dale, died possessed.— ad, A bull oF Pope Adrian IV., confirming the will of Waller de Ridale, knight, in favour of his brother Anschittil de. Ridale, dated 8th April, 1155. 3d, A bull of Pope Alexander III., confirming the said will of Walter de Ridale, bequeathing Co his brother Anschittil the lands of Liliesclive, Whcitunes, etc., and ratifying the birgain betwixt Anschittil and Huctredus, concerning the church of Liliesclive, in consequence of the mediation of Malcolm II., and confirmed by a charier from that monarch. This bull is dated i-ih June, 1160. 4th, A bull of the same pope, contirmiug the will of Sir Anschittil de Ridale, in favour of His son'Walter, cqnveying the said lands of Liliesclive and others, dated tolh March, 1120. It is remarkable, that Ulieselive, otherwise Rydnle, or Riddel, and the Whit tunes, have descended, through a long train of ancestors, without ever passing into u collateral line, to the person of Sir John Buchanan Riddcll, Bart, of Riddell, the lineal descendant {and representative of Sir Anschittil.—These circumstances appeared worthy of notice in a Dorder work.

Note 21. Stanza xxx. Ai glanced his aye o'er Ilalldoa. H.ilidon was an ancient seat of the Kerrsof Cessford. now demolished. About a quarter of a mile to the northward lay the held of battle betwixt Buccleocb and Angus, which is called to this day the Skirmish Field. —See the 41I1 note on this Canto.

Note 21. Stanza xtxi. Old Mflroi" row.', and fair Tweed ran. The ancient and beautiful monastery of Melrose was founded by King David I. Its ruins afford the finest specimen of Gothic architecture and Gothic sculpture which Scotland can boast. The stone of which it is built, though it has resisted the weather for so many ages, retains perfect sharpness, so that even the most minute ornaments seem as entire as when newly wrought. lu some of tlie cloisters, as is hinted in the nexl Canto, there are representations of flowers, vegetables, etc., carved In stone, with accuracy and precision so delicate, that we almost distrust our senses, when we consider the difficulty of subjecting so hard a substance to such intricate and exquisite modulation. This superb convent was dedicated to St Mary, and the monks were of the cisiertian order. At the time of the Reformation, they shared in the general reproach of sensuality and irregularity, thrown upon the Roman churchmen. The old words of Galastiiels, a favourite Scottish air, ran thus:

O the monk* of Metros nade jrndc kilt-'

<>a r'ridayi when thry fatted; Tlwy manual neither Iwef nor ale,

Aa I on [j a* 1 heir ucitfl.bouri' U»1m1.


Note 1. Stanza 1.
When •lifer edge* the ieufterr,
Aod the Utoiu that it a, h ihee lo INc and die.

The buttresses ranged along the sides of the ruins of Melrose Abbey are, according to the Gothic style, richly

1 EmU, broth.

carved and fretted, containing niches for the statues of saints, and labelled with scrolls, bearing appropriate texts of scripture. Most of these statues have been demolished.

Note 2. Stanza i.

Si OaTid'i rnln'd pile.

David I. of Scotland purchased the reputation of sanctity, by founding, and liberally endowing, not only the monastery of Melrose, but those of Kelso, Jedburgh, and many others, which led to the well-known observation of bis successor, that he was a sore saint for the crown.

Note 3. Stanza it.

laods aod livings, ninny a rood.

Had (jified ihe ilirine fur their aoola'repoee

The Buccleuch family were great benefactors to the Abbey of Melrose. As early as the reign of Robert IL, Robert Scott, baron of Murdieston and Rankelburn (now Buccleuch), gave to the monks the lands of Iliokcry, in Ettrick Forest, pro salute animat sua. Char~ tulnry of Melrose, 28th May, i4t5.

Note 4. Stanza vi.

Prayer know I hardly one;

Sere to patter an Ave Mary,
When 1 ride on a Border foray.

