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Although the success of this maneuvre was evi- mutilate by attempting to repeat it. It was my dent, it is very remarkable that the Scottish gene- fortune, upon one occasion, to hear a horse, in a rals do not appear to have profited by the lesson. moment of agony, utter a thrilling scream, which Almost every subsequent battle which they lost I still consider the most melancholy sound I ever against England was decided by the archers, to heard. whom the close and compact array of the Scottish

22. Lord of the Isles, my trust in thee phalanx afforded an exposed and unresisting mark.

Is firm as Ailsa-rock; The bloody battle of Halidon-hill, fought scarce Rush on with highland sword and targe; twenty years afterward, was so completely gained 1, with my Carrick spearmen, charge.-P. 283. by the archers, that the English are said to have When the engagement between the main bodies lost only one knight, one esquire, and a few foot- bad lasted some time, Brice made a decisive soldiers. At the battle of Neville's Cross, in 1346, movement, by bringing up the Scottish reserve. where David Il was defeated and made prisoner, It is traditionally said, that at this crisis he adJohn de Graham, observing the loss which the dressed the lord of the Isles in a phrase used as a Scots sustained from the English bowmen, offered motto by some of his descendants, “ My trust is to charge and disperse them, if a hundred men-at-constant' in thee." Barbour intimates, that the arms were put under his command. “ But, to con- reserve “assembled on one field,” that is, in the fess the truth." says Fordun, “ he could not pro- same line with the Scottish forces alreally engaged. cure a single horseman for the service proposed.” which leads Lord Hailes to conjecture, that the Of such little use is experience in war, where its Scottish ranks must have been much thinned by results are opposed by habit or prejudice. slaughter, since, in that circumscribed ground,

19. Each braggart churl could boast before, there was room for the reserve to fall into the line.

"Twelve Scottish lives his baldric bore! -P. 282. But the advance of the Scottish cavalry must have Roger Ascham quotes a similar Scottish pro- contributed a good deal to form the vacancy occuverb, “ whereby they give the whole praise of pied by the reserve. shooting honestly to Englishmen, saying thus, L 23. To arms they flew,-axe, club, or spear,

that every English archer beareth under his girdle! And mimic ensign's high'they rear.-P. 283. twenty-four Scottes.' Indeed, Toxophilus says be- The followers of the Scottish camp observed, fore, and truly of the Scottish 'nation, the from the Gillies' hill in the rear, the impression Scottes surely be good men of warre in theyre owne produced upon the English army by the bringing feates as can be; but as for shootinge, they can up of the Scottish reserve, and, prompted by the neither use it to any profite, nor yet challenge its enthusiasm of the moment, or the desire of plunfor any praise.' "-Works of Ascham, edited by der, assumed, in a tumultuary manner, such arms Bennet. 4to. D. 110.

as they found nearest, fastened sheets to tent-poles, It is said, I trust incorrectly, by an ancient En- and lances, and showed themselves like a new ar glish historian, that the “good lord James of Dou- my advancing to battle. glas” dreaded the superiority of the English ar

Yeomen, and swanys,* and pitaill,+ chers so much, that when he made any of them

That in the park yemet victual, i prisoner, he gave him the option of losing the fore

Were left; when they wist but lesing finger of his right hand, or his right eye, either

That their lords with full fighting

On their foes assembled were; species of mutilation rendering him incapable to

One of their selwyn, that were there use the bow. I have mislaid the reference to this

Captain of them all they made. singular passage.

And sheets, that were somedale braid, 20. Down! down! in headlong overthrow,

They fastened instead of banners

U pon long trees and spears.
Horseman and horse, the foremost go.-P. 282,

And said that they would see the fight,
It is generally alleged by historians, that the And help their lords at their might,
English men-at-arms fell into the hidden snare

When her till all assented were,

In a rout assembled er," which Bruce had prepared for them. Barbour

Fifteen thousand they were, or ma, does not mention this circumstance. According

And than in great haste gan they go, to his account, Randolph, seeing the slaughter With their banners, all in a route, made by the cavalry on the right wing among the As they had men been styvett and stout.

