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was disturbed at midnight by the blast of a horn. He sent copy than is usually published. The poetical mantle of Sir out his attendants by two and two, but no one returned with Gilbert Elliot has descended to his family. tidings. At length, when he was left alone, the sound was heard still louder. The champion descended, sword in hand : " My sheep I neglected, I broke my sheep-hook, and, at the gate of the tower, was encountered by the head- And all the gay haunts of my youth I forsook: less spectre of Fawdoun, whom he had sluin so rashly. Wal No more for Amynta fresh garlands I wove; lace, in great terror, fled up into the tower, tore open the Ambition, I said, would soon eure me of love. boards of a window, leapt down fifteen feet in height, and But what had my youth with ambition to do! continued his tight up the river. Looking back to Gask, he Why left I Amynta! why broke I my vow! discovered the tower on fire, and the form of Fawdoun upon the battlements, dilated to an immense size, and holding in “ Through regions remote in vain do I rore, his hand a blazing rafter. The Minstrel concludes,

And bid the wide world secure me from love.

Ah, fool, to imagine, that aught could subdue * Trust ryght wele, that all this be sooth indeed,

A love so well founded, a passion so true! Supposing it to be no point of the creed."

Ah, give me my sheep, and my sheep-hook restore ! The Wallace, Book v. And I'll wander from love and Amynta no more!

Mr. Ellis has extracted this tale as a sample of Henry's poetry.--Specimens of English Poetry, vol. i. p. 351.

" Alas! 'tis too late at thy fate to repine!
Poor shepherd, Amynta, no more can be thine!
Thy tears are all fruitless, thy wishes are vain,
The moments neglected return not again.
Ah! what had my youth with ambition to do!
Why left I Amynta! why broke I my vow!"

Note R.

the Moat-hill's mound,
Where Druid's shades still filled round.--P. 12.

This is a round artificial mount near Hawick, which, from
its name, (Mot. Ang. Sur. Concilium, Conventus,) was

Ancient Ridder's fair domain.-P. 13. probably anciently used as a place for assembling a national council