The Borderers were, as may be supposed, very iffiw rant about religious matters. Colville, in his Paranesn, or Admonition, states, that,the reformed divines were so far from undertaking distant jouruies to convert tear Heathen, « as I wold wis at God (hat ye wold onhj go hot to the Hielands and Borders of our own realm, 10 gain ourawiu conn trey men, who, for lack of perching and ministration of the sacraments, must, with ryme, becnm either inlidells or atheists.)* But we learn, from Lesly, that, however deficient in real religion, they regularly told their beads, and never with more zeal than when going on a plundering expedition.

Note 5. Stanza vii. —bttneatb their feet were lb<- bonet of ibe deed. The cloisters were frequently used as places of sepulture. An instance occurs in Dryburgh Abbey, where the cloister has an inscription, hearing, Bicjacetfratrr Archibaldus,

Note 6. Stanza viii.
So had he *wn. in fair"Ca»lile.

The youth in i;Jiiie-rini; »quadrona atari;
Sudden llie flyioii jennet wheel,
Aod hurl ehe ^lex^.vwd .tart.

«■ By my failh,» sayd the Duke of l*anca*ter (to « Portuguese squire), « of all the featcs of armes that the Castcllyans, and they nF your countrey dolh use, the rnstynge of their dartes best pleaseth me. aud gladly I woldc see it; for, as I hear say, if they strike oor aryghte, without he be well armed, the dart will pierce him ihrughe.e—« By my fayth, sir,« uyd the squyrr. «ye sav irouth; for 1 have seen many a grete stroke given with them, which at one time cost us dercly, aud was to us great displeasure; for, at the said skyrnmtee, SirJohuLaurcnrt'of Covgnc was striken with a dart to such wise, that the head perccd all the plates of liu cote of mayle, and a sacke slopped with sylke, and rw*.*e«i thrughe his body, so th^t he fell down d.-.id. — r'misS4»T, vol. II, ch. 44— This mode of lighting with dart

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threw his unfortunate prisoner, horse and man, into a dungeon, and left him to perish of hunger. It is said, the miserable captive prolonged his existence for several days by l!ie corn which fell from a granary above the vault iu which he was conliucd.1 So weak was the royal authority, that David, although highly incensed at this atrocious murder, found himself obliged to appoint the Knight of Liddcsdale successor to his victim, as sheriff of Tcviotdale. hut he was soon after slain, while hunting iu Ettrick Forest, by his own godsou and chieftain, William, Earl of Douglas, iu revenge, according to some authors, of Ramsay's murder: although a popular tradition, preserved in a ballad quoted by Godscrofi, and some parts of which are still preserved, ascribes the resentment of the earl to jealousy. The place where the Knight of Liddesdale was killed is called, from his name, William-Cross, upon the ridge of a hill caticd William-Hope, betwixt Tweed aiid Yarrow. His body, according to Godscrofi, was carried to Lindeau church the first night after his death, aud thence to Melrose, where he was interred with great pomp, and where his tomb is still shown.

Note <)■ Stanza xti.

Tbe moon on the eait oriel tbooe.
It is impossible to conceive a more beautiful specimen
of the lightness and elegance of Gothic architecture,
when in its purity, than the eastern window of Melrose
Abbey. Sir James Hall of Dunglass, Bart., has, with
great ingenuity and plausibility, traced the Gothic order
through its various forms, and seemingly eccentric or-
naments, to an architectural imitation of wicker work;
of which, as we learn from some of the legends, the
earliest christian churches were constructed. In such
an edifice, the original of the clustered pillars is traced
to a set of round posts, begirt with slender rods of wil-
low, whose loose summits were brought to meet from
all quarters, and bound together artificially, so as to
produce the frame-work of the roof; and the tracery
of our Gothic windows is displayed in the meeting and
interlacing of rods and hoops, affording an inexhausti-
ble variety of beautiful forms of open work. This in-
genious system is alluded to in the romance. Sir James
Hall's Essay on Gothic Architecture is published iu The
Edinburgh Philosophical Transactions.