They came with all that assembly, archers, advanced courageously against the main

Right till they might the battle see; body of the English, and entered into close com

Then all at once they gave a cry, bat with them. Douglas and Stuart, who com

“ Slay! Slay! Upon them hastily!” manded the Scottish centre, led their division also Barbour's Bruce, vol. ii, Book xiii, pp. 153, 4. to the charge, and the battle becoming general The unexpected apparition, of what seemed a along the whole line, was obstinately maintained new ar

new army, completed the confusion which already on both sides for a long space of time; the Scottish prevailed among the English, who fled in every archers doing great execution among the English direction, and were pursued with immense slaugh. men-at-arms, after the bowmen of England were

ter. The brook of Bannock, according to Barbour, dispersed.

was so choked with the bodies of men and horses, 21. And steeds that shriek in agony.-P. 282, that it might have been passed dry-shodl. The folI have been told that this line requires an ex-| lowers of the Scottish camp fell upon the disheartplanatory note; and, indeed, those who witness the ened fugitives, and added to the coufusion and silent patience with which horses submit to the slaughter. Many were driven into the Forth, and most cruel usage may be permitted to doubt that, perished there, which, by the way, could hardly in inuments of sudden or intolerable anguish, they have happened, had the armies been drawn up utter a most melancholy cry. Lord Erskine, in a east and west, since in that case, to get at the rive speech made in the House of Lords, upon a bill er, the English fugitives must have fled through for enforcing humanity towards animals, noticed Swains. + Rabble. Kept the provisicns. Lying. this remarkable fact, in language which I will not Selves. Somewhat. • Are,

+ Suit

the victorious army. About a short mile from the field de Cambuskyneth concordatum fuit finaliter fudi. of battle is a place called the Bloody Folds. Here catum (ac super) hoc statutum de consilio et asthe earl of Gloucester is said to have made a stand, sensu episcoporum et ceterorum prelatorum coand died gallantly at the lead of his own military mitum baronum et aliorum nobilium regni Scoeie tenauls and vassals. He was much regretted by nec non et tocius communitaus regni predicti quod both sides; and it is said the Scottish would glad- omnes qui contra fidem et pacem dicti domini reJy have saved his life, but neglecting to wear his gis in bello sue alihi mortui sunt (vel qui dic] to surcoat with armorial bearings over his armour, die ad pacein ejus et fidem non venerant licet see he fell unknown, after his horse had been stabbed pius vocati et legitime expectati fuissent de terris with spears.

et tenementis et omni alio statu intra regnum SooSir Marmaduke Twenge, an English knight, cie perpetuo sint exheredati et habeantur de cetecontrived to conceal himself during the fury of the ro tanquam inimici regis et regni ab omni venpursuit, and when it was somewhat slackened, ap- dicacione juris hereditarii vel juris alterius cujus proached king Robert. " Whose prisoner are cunque in posterum pro se et heredibus suis in you, sir Marmaduke?” said Bruce, to whom he perpetuum privati ad perpetuam igitur rei mewas personally known. “ Yours, sir,” answered moriam et evidentem probacionem hujus judicii the knight. ''I receive you,” answered the king; et statuti sigilla episcoporum et aliorum pretsand, treating him with the utmost courtesy, loaded torum nec non et comitum baronum ac eeteronum him with gitis, and dismissed him without ransom. nobilium dicti regni presenti ordinacioni judicio The other prisoners were well treated. There et statuto sunt appensa. might be policy in this, as Bruce would naturally

Sigillum Domini Regis wish to acquire the good opinion of the English

Sigillum Willelmi Episcopi Sancti Andree barons, who were at this time at great variance Sigillum Roberti Episcopi Glascuensis with their king. But it also well accords with his Sigillum Willelmi Episcopi Dunkeldensis high chivalrous character.

