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And quhen thou knawis the cause of “play, playit besyde Edinburgh, in thair mischance,
1554, in presence of the quene reOf vertew than, exalt thy saillis on hie, gent; lestand fra nyne houris afoir Traisting to chaip that fatall destenie. none till sex houris at evin.” But, Treit ilk trew barron, as he war thy the length of the English mysteries,
what is this length of representation to brother, Quhilk mon at neid, the, and thy realme during the persevering curiosity of an
tient times? In 1391, as we learn from defend,
honest Stow, a play was playde by Quhen suddandlie ane doeth oppres ane
the parish clerks of London, which conutber,
tinued three days together, the king, Lat justice mixit with mercy thame amend:
quene, and nobles of the realme, being Have thou thair hartis, thow hes yneuch present : And, another was plaide, in to spend ;
1409, which lasted eight daies, and was And be the contrair, thow art bot king worlde, whereat was present most of
of matter, froin the creation of the of bune,
the nobilitie and gentrie of England.” From tyme thyne lieiris hartis bene from the gone,
The characters are chiefly allegoShe gives the history of the cala- rical, as the moral virtues and vices, mities which had befallen Scotland the church, the commonwealth, with under a'succession of Kings, begin. a sparing mixture of real personages. ning with Robert the Third. She It does not the less however exhibit then proceeds to the corruption of a correct view of the reigning style the church, which had taken its rise of conyersation ; for these imaginary from the banishment of poverty, and characters are as homely, and as coarse had now come to the greatest height. in their dialect, as the lowest of the Dame Chastitie had been banished others. from all the convents in Scotland, We have, first, a king Humanitas, except one, " besouth Edinburgh on who by the arts of three noted perthe Burrow muir, among the sis- sonages, called Falset, Dissait, and teris of the Schenis,” though it is Flattery, and by the allurements of alledged, that if they were * assail. a fair lady, ycleped Sensuality, is zeit,” they would "render" like the led into a course of irregular indulrest. The poem closes with the death gence. Verity is then introduced, of the Papingo.
by which it appears that the reformWe come
now to the most re. ed religion is understood. She atmarkable of all Lyndsay's produc. tempts to obtain access to his Mations, the Satyre of the Three jesty, but is speedily driven off by his Estates. It is a morality, or drama- new attendants. For her farther tic composition, intended for the correction the parson is sent for, who " commendation of verteu and vitu. thus addresses her ; peration of vyce.”
The Satyre of Lyndsay was acted at Lustie lady, we wald faine understand Coupar in Fife, in 1535; at Linlith. Quhat errand ye haif in this regioun ?. gow, in 1539 ; and at Edinburgh, in To preich, or teich, quha gaif to yow 1554. We may learn, from the length command; of the perusal of Lyndsay's Satyre of To counsall kingis, how gat ye comthe three Estates, that its representation
missioun? must have consumed “ the live-long I dreid, without ye gat ane remissioun, "day, with patient expectation :" It And syne renunce your new opinionis, began, about nine, in the morning, and The sprituall stait sall put yow to percontinued, during nine hours, with little ditioun; intermission, as we are told by Henry And in the fyre will burne yow filesche, Charteris, the bookseller, who saw this and bonis,
tells his story:
pious and discreet persons, without I will recant nathing that I haif schawin, the least seeming consciousness of I brif said nathing bot the veritie : Bot, with the king, fra ty me that I be
The second part of the Satyre is I dreid, ye spaiks of Spritualitie
almost entirely against the Romish Sall rew, that ever I çame, in this cuntrie: church. The most striking figure For, gif the veritie" planelie war pro- here is a poor man who had been Glamit,
stript by them of his all. He thus And speciallie to the kingis majestie, For your traditionis ye wil be all de
My father was anė auld man,
and ane Quhat buik is that, harlot, into thyhand? And wäs of age fourscore of yeiris, and
hoir, (hoary) Out! walloway! this is the New
moir. Test'ment, In Englisch toung, and printit in Eng
And Mald, my mother, was foursccre land :
and fyftene, Herisie ! herisie! fire: fire : incontinent. And with my labour I did thame baith
Wee had ane meir, that caryit salt, and The affair ends by Veritie being coilt, put in the stocks. Chastity then And everilk yeir, scho brocht us hame
ane foill. appears with a similar intent, but after having applied for reception in
Wee had thre ky, that was baith fat, and
fair various quarters, and been every where Nane tydier into the toun of Ait. rejected; she finally shares the same
My father was sa waik' of blude, and fate. At last comes Correction, who 'bane, seems to be a very potent personage; That he deit, quhare for my mother for by his sole authority he sets free
maid gret inane ; Veritie and Chastitie, leads them to
Then schu deit, within ane day, or two; the king, whom he obligesto acknow. And thare begin my puventie, and wo;
Our gude gray nieir was baitand on the ledge' his fault, to banish his vicious
feild, companions, and receive these in their And our lands-laird tuke hir, for his stead.
'heryeild, One of the most striking things in Thevickar tuke thebest cow be the heid, this play is the gross indecency of Incontinent, quhen my father was deid. the dialogue, such as would not now
And quhen the vickar hard tel how that be endured in an assembly of the low. Was deid, fra hand, he tuke to him ane
my mother est vulgar. Yet this seems to be
uther: more a breach of taste than of mo. Then Meg, my wife, did murne baith rality : for the play is expressly writ- evin, and morrow, ten with a religious and moral inten. Till at the last scho deit, for verie sor. tion, and the indecent expression's
row; are sometimes used by persons of the And quhen the vickar hard tell my wyse most correct characters.