.Note io. Stanza xii.
They unit- them down on a marble none,
A SoUiitb monur, Ii slept below.
A large marble stone, in the chancel of Melrose, is
pointed out as the monument of Alexander II., one of

1 There is sometliin5 affcL-tinp in the manuer in which the old Prior of Loebleven turoftWroiti deu-ribinff tbe deaili of the j;alluni [Unuay to tbe general torrow which it excited:

To tell you there of the: monerc.
It I* Ixir torrow tor lil liere;
He we* tlie i;r'*iiu*t inenyd man
That oay oowlh liaye tlio*cht of than.
Of hii lUte, or of mare be fare;
All meynt liiui, baili beityr nod war;
Tlie ryctiv and pure bini mcoyd bath.
For of lii* ilede wa* oii-Wil *kaih.

Some ypar* «(;o a person dij;^inft for alone*, abonl the old entile of tier mi u j-e, broke into a vault containing * quantity of chaff, iutnv bones, and \>iea:* of iron; ainoug*t otber*, tbe curb of un ancient bridle, which the author ha» lince given to tbo Karl of llalbou»ie, under tbe iinpretsiou, tbwt it powibly may ke a rvliijue of bit brave uuewtor. The worthy clergyman of the pariah hap Iuciilioned tb!» disoorery in hit •latiiiical aocmiBt of Cutletown.

the greatest of our early kings; others say it Is the resting-place of Waldeve, one of the early abbots, who died in the odour of sanctity.

Note 11. Stanza xiii.

———the wondrous VJchael Scott.

Sir Michael Scott of Balwearie flourished during the 13th century, and was one of the ambassadors sent to bring the Maid of Norway to Scotland upon the death of Alexander III. By a poetical anachronism, he is here placed in a later a?ra. He was a man of much learning, chiefly acquired in foreign countries. He wrote a commentary upon Aristotle, printed at Venice In 1490; and several treatises upon natural philosophy, from which he appears to have*' been addicted to the abstruse studies of judicial astrology, alchemy, physiognomy, and chiromancy. Hence he passed among his contemporaries for a skilful magician. Dempster informs us, that he remembers to have heard in his youth, that the magic books of Michael Scott were still in existence, but could not be opened without danger, on account of the malignant fiends who were thereby invoked, Dempsteri /listeria Ecclesiastical 1627, lib. xii, p. 495. Lesly characterises Michael Scott, as sinyttlari philosophic, astronomiar, ac medicinat laude prestans; dicebatur pe~ nitissimos magiat recessus indagasse.» Dante also mentions him as a renowned wizard:'

QneM" nkro cM urn' flinch! i ooil poco
■icbelc Soot to fu, cbe Tenotome
Ddle mag Icfae-frode aeppe II glaoco.

lHsTi. — Darin* Cbmttia, Canto XXmo.

A personage, thus spoken of by biographers and historians, loses little of his mystical fame in vulgar tradition. Accordingly, the memory of Sir Michael Scott survives in many a legend; and in the south of Scotland, any work of great labour and antiquity is ascribed cither to the agency of Auld Michael, of Sir William Wallace, or of the devil. Tradition varies concerning the place of his burial; some contend for Holme Coltrarrie, in Cumberland; others for Mflrose Abbey. But all agree, that hjs books of magic were interred in life grave, or preserved in the convent where he died. Satchells, wishing to give some authority for his account of the origin of the name of Scott, pretends, that, in 1629, he chanced to be at Butgh under Bowness, in Cumberland, where a person, named Lancelot Seott, showed him an extract from Michael Scott's works, containing that story:

He laid ibr book which he Kith me

Vm of Sir Michael Scot* a Matorie;

Which hlatury was never ye! read ihroagfa.

Nor never will, mr no man dare It do.

Yoang at holar* have pick'd out something

From the content*, thai dar- not read within.

He carried me a!<inj* ihe cattle then.

And abew'd l.ii written book banking on on Iron pin.

Hi* writing pen did teem 10 mu to lie

Of hardened meial, like ateet, or accamle;

The volume or ii did teem ■« large 10 me,

Aa the book of Mart jr* and Turka biatorle.