- - - Episcopi 24. O! give their hapless prince his due.-P. 283. · · · Episcopi

Edward II, according to the best authorities,

- - Episcopi showed, in the fatal field of Bannockburn, per

Sigillum Alani Episcopi Sodorensis

Sigillum Johannis Episcopi Brechynensis sonal gallantry not unworthy of his great sire and greater son. He remained on the field till forced

Sigillum Andree Episcopi Ergadiensis away by the earl of Pembroke, when all was lost.

Sigillum Frechardi Episcopi Cathanensis

Sigillum Abbatis de Scona He then rode to the castle of Stirling, and demand

Sigillum Abbatis de Calco ed admittance; but the governor remonstrating

Sigillum Abbatis de Abirbrothok upon the imprudence of shutting himself up in that fortress, which must so soon surrender, he

Sigillum Abbatis de Sancta Cruce

Sigillum Abbatis de Londoris assembled around his person five hundred men-at

Sigillum Abbatis de Newbotill arms, and, avoiding the field of battle and the victorious army, fled towards Linlithgow, pursued by

Sigillum Abbatis de Cupro

Sigillum Abbatis de Paslet Douglas with about sixty horse. They were augmented by sir Lawrence Abernethy with twenty

Sigillum Abbatis de Dumfermelyn more, whom Douglas met in the Torwood, upon

Sigillum Abbatis de Lincluden

Sigillum Abbatis de Insula Missarum their way to join the English army, and whom he

Sigillum Abbatis de Sancto Columba easily persuaded to desert the defeated monarch, and to assist in the pursuit. They hung upon Edl

Sigillum Abbatis de Deer ward's flight as far as Dunbar, too few in number

Sigillum Abbatis de Dulce Ccrde to assail him with effct, but enough to harass his

Sigillum Prioris de Coldinghame

Sigillum Prioris de Rosty not retreat so constantly, that whoever fell an instant behind, was instantly slain, or made prisoner.

Sigillum Prioris Sancti Andree Edward's ignominious flight terminated at Dunbar,

Sigillum Prioris de Pettinwem where the earl of March, who still professed al

Sigillum Prioris de Insula de Lochlevin legiance to him, “ received him full gently.”

Sigillum Senescalli Scocie From thence, the monarch of so great an empire,

Sigillum Willelmi Comitis de Ros and the late commander of so gallant and numerous an army, escaped to Bamborough in a fishing vessel. Bruce, as will appear from the following docu

Sigillum Gilberti de la Haya Constabu arii Scoere ment, lost no time in directing the thunders of

Sigillum Roberti de Keth Mariscali cucie parliamentary censure against such parts of his

Sigillum Hugonis de Ros suljects as did not return to their natural allegi

Sigilluns Jacobi de Duglas ance, after the battle of Bannockburo.

Sigillum Johannis de Sancto Claro

Sigillum Thome de Ros
APUD MONASTERIUM DE CAMBUSKENNETH, Sigillum Alexandri de Settone
XVI DIE NOVEMBRIS M.ccc. XIV.

Sigillum Walteri Haliburtone

Sigillum Davidis de Balfour Judicrum redditum apud Kambuskinet contra

Sigillum Duncani de Wallays omnes illos qui tunc fuerunt contra fidem et pa

Sigillum Thome de Dischington ccm Domini Regis.

Sigillum Andree de Moravia Anno gracie millesimo tricentesimo quarto de Sigillum Archibaldi de Betun cimo sexto die Novembris tenente parliamentum Sigillum Ranulphi de Lyill suum excellentissimo principe domino Roberto Sigillum Malcomi de Balfour Dei gracia Rege Scottorum Ulustri in monasterio Sigillum Normanni de Lesley

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Sigillum Nigelli de Campo bello

PRISONERS.
Sigillum Morni de Musco Campo.

