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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
Alliel to the king, and of his self-same form of faith,
But worthy, to my thinking, of the name of a good prince. | writing religious songs and poems, with a view
Bus tat be strose to prevent many calamities.

Plus ne me portez, ) enemys, d'envie, Helas! n'ecrivez par ses faits ni ses grandeurs,
Qui m'a plus l'esprit à la grandeur: Mais qu'il a bien voulu empecher de malheurs.
J'ai consommé d'excessive douleur,
Voltre ire en bref de voir assouvie,
Et vous amys qui m'avez tenu chere,
Souvenez-vous que sans cueur et sans santer,

Je ne saurois auqun bon cuvre fair.
Et que sus bas etant assez punie,
J'aie ma part en la joie infinie.

Oh! my God and my Lord,

I have trusted in thee;
Oh! Jesus, my love,

Now liberate me.

In my enemies' power,
Ronsart, si ton bon cœur, de gentille naturo,

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
a mon avis, du nom de brave prince.

To liberate me!

BORN 1560 --- DIED 1609.
ALEXANDER Hume, a sacred poet, was the

The consuetudes, the custome, and the law,
Quhairhy our native soil was guide aright,

And justice done to everie kind of wight.
supposed to have been born in the year

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,
My gown was traild and trampid qulair I stood;
My ears war deif*d with maissars cryes and din,

Qukilk procutoris and parties callit in.
Epistle to Maister Gilbert Monterief,

I daily learnit, but could not pleisit be;
I saw sic things as pitie was to see,
Ane house owerlaid with process sa misguidit,
That sum too late, sum never war decydit;
The puir abusit ane hundred divers wayes;
Postpon'd, deffer'd with shifts and mere delayes,
Consumit in gudes, ourset with grief and paine;

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."
Not meeting with success at the bar, Hume

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

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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.

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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
The crystall and the silver pure,

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,
For thay were painted on a wall,

Sa mair they move or steir.

Calm is the deep and purpour sé,

Yea smoother than the sand;
The wallin that woltring wont to lie,

Are stable like the land,

sa silent is the cessile air,

That everie cry and call,
The hills and daills, and forest fair,

Againe repeats them all.
The rivers fresh, the caller streams

Ouer rocks can softlie rin;
The water clear, like crystal seams,

And makes a pleasand din.
The feilds and earthly superfice

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.

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Seduced my heart, withdrew my mind,

And made me sclave to sin.
My senses and my saul I saw

Debait a deadlie strife,
Into my flesh I felt a law

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,
Quhen als oft as Phoebea stout

Was set agains the Sun;
Yea, als oft as the fierie flames

Arise and shine abroad,
I minded was, with sangs and psalms,

To glorifie my God.
But ay the cancred, carnall kind,

Quhilk lurked me within,

Even as the falcon high, and hait

Furth fleeing in the skye,
With wanton wing, hir game to gaif,

Disdains her caller's cry;
So led away with liberty,

And drowned in delight,
I wandred after vanitie--

My vice I give the wight.



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

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