Then In the church he let me see

A atone where Sir Michael Scott did He;

I aaked at him how that could appear,

Mr Michael had been dead above Hve bandrad year?

lie abew'd me none dnral bury under that atone,

Mora than be had beru'dcad a low years agooe;

For Mr Mlcfaael'a aimo doib terrify each one.

Jinm*** •/ ti,4 Right BonoimbU A'amt 0/ ,S< •> t.

Note is. Stanza xiii.

Salamanca'* cava.

Sp;tfn, from the reliques, doubtless, of Arabian! ing and superstition, was accounted a favourite dence< of magicians. Pope Sylvester, who actual! ported from Spain the use of the Arabian num was supposed to have learned there the magic, for \ he was stigmatised by the ignorance of his age.litim of Malmsbury, lib. ii, cap. 10. There wcrr p schools, where magic, or rather the sciences *up| to involve its mysteries, were regularly taught,! Icdo, Seville, and Salamanca. In the latter city, were held in a deep cavern; the mouth of whirl walled up by Ouccn Isabella, wife of King Fenlii —D'Autun on learned Incredulity, p. 45. Thr* nish schools of magic are celebrated also by the II poets of romance:

Qurtla cilia dl Tolleto-aolaw
Tenere atndlo di negromamla:
V>um dl magica arte ai leggea
PnbblicamenlH e dl pirocuaazia;
E molti geomanii arm pre avea.
E sperimcoii awai d' idroiaamia
E d nitre false opinion di acioccbi
Come e failure, o tpeaao batter gU oochL

it Morqamle Mtffjivrt, Canto irr. flt tl

The celebrated magician Maugis, cousin to Ru of Montaiban, called, J>y Ariosto, Malagigi, studio black art at Toledo, as we learn from L'Histoir Mougis D'Aygremont He even hekl a professor's i in the necromantic university; for so I interpret passage, « qu'en tons les sept arts d'enchantemetU charmes et conjurations, il n'y avoit meiUeurmc que lui; et eto tel renom qu'on le laissoit en chah iappetloit on maistre Maugii.* This Salarnai Doradanicl is said to have been founded by Here If the classic reader enquires where Hercules nid learned magic, he may consult « Lesfaiects etoroi du noble et vaittant Hercules,* where he will lesro, the fable of his aiding Atlas to support the best arose from the said Atlas having taught Hercules noble knight-errant, the seven liberal sciences, anil particular, that of judicial astrology. Such, accoti to the idea of the middle ages, were the stm -< maximus qua docuit Atlas.*—In a romantic his of Roderic, the last Gothic kiug of Spain, lie is *■ have entered one of those enchanted caverns, h situated beneath an ancient tower near Toledo: i when the iron gates, which secured the entrance, * unfolded, there rushed forth so dreadful *w»jrl«i that hitherto no one had dared to penetrate i»l° recesses. But Roderic, threatened with an inva>iot the Moors, resolved to enter the cavern, where he pected to find some prophetic intimation of the c* of the war. Accordingly, his train being furnisuw * torches,-so'artificially composed, that the temped ctf not extinguish them, the king, with great dtfficul penetrated into a square hall, inscribed sll over * Arabian characters. In the midst stood a colossal >wl of brass, representing a Saracen wielding a Moon mace, with which it discharged furious blows on sides, and seemed thus to excite the tempest *">l raged around. Being conjured by Roderic, it <Tfrom striking, until he read, inscribed on the n( hand, « Wretched monarch, for thy evil hastthouco* hither ;* on the left hand, a Thou shalt be disport** f t emfc peopte;» on one shoulder, « / invoke die aai fl/Is**r;- on the oilier « / do mine officer* iVthf king hid decyphcred these ominous inscrip■L&e statue returned to its exercise, the tempest «irrd anew, and Roderic retired, to mourn over spirted erils which approached his throne. He w.*rgate* of the cavern to be locked and barri«t>; :*t, in ibe course of the night, the lover fell ni 1 jnwndous noise, and under its ruins concealed •> rrr ibe entrance to the mystic cavern. The conpi i Spain by the Saracens, and the death of the sfv:«nte Don Roderic, fulfilled the prophecy of the am one Bistoria verdadera del Rey Don Rodrigo w H Mmo AUajde Abuleacim. traduiedu de la rtsu Anhiga por Miquel de Luna, i654, cap. vi.

Note i3. Stanza xiii. TV btlli woald ring in "totre Dame. Tntemne rem tarn negtigenter ?» says Tyrwhitt, f a 'fwieeeisor Speight; who, in his commentary on ■earn, bad omitted, as trivial and fabulous, the story fWiiViad his boai Guingelot, to the great prejudice f aotfmty.the memory of the hero and the boat being •vratircfr lost. That, future antiquaries may lay no ri MDhsioa to my charge, I have noted one or two i at nasi current traditions concerning Michael ■■- He was chosen, it is said, to go upon an etnas*, is obtain from the King of France satisfaction W wtatajHraotes committed by his subjects upou kWffScotamL Instead of preparing a new equipage Oa ^irtidW retinue, the ambassador retreated to his «*ft rtpatA his book, add evoked a fiend in the sliape

■ »bap black horse, mounted upon his back, and ■radhaat© By through the air towards France. As **T owed the sea, the devil insidiously asked his *«k *Tut it was that the old women of Scotland "•sHti bed-time ? A less experienced wizard might ■* artertd, that it was the Pater Noster, whicli ^baw licensed the devil to precipitate him from '■■A. Bat Michael sternly replied, .« What is that

'Jaunt, Dia bolus, and fly !» When he arrived **•. be tied his horse to the gate of the palace, en*"*'-.L-d boldly delivered his message. An ambassador, !*■«•■»> of the pomp and circumstance of diplo*T- *ai not received with much respect, and the ■41* about to return a contemptuous refusal to his *lw4 vben Michael besought him to suspend his ^san till he had seen his horse stamp three times. « W tump shook every steeple in Paris, and caused |**e WU to ring; the second threw down three of

■ *»m of the palace; and ttie infernal steed had ■"■sboof to give the third stamp, when the king ***" eaoar to dismiss Michael, with the most ample

'v*oaS 'ban to stand to the probable consequences,

^^time it is said, that, when residing at the tower

•'■iiood, upon the Ettrick, about three miles above

I"*"*) he heard of the fame of a sorceress, called the

1*** w Fab* hope, who lived on the opposite side of

"•W. Michael went one morning to put her skill to

**, bat was disappointed, by her denying positively

*»*TMWdgc. of the necromantic art. In his dis

***Wiber, belaid his wand inadvertently on the

**< *bich the hag observing, suddenly snatched it

%uA wrack htm wich it. Feeling the force of the

*"". he rushed out of the house; but, as it had con

1 ** °» bim ibe external appearance of a hare, his

servant, who waited without, halloo'd upon the discomfited wizard his own greyhounds, and pursued him so close, that, in order to obtain a moment's breathing to reverse the charm, Michael, after a very fatiguing course, was fain to take refuge in his own jaw-liole (anglice, common sewer). In order to revenge himself of the witch of Falsehope*- Michael, one morning in the ensuing harvest, went to the hill above the house with his dogs, and sent down his servant to ask a bit of bread from the goodwifc Cor his greyhounds, with instructions what to do if he met with a denial. Accordingly, when the witch had refused the boon with contumely, the servant, as his master had directed, laid above the door a paper, -which he had given him, containing, amongst many cabalisticai words, the wellknown rhyme,—

KUitler Hlcbael Scott't nun

Sought nnl nail gat nane.

Immediately the good old woman, instead of pursuing her domestic occupation, which wasJ baking bread for the reapers^ began to dance round the fire, repeating the rhyme, and continued this exercise till her husband sent the rea£fe to the house, one after another, to see what had delayed their provisions; but the charm caught each as they entered, and, losing all idea of returning, they joined in the dance and chorus. At length the ojd man himself went to the house; but as his wife's frolic with Mr Michael, whom he had seen on the hill, made him a Little cautious, he contented himself with looking in at the window, and saw the reaper* at their involuntary exercise, dragging his wife, now completely exhausted, sometimes round, and sometimes through the fire, which was, as qsual, in the midst of the house. Instead of entering, he saddled a horse, rode up the hill, to humble himself before Michael, and beg a cessation of the spell ; which the good-natured warlock immediately granted, directing him to enter the house backwards, and, with his left hand, take the spell from above the door; which accordingly ended the supernatural dance.—This tale was told le«* particularly in former editions, and I have been censured for inaccuracy in doing so.—A similar charm occurs in Huon du Bourdeaux, and in the ingenious Oriental talc called the Caliph fatiiek.

Notwithstanding his victory* over the witch of Falsehope, Michael Scott, like his predecessor Merlin, felt at last a victim to female art. His wifo, or concubine, elicited from him the secret, that his art could ward off any danger except the poisonous qualities of broth, made of the flesh of a breme sow. Such a mess she accordingly administered to the wizard, who died in consequence of eating it; surviving, however, long enough to put to death his treacherous confidant.

Note 14- Stanza xiii.
The wordi that cleft Eildon hillt Io three.
And bridled ibe Tweed wiib 1 curb of auioe.

Michael Scott was, once upon a time, much embarrassed by a spirit, for whom he was under the necessity of finding constant employment. He commanded him to build a cauld, or dam-head, across the Tweed at Kelso; it was accomplished in one night, and still does honour to the infernal architect. Michael next ordered, 1l1.1i Eildon hills, which was then a uniform cone, should be divided into three. Another night was sufficient to part its summit into the three picturesque peaks which it now hours. At length the enchanter conquered this indefatigable demon, by employing him in the hopeless and endless task of making ropes out of sea-sand.

Note 15. Stanza xvii,

Th»l Um|iftliall burn uuqyoocfaably.

Raptista Porta, and other authors who treat of natural magic, talk much of eternal lumps, pretended to have been found burning in aucient sepulchres. Fortunitis Licet us investigates the subject in a treatise, De Lncernit antiquorum reconditii, published at Venice, i(i*i. One of these perpetual lamps is said to have bceu discovered in the tomb of Tulliola, the daughter of Cicero. The wick was supposed to be composed of asl>cstos. kircher enumerates three different receipts for constructing such lamps, and wisely concludes, that the thing is nevertheless impossible.— Mundut Subttrraneus, p.. 71. Dclrio imputes the fabrication of such lights to magical skill.—Disquisitionct Mnyicw, p. 53. In a very rare romance, which « Ireatcth of the lyfe of Virgilius, and of his death, and many ma navies thai he dyd iu his lyfc-time, by wychecrafte and uygramaucyc, throughc the Uuk) of the devyls of hell,» mention is niailc of a very extraordinary process, in which one of these mystical lamps was employed. It seems, that Virgil, as he advanced in years, became desirous of renovating his youth by his uuigical art. for thU purpose he constructed a solitary tower, having only one uarrow portal, in which he placed twenty-four copper figures, armed with iron flails, twelve on each side of the porch. These enchanted statues struck with their Hails incessantly, and rendered all entrance impossible, unless when Virgil touched the spring which stopped their motion. To thin tower he repaired privately, attended by one trusty servant, to whom he communicated the secret of the entrance, and hither they convoyed all the magician's treasure. «Then saydc Virgilius, my dcrc beloved fnende, and be that 1 above alio men trust aud kuowe moostc of my secrete;« aud then he led the man into a cellar, where he made a fayer lamp at all teutons burnyngc. And then sayd Virgilius to the man, « See you the barrel thai staudcth here ?» aud he sayd, « Yea: Therein must you put me: fyrste ye must s|ee me, and hewe me smalle to. pieces, and cut my lied in iiii pieces, and sidle the heed under in the bottom, and thru the pieces there after, aud my herte in the myddel, and then set the barrel uudur the lampe, that uyghtc and day the fnt therein may droppc aud leak; aud ye shall ix dayesloug, ones in the day, fyllthe lampe, and fayle uat. And when this is all done, then shall I he rc-iiucd, and made younge a gen.* At this extraordinary proposal, the coulidanl was sore abashed, aud made Mmhc scruple of obeying his master's commands. At length, however, he complied, and Virgil was slaip, pickled, and barrelled up, in all respects according to his own direction. The servant then left the tower, taking care to put the copper thrashers iu motion at his departure. He continued daily to visit the tower with the same precaution. Meanwhile, the emperor, with whom Virgil was a groat favourite, missed him from the court, and demanded of his sorvaut where he was. The domestic pretended ignorance, till the emperor threatened him with death, when at length ha conveyed him to the enchanted tower. The same threat extorted a discovery of the mode of stopping the statues from wielding their

1 flails. « And then the emperour entered into the castle [ with all his folke, aud sought all aboule in every corner after Virgilius; and at the Inst they soughte sxi lone;, that they came into the seller, where they sawe tic lampe haug over the barrel 1 where Virgilius lay in deed. Then asked the emperor the man, who had made hym so hordy to put his mayster Virgilius so to dctlie; and the man answered no word to the emperour. And then the emperour, with groat anger, drewe out hi* swnrde. and slowe he there Virgihus' man. And when all this was done, then save the emperour, and all In* folke, a naked childe iii tymes reunyngc about liie barrcll, sayinge these wordes, 'Cursed be the tyme thic ye ever came here!' Aud with those wordes saivrshed the cliylde away**, and was never sene ageyne; and thu ■> abyd Virgilius in the harrell docd.» f'irgilius. hi. h-r. printed at Antwerpo by John Dneshorrke. This curious volume is in the valuable library of Mr Douce; and is su|)|K»srd to be a translation from the French, I printed in Flanders for |hc English market. See *,.,►■■: 'Biblioth. franc, it, aa5. Catalogue de la BiblioOteyue Rationale, torn. II, p. 5. De £are. No. 3867.


Note 16. Stanza xxi.

He lbou(*ht, a* be look il, the deid nan frowu'd.

William of Pcktrainc might be strengthened in thi« belief by the well-known story .of the Cid Ruy Diaz. When the body of that famous christian champion was sitting in state by the high altar of the cathedral church of Toledo, where it remained for ten years, j ceriain malicious Jew attempted to pull hun by the beard; but he had no sooner touched the formidable whiskers, than the corpse started up, and lialf unsheathed his sword. The Israelite (led; and so permanent was the effect of his terror, that he Christian. — I Iky woo ns Hierarchic, p. iSo, quoted I Sebastian Cabarruvias Crozee.

Note 17. Stanza xxxi.

Thi* I»ifon'» IHvirf bi* Conner held.

The idea of Lord Oanstnnn's goblin-page is taken from a being called Ci|pin Horner, who appeared, and made some stay, at a farm-hou«e near the llor*t. r mountains. A gentleman of that country has noted down the following particulars concerning his appearance:

« The only certain, at least, most probable account, that ever I hoard of l.ilpiu Horner, was from an old man of the name of Amlorson, who was t>orn, and lived all his life, at Todshnw-hill, in Kskdale-muir, tlu* pl.irrwhore (>ilpiu appeared and staid for' some time. llr said there were two men, late in the evening, w lien it was growing dark, employed in fastening the hor^e. U|mmi the uttermost part of the ground (that t«, trine: their fore-feet together, to tinnier ihem from travelling far in the night), when they heard .1 voice, distance, crying, * Tint.' tint! tint! l one of I lie 1 named Moffat, called out, 'What de'il ha* tint you? Come hero.' Immediately a creature, of something like a humao form, appeared. It was surprising!* little, distorted in features, and mis-shapen in linil^ As soon as the two men could see it plainly, ihev ran homo in a great fright, imagining they had met with some gohhu. Hy the way Moffat fell, and il ran otrr

1 riaf aignit)** Uu.

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