow-deare
Are tapisht at their rest; The foules and birdes that made thé beare,
Prepares their prettie nest.
The rayons dures descending down,
All kindles in a gleid, In cittie, nor in burroughstowne,
May nane set furth their beid.
Back from the blew paymented whunn,
And from ilk plaister wall, The hot reflexing of the sunne
Inflames the air and all.
The passenger from perrels sure
Gangs gladlie forth the way. Breife ererie living creature
Takes comfort of the day.
The subtile motty rayens light
At rifts they are in wonne; The glansing thains, and vitre bright,
Resplends agains the sunne.
The dew upon the tender crops,
Like pearls white and round, Or like to melted silver drops,
Refreshes all the pound.
The mistie rock, the clouds of raine,
From tops of mountains skails; Clear are the highest hills and plaine,
The vapors takes the vails.
Begaried is the sapphire pend
With spraings of skarlet hew, And preciously from end to end
Damasked white and blew.
The ample heaven of fabrik sure
In eleannes dois surpass
As cleirest poleist glass.
The time sa tranquil is and still,
That na where sall ye find, Saive on ane high and barren hill,
The aire of peeping wind.
All trees and simples, great and small,
Tbat balmie leaf do beir,
Sa mair they move or steir.
Calm is the deep and purpour sé,
Yea smoother than the sand;
Are stable like the land,
sa silent is the cessile air,
That everie cry and call,
Againe repeats them all.
Ouer rocks can softlie rin;
And makes a pleasand din.
With verdure grene is spredd, And naturallie, but artifice,
In partie colours cledd.
The labourers that timelie raiss,
All wcarie, faint, and weake, For heate doun to their houses gaiss,
Noon-meate and sleip to take.
The callour wine in cave is sought,
Men's brotheing breists to cule; The water cald and cleir is brought,
And sallets steipit in ule.
Seduced my heart, withdrew my mind,
And made me sclave to sin.
Debait a deadlie strife,
Gainstand the law of life.
And make my vayne polluted thought,
My pen and speech prophaine, Extoll the Lord qubilk made of nocht
The heaven, the earth, and maine. Searce nature yet my face about
Her virile net had spun,
Was set agains the Sun;
Arise and shine abroad,
To glorifie my God.
Quhilk lurked me within,
Even as the falcon high, and hait
Furth fleeing in the skye,
Disdains her caller's cry;
And drowned in delight,
My vice I give the wight.
JAMES THE SIXTH.
Borx 1566 - DIED 1625.
JAYES, the Sixth of Scotland and First of | by R. P. Gillies. Copies of the original ediEngland, called by Sully “the wisest fool tion have been sold for more than £25. At in Europe," was born in the castle of Edin Bindley's sale one brought £26, 58. burgh, June 19, 1566. He was the son of In 1591 King James produced a second Queen Jary, by her husband Henry Lord volume of verse entitled Poeticall Exercises at Darnley. Both by his father and mother Vacant Houres, in the preface to which he inJames was the great-grandson of Henry VII. forms the reader, as an apology for inaccuracies, of England. It is well known that a confedera- that “scarcelie but at stolen moments had he tion of conspirators dethroned Mary about a leisure to blenk upon any paper, and yet nocht Fear after the birth of her son. While this ill. that with free, unvexed spirit.” He also apfated princess was imprisoned in Lochleven pears about this time to have proceeded some Castle James was taken to Stirling, and there length with his translation of the Psalms into crowned King of Scotland at the age of thir. Scottish verse. A few years later the king wrote teen months and ten days. When he was a treatise of counsel for his son Prince Henry, scarcely nineteen years he became an author, under the title of Basilicon Doron, which, by publishing The Essayes of a Prentice in the although containing some passages offensive Dirine Art of Poesie, with the Rewlis and to the clergy, is a work of good sense, and conCauteles to be pursued and avoided. These veys, upon the whole, a respectable impression eways were printed at Edinburgh in 1585, by at once of the author's abilities and moral temT. Vautroullier, and consist of a mixture of perament. It was published in 1599, and prose and poetry; the poems being chiefly a gained him a great accession of esteem among series of sonnets, while the prose consists of a the English, for whose favour, of course, he code of laws for the construction of verse accord was anxiously solicitous. Camden says
" that ing to the ideas of that age. There is little in in this book is most elegantly portrayed and the king's style or his ideas to please the present set forth the pattern of a most excellent, every age; yet compared with the efforts of contem- way accomplished king." Bacon considered porary authors these poems may be said to pre. it as “excellently written;" and Hume resent a respectable appearance. This volume marks that “whoever will read the Basilicon was reprinted in 1814, with a prefatory memoir | Doron, particularly the last two books, will