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Sothly, Thomas, as I telle yo.
The Elfin Queen, after restoring Thomas to earth, pours forth a string of prophecies, in which we distinguish references to the events and personages of the Scottish wars of Edward III. The battles of Dupplin and Halidon are mentioned, and also Black Agnes, Countess of Dunbar. There is a copy of this poem in the Museum of the Cathedral of Lincoln, another in the collection in Peterborough, but unfortunately they are all in an imperfect state. Mr. Jamieson, in his curious Collection of Scottish Ballads and Songs, has an entire copy of this ancient poem, with all the collations. The lacuna of the former editions have been supplied from his copy.
He pressed to pulle fruyt with his hand,
ALLUSIONS TO HERALDRY.-P. 576.
“The muscle is a square figure like a lozenge, but it is always voided of the field. They are carried as principal figures by the name of Learmont. Learmont of Earlstoun, in the Merss, carried or on a bend azure three muscles; of which family was Sir Thomas Learmont, who is well known by the name of Thomas the Rhymer, because he wrote his prophecies in rhime. This prophetick herauld lived in the days of King Alexander the Third, and prophesied of his death, and of many other remarkable occurrences; particularly of the union of Scotland with England, which was not accomplished until the reign of James the Sixth, some hundred years after it was foretold by this gentleman, whose prophecies are much esteemed by many of the vulgar even at this day. I was promised by a friend a sight of his prophecies, of which there is everywhere to be had an epitome, which, I suppose, is erroneous, and differs in many things from the original, it having been oft reprinted by some unskil. ful persons. Thus many things are amissing in the small book which are to be met with in the original, particularly these two lines concerning his neighbour, Bemerside :
*Tyde what may betide, Haig shall be laird of Bemerside.
And indeed his prophecies concerning that ancient family have hitherto been true; for, since that time to this day, the Haigs have been lairds of that place. They carrie, Azure a saltier cantoned with two stars in chief and in base argent, as many crescents in the flanques or; and for crest a rock pro per, with this motto, taken from the above-written rhyme* Tide what may.'"-NISBET on Marks of Cadency, p. 158.He adds, “ that Thomas' meaning may be understood h
heraulds when he speaks of kingdoms whose insignia seldom game in his neighbourhood; and, having seated himself upon
Uniri numerum quas pra se solus agebat,
Ire solio mirans equitem, risumque movebat.
Ast ubi vidit eum vates, animoque quis esset
Calluit, extemplo divulsit cornua cerro The strange occupation in which Waldhave beholds Merlin Quo gestabatur, vibrataque jecit in illum, engaged, derives some illustration from a curious passage in Et caput illius penitus contrivit, eumque Geoffrey of Monmouth's life of Merlin, above quoted. The Reddidit exanimem, vitamquc fugavit in auras; poem, after narrating that the prophet had fled to the forest Ocius inde suum, talorum verbere, cervum in a state of distraction, proceeds to mention, that, looking Diffugiens egit, silvasque redire paravit." upon the stars one clear evening, he discerned from his astrological knowledge, that his wife, Gunedolen, had resolved, For a perusal of this curious poem, accurately copied from upon the next morning, to take another husband. As he had a MS. in the Cotton Library, nearly coeval with the author, 1 presaged to her that this would happen, and had promised was indebted to my learned friend, the late Mr. Ritson. There her a nuptial gift (cautioning her, however, to keep the bride is an excellent paraphrase of it in the curious and entertain. groom out of his sight,) he now resolved to make good his ing Specimens of Early English Romances, published by Mr word. Accordingly, he collected all the stage and lesser | Elis.
Lord Ronald's Coronach.'
The simple tradition, upon which the following the Virgin Mary. Day at length came, and the temptstanzas are founded, runs thus : While two Highland ress vanished. Searching in the forest, he found the hunters were passing the night in a solitary bothy, (a bones of his unfortunate friend, who had been tord hut, built for the purpose of hunting,) and making to pieces and devoured by the fiend into whose toile merry over their venison and whisky, one of them ex- he had fallen. The place was from thence called the pressed a wish that they had pretty lasses to complete Glen of the Green Women. their party. The words were scarcely uttered, when Glenfinlas is a tract of forest-ground, lying in the two beautiful young women, habited in green, entered Highlands of Perthshire, not far from Callender in the hut, dancing and singing. One of the hunters was Menteith. It was formerly a royal forest, and now seduced by the siren who attached herself particularly belongs to the Earl of Moray. This country, as well to him, to leave the hut: the other remained, and, as the adjacent district of Balquidder, was, in times Buspicious of the fair seducers, continued to play upon of yore, chiefly inhabited by the Macgregors. To the a trump, or Jew's harp, some strain, consecrated to west of the Forest of Glenfinlas lies Loch Katrine,
and its romantic avenue, called the Troshachs. Ben. 'Coronach is the lamentation for a deceased warrior, sung by ledi, Benmore, and Benvoirlich, are mountains in the ths aged of the clan.
same district, and at no great distance from Glenfin
* In 1801. See ante, p. 565—The scenery of this, the author's 3 The term Sassenach, or Saxon, is applied by the High Arst serious attempt in poetry, reappears in the Lady of the landers to their Low-Country neighbours. Lake, in Waverley, and in Rob Roy.-Ep.
4 See Appendix, Note A. O hone a rie' signifies—" Alas for the prince or chief." 5 See Appendix, Note B.
See Appendix, Note C.
8 Pibroch-A piece of martial music, adapted to the High * Tartans--The full Highland dress, made of the chequered land bagpipe. slut so terıned.