The thrid cow he cleikit be the heid, prove bowever of Mr Chalmers re.
Thait upmest clayis, that was of raploch taining these passages, as they show
gray, the coarseness of that period, and to The vickár gart his clark bere thane a reader of the present day are not away. likely to be at all seductive. The Quhen all was gane, I micht, mak na dialogue is no less distinguished by
debeat, the profuse and continual use of Bot, with my bairns, past, for till beg oaths, of which Mr Co has counted Now, haif I tald yow the black veritie,
my meat. about forty or fifty, and yet these How I am brocht into this miserie. too are familiarly used by the most
Vol. II. P. S.
The Historie of Squire. Meldrum Walter Scott, Esq. Fourth Edition. is one of the most pleasing of Lynd- 8vo. 1os. 6d. say's productions. It contains the Ferguson's Lectures, with Notes, atchievements of a genuine knight- and an Appendix by David Brewerrant, brave and amorous, wander- ster. Second Edition. 2 rols. 8vo. ing in search of adventures, and dem and plates 4to. il. 1s. livering distressed ladies, who fall im. mediately in love with him. His
Scottish Literary Intelligence. longest, though as appears to us his Jeast interesting piece, is the
Monar- A New edition is now printing of chie, which contains a kind of gene.
the Travels of the celebrated ral history of all things past, present,
William Lithgow, performed during and to come, beginning at the crea. the space of 19 years, thro’ various tion of the world, and ending with parts of Europe, Asia, and Africa : the day of judgement. It is, in short, containing, in particular, a Descripa kind of abridged, universal history,
tion of Jerusalem and various parts put into verse, and makes rather dry of the Holy Land. His narrative of reading
the tortures which were infiicted The modern reader who may be
on him by the Spanish Inquisition, desirous to peruse these productions is particularly inter
is particularly interesting. This of Lyodsay is under great obligations
writer has been a good deal suspectto Mr Chalmers for the facilities he ed of fiction and exaggeration ; but, has afforded him. Besides a copious
like others in the same predicament, glossary at the end, every antiquated time, which is the only sure criteriword or form of expression is explain- on, seems to have determined the ed at the foot of the page ; so that, question in his favour ; and his with this poetry, which would other. travels are now generally regarded wise have been hardly intelligible, as equally curious and authentic.com we go on almost as easily and smooth- To this edition will be added his ly as with a composition of the pre
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Boydell and Co., dedicated by permis. The Poems of Ossian, in the origi.
sion to his Majesty, and prepared under
the superintendence of Lord Somer. nal Gaelic, with a literal Latin trans
ville. It will be published in numbers, lation by the late Mr M.Farlan, will in imperial quarto size, each containing speedily make their appearance.-- two or more prints, from pictures paint. This work will be enriched with ed by Mr James Ward. The history a preliminary dissertation by Sir and descriptions, uses, merits, and deJohn Sinclair, whose active patrio. fects of the cattle, with their adaptation tism has induced him to undertake
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Mr Boyd's translation of the Tri- the Baptist missionaries in Bengal, umph of Petrarch is in considerable for- bearing date November 15, 1805, by wardness.
which it appears that the converts had A new novel from the pen of Mr increased since the commencement of Lewis is expected this month.
the year from 34 to 70. Three of the The Rev. Mr Rogers has finished the natives are preaching the gospel. The third and fourth volunies of his Lec. missionaries are proceeding in the transtures on the Liturgy.
lation and printing of the Old and New A new edition of Clarendon's His- Testament in four or five eastern languatory of the Rebellion, in octavo, is just ges, and they hope to accomplish the issuing from the University press. An- translation into all the languages of the other edition in quarto will follow it. East.
Ye gentle Spirits, from the ivy'd tomb, On the Death of
With all your tears, with all your incense
come ; ADMIRAL LORD NELSON,
Bid the broad censer raise its mantling By Dr Robert Couper.
cloud ; HUNG be the heav'ns with black !" ye O hide the warriour dreadful in his shroud! Spirits come
And with your torches, glimm'ring, faint Ye dim-grey children of the mould'ring
and pale, tomb
Flit, flit ye, awful, down the gloomy aile: Ye who lean'd o'er great Alfred's ebbing
Yon's his cold bed--soft be his long rebreath, And clos'd the Bruce's flaming eyes in
And round his rest ye guardian spirits death;
close! Who sadly sat on London's bloody hill, Nelson ! 'tis o'er-thy darksome hour is Till Wallace' heart quench'd ruthless Ed
by; ward's will;
Thy sounding trumpet fills the echoing Who o'er the heroes of heroic times,
sky; Unting'd with vices, and unstain'd with Solemn and sweet ascends the angel-voice, crimes,
And round and round the hosts of heav'n Tent the last moments of their glorious rejoice. day,
Nelson arises! seraphs deck his way, And pour'd your incense on their quiv'ring And on his brow trim heav'nı’s unfading bay. clay
The awful Chiefs of late and distant times, Come, Spirits, come-behold War’s bloody Red in their country's safety, not its crimes, spoils,
Press through the host, and spread the The child of nature, and the man of toils,
hallow'd hand, Virtue's strong breast, and Freedom's well- The Chief to welcome to their glorious
band : At rest for ever from his lov'd alarms The pearly drop slines o'er the mighty Here Nelson lies the fated ball it sped,
train, And pale he lies upon the hero's bed. And scars long wither'd purple run again.