Barons and baronets. John Blewet,
Henry de Boun, earl of Roger Corbet,
Hereford,

Gilbert de Boun, 25, Nor for De Argentine alone,

Lord John Giffard, Bartholomew de Ener Through Ninian's church these torches shone, William de Latimer, field,

And rose the death-prayer's awful tone.-P. 284. Maurice de Berklev. Thomas de Ferrers, The remarkable circumstances attending the

Ingelram de Umfraville, Radulph and Thomas death of De Argentine have been already noticed,

Marmaduke de Twenge, Bottetort, (p. 291.) Besides this renowned warrior, there fell |

| Jolin de Wyletone, John and Nicholas de many representatives of the noblest houses in En

Robert de Maulee, Kingstone, (brothers,) gland, which never sustained a more bloody and

Henry Filz-Hugh, William Lovel, disastrous defeat. Barbour says that two hundred

Thomas de Gray, Henry de Wileton, pairs of gilded spurs were taken from the field of

Walter de Beauchamp, Baldwin de Frevili, battle; and that some were left the author can bear

Richard de Charon,

John de Clivedon, ** vitness, who has in his possession a curious antique

John de Wevelmton, Adomar la Zouche, spur, dug up in the morass not long since.

Robert de Nevil, Joho de Merewode, " It was forsooth a great ferlie,

Jolin de Segrave, Jobu Maule,t
To see samynosa fele dead lie.
Two hundred spurs that were reidt.

Gilbert Peeche,

Thomas and Odo Lele Were taen of knights that were dead."

John (le Clavering,

Ercedekene, I am now to take my leave of Barbour, not | Antony de Lucy, Robert Beaupel, (the without a sincere wish that the public may encour- Radulph de Camys, son,) age the undertaking of my friend, Dr. Jamieson, John de Evere,

John Mautrevers, (the who has issued proposals for publishing an accu- | Andrew de Abremhyn. son,) mte edition of his poem, and of Blind Harry's

Knights.

William and William Wallace. The only good edition of the Bruce was Thomas de Berkely, Giffard. published by Mr. Pinkerton, in 3 vols., in 1790; The son of RogerTyrrel, And thirty-four otlier and the learned editor having had no personal Anselm de Mareschal, knights, not named by sccess to consult the manuscript, it is not without Giles de Beauchamp, the historian. errors; and it has besides become scarce. Of Wal-John Cyfrewast, Jace there is no tolerable edition; yet these two poems do no small honour to the early state of And in sum, there were there slain, along with the Scottish poetry, and the Bruce is justly regarded earl of Gloucester, forty-two barons and banneos containing anthentic historical facts. I

rets. The number of earls, barons, and bannerets The following list of the slain at Bannockburn, made captive, was twenty-two, and sixty-eight extracted from the continuator of Trivet's Annals, knights. Many clerks and esquires were also there will show the extent of the national calamity slain or taken. Roger de Northburge, keeper of “ LIST OF THE SLAIN.

the king's signet, (custos targia domini regis,) was Barons and knight ban- Simon Ward,

made prisoner with his two clerks, Roger de Wanerets.

Robert de Felton, kenfelde and Thomas de Swinton, upon which Gilbert de Clare, earl of Michael Poyning, the king caused a seal to be made, and entitled it

...oucester, , Edmund Maulley. his privy seal, to distinguish the same from the Robert de Clifford,

signet so lost. The earl of Hereford was exchanged Payan Tybetot,

Knights.

against Bruce's queen, who had been detained in William le Mareschal, Henry de Boun, captivity ever since the year 1906. The targia, or John Comyn,

Thomas de Ufford, signet, was restored to England through the in(Filliam de Vescey, John de Elsingfelde, tercession of Ralph de Monthermer, ancestor of John de Montfort, John de Harcourt, lord Moira, who is said to have found favour in Nicolas de Hasteleigh, Walter de Hakelut, the eyes of the Scottish king."- Continuation of William Dayncourt, Philip de Courtenay, Trivet's Annals, Hall's edit. Oxford, 1712, vol. ii, Ægidius de Argen- Hugo de Scales, teyue,

Radulph de Beauchamp, Such were the immediate consequences of the Edmund Comyn, ...

John de Penbrigge, field of Bannockburn. Its more remole effects, in John Lovel, (the rich) With thirty-three others completely establishing the national independence Edmond de Hastynge, of the same rank, not of Scotland, afford a boundless field for speculaMilo de Stapleton,

namned.

tion.

p. 14.

Thomas the Rhymer.

IN THREE PARTS.

PART I.

of The Rhymer. Uniting, or supposed to unite, Few personages are so renowned in tradition as in his person, the powers of poetical composition, Thomas of Ercildoun, known by the appellation and of vaticination, bis memory, even after the lapse

of five hundred years, is regarded with veneration • Together.

+ Red, or gilded.

by his countrymen. To give any thing like a certain Both these works have now been published, in a bistory of this remarkable man, would be indeed splendid form, and with extreme accuracy, by the learned and reverend doctor.

• Supposed Clinton,

+ Maul.

difficult; but the curious may derive some satis- words) the uncertainty of antiquity, must have at faction from the particulars here brought together. ready involved his character and writings. In a

It is agreed, on all hands, that the residence, charter of Peter de Haga de Bemersyde, which and probably the birth-place, of this ancient bard, unfortunately wants a date, the Rhymer, a near was Ercildoun, a village situated upon the Leader, neighbour, and, if we may trust tradition, a friend two miles above its junction with the Tweed of the family, appears as a witness.- Chartulary of The ruins of an ancient tower are still pointed out Melrose. as the Rhymer's castle. The uniform tradition It cannot be doubted, that Thomas of Ercildoun bears, that his surname was Lermont, or Lear-was a remarkable and important person in his own mont; and that the appellation of The Rhymer was time, since, very shortly after his death, we find conferred on him in consequence of his poetical him celebrated as a prophet, and as a poet. Whucompositions. There remains, nevertheless, some ther he himself made any pretensions to the first doubt upon this subject. In a charter, which is of those characters, or whether it was gratuitously subjoined at length, the son of our poet designs conferred upon him by the credulity of posterity, himself, “ Thomas of Ercildoun, son and heir of it seems difficult to decide. If we may believe Thomas Rymour of Ercildoun,” which seems to Mackenzie, Learmont only versified the propheimply, that the father did not bear the here/litary cies delivered by Eliza, an inspired nun, of a con name of Learmont; or, at least, was better known vent at Haddington. But of this there seems not and distinguished by the epithet which he had ac- to be the most distant proof. On the contrary, all quired by his personal accomplishments. I must, ancient authors, who quote the Rhymer's prophehowever, remark, that, down to a very late period, cies, uniformly suppose them to have been emitted the practice of distinguishing the parties, even in by himself. Thus, in Winton's Chronicle, formal writings, by the epithets which had been

Of this fycht quilum spak Thomas bestowed on them from personal circumstances, Or Ersysdoune, that sayd in Derne, instead of the proper surnames of their families, Thare suld mcít stalwarthly, starke, and sterne.

He sayd it in his prophecy; was common, and indeed necessary, among the

But how he wist it was ferly. border clans. So early as the end of the thirteenth

Book viii, chap. 32. century, when surnames were hardly introduced there could have been no ferlu. (marvel. Jio Wine in Scotland, this custom must have been universal.

ton's eyes at least, how Thomas came by his There is, therefore, nothing inconsistent in sup-I knowledge of future events, had he ever heard of posing our poet's name to have been actually Lear-I the inspired nun of Haddington; which, it cannot mont, although, in this charter, he is distinguish- l be doubted, would have been a solution of the ed by the popular appellation of The Rhymer.

mystery, much to the taste of the prior of LochWe are better able to ascertain the period at levin.' which Thomas of Ercildoun lived; being the latter Whatever doubts, however, the learned might end of the thirteenth century. I am inclined to have a

to have, as to the source of the Rhymer's prophetic place his death a little farther back than Mr. Pin-la

h skill, the vulgar had no hesitation to aseri.. the kerton, who supposes that he was alive in 1300;1.

0; whole to the intercourse between the bard and the (List of Scottish Poets:) which is hardly, I think, consistent with the charter already quoted, byl was carried off. at an early age, to the Fairy Land.

K; queen of Paery. The popular tale bears, that Thomas which his son, in 1299, for himself and his heirs,

rs; where he acquired all the knowledge which made conveys to the convent of the Trinity of Soltre, the him afterwards so famous. After seven years relenement which he possessed by inheritance (he-1 sidence he was vermitted to return to the earth, reditarie) in Ercildoun, with all claim which he, I to enlighten and astonish his countrymen by his or bis predecessors, could pretend thereto. From

prophetic powers; still, however, remaining bound this we may infer, that the Rhymer was now dead; since we find his son disposing of the family pro-l intimate her pleasure.t Accordingly, while Tho

I dead; to return to his royal mistress, when she should perty. Still, however, the argument of the learned historian will remain unimpeached, as to the tower of Ercildoun, a person came running in, and

- mas was making merry with his friends in the time of the poet's birth. For if, as we learn from told, with marks of fear and astonishment, that a Barbour, f his prophecies were held in reputation hart and hiud had left the neighbouring forest, and as early as 1306, when Bruce slew the Red Comyn,

omy: were composedly and slowly parading the street the sanctity, and (let me add to Mr. Pinkerton's

of the village. The prophet instantly arose, left From the Chartulary of the Trinity House of Soltre, bis habitation, and followed the wonderful animals Advocates' Library, W. 4. 14.

to the forest, whence he was never seen to return. ERSYLTON.

According to the popular belief, he still “ drees Omnibus bas literas visuris vel audituris Thomas de Henry, the minstrel, who introduces Thomas into the Ercildoun filius et heres Thomæ Rymour de Ercildoun history of Wallace, expresses the same doubt as to the salutem in Domino. Noveritis me per fustem et baculum source of his prophetic knowledge, in pleno judicio resignasse ac per presentes quietem elamasse pro me et heredibus meis Magistro domus Sanc

Thomas Rhymer into the faile was than te Trinitatis de Soltre et fratribus ejusdem domus totam

With the minister, which was a worthy man. terram meam cum omnibus pertinentibus suis quam in

He used oft to that religious place; tenemento de Ercildoun hereditarie tenui renunciando

The people deemed of wit he meikle can, de toto pro me et heredibus meis omni jure et clameo quæ

And so he told, though that they bless or ban, egustu antecessores mei in eadem terra alioque tempore

Which happened sooth in many divers case; de perpetuo habuimus sive de futuro habere possumus.

I cannot say by wrong or righteousness, In cujus rei testimonio presentibus his sigillum meum

In rule of war whether they tint or wan: apposui data apud Ercildoun die Martis proximo post

It may be deemed by division of grace, &e. festum Sanctorum Apostolorum Symonis et Jude Anno

History of Wallace, Book 1. Domini Millesimo ce Nonagesimo Nono.

+ See a Dissertation on Fairies, prefixed to the ballad + The lines alluded to are these:

of TAMLANE, Minstrelsy of the Border, vol. i, p. 237. I hope that Tomas's prophesie,

There is a singular resemblance betwixt this tradition. of Erceldoun shall truly be

and an incident occurring in the life of Merlin Calede jas. In him, &co

which the reader will find a few pages on wand.

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his weir" in t'airy Land, and is expected one day “Now, ye maun go wi' me," she said; to revisit earth. In the mean while, his memory “True Thomas, ye maun go wi' me; is held in the most profound respect. The Eildon And ye maun serve me seven years, tree, from beneath the shade of which he deliver- Through weal or wo as may chance to be.” ed his prophecies, now no longer exists; but the She mounted on her milk-white steed, spot is marked by a large stone, called Eildon tree. She's ta'en true Thomas up behind; stone. A neighbouring rivulet takes the name of | And aye, whene'er her bridle rung, the Bogle Burn, 'Goblin Brook) from the Rhy: The steed flew swifter than the wind. mer's superpatural visitants. The veneration paid to his dwelling-place even citached itself in some they rane on, and farther on; degree to a person, who, within the memory of.. The steed gaed swifter than the wind: man, chose to set up his residence in the ruins of Until they reached a desert wide, Learmont's tower. The name of this man was! And living land was left behind. Murray, a kind of herbalist; who, by dint of some “Light down, light down, now, true Thomas knowledge in simples, the possession of a musicalAnd lean your head upon my knee: clock, an electrical machine, and a stuffed alliga- | Abide, and rest a little space, tor, added to a supposed communication with! And I will show you ferlies three. Thomas the Rhymer, lived for many years in very | “O see ye not yon narrow road, good credit as a wizard.

So thick beset with thorns and briers? It seeined to the author unpardonable to dismiss That is the path of righteousness, a person, so important in border tradition as the “The Rhymer, without some farther notice than a simple commentary upon the following ballad. It is given |“And see not ye that braid, braid road. from a copy, obtained from a lady, residing not. That lies across that lily leven? far from Ercildoun, corrected and enlarged by one. That is the path of wickedness, in Mrs. Brown's MSS. The former copy, how- Though some call it the road to heaven. ever, as might be expected, is far more minute as “ And see not ye that bonny road, to local description.* To this old tale the author That winds about the fernie brae! has ventured to add a second part, consisting of all That is the road to fair Elfland, kind of cento, from the printed prophecies vul-| Where thou and I this night maun gae: garly ascribed to the Rhymer; and a third part,

ial" But, Thomas, ye maun hold your tongue, entirely modern, founded upon the tradition of his having returned with the hart and hind to the l Whatever ye may hear or see: lend of Faerie. To make his nence with the more | For, it you speak word in Elflyn land, land of Faerie. To make his peace with the more vondent book

m inin intis severe antiquaries, the author has prefixed to the second part some remarks on Learmont's prophe-10 they rade on, and farther on, cies.

And they waded through rivers aboon the knee,

And they saw neither sun nor moon,
PART I.-ANCIENT.

But they heard the roaring of the sea..
TRUE Thomas lay on Huntlie bank;

It was mirk, mirk night, and there was nae stern A ferlie he spied wi' his ee;

light, And there he saw a ladye bright,

And they waded through red blude to the knee,

For a' the blude that's shed on earth, Come riding down by the Eildon tree.

Rins through the springs o' that countrie. Her shirt was o'the grass-green silk,

Syne they came on to a garden green, Her mantle o' the velvet fyne;

And she pu'd an apple frae a tree;i At ilka tett of her horse's mane,

“Take this for thy wages, true Thomas; Hang fifty siller bells and nine.

It will give thee the longue that can never lie.” True Thomas he pulled aff his cap,

“My tongue is mine ain,” true Thomas said; And louted low down to his knee,

"A gudely gift ye wad gie to me! “ All hail, thou mighty queen of heaven!

I neither dought to buy nor sell, For thy peer on earth I never did see."

At fair or tryst, where I may be. « O no, O no, Thomas,” she said;

“I dought neither speak to prince or peer, “That name does not belang to me;

Nor ask of grace from fair ladye.” I am but the queen of fair Elfand,

“ Now hold thy peace!” the ladye said, That am hither come to visit thee.

“For, as I say, so must it be.” “Harp and carp, Thomas,” she said;

He has gotten a coat of the even cloth, “Harp and carp along with me;

And a pair of shoes of velvet green; And if ye dare to kiss my lips,

And, till seven years were gane and past,

True Thomas on earth was never seen.
Sure of your body I will be.”
“Betide me weal, betide me wo,
That weirdt shall never danton me.”

PART II.
Syne he has kissed her rosy lips,

The prophecies, ascribed to Thomas of ErcilAll underneath the Eildon tree.

doun, have been the principal means of securing

to him remembrance “ amongst the sons of his I The author has been swce informed, by a most emi-l people.” The author of Sir Tristrem would long Rent antiquary, that there is in existence a MS. copy of this baliad, of very considerable antiquity, of whi3' he ago have joined, in the vale of oblivion, “ Clerk hopes to avail himself on some future occasion.

of Tranent, who wrote the adventures of Schir That weird, c. That destiny shall never frighten me. Gawain," if, by good hap, the same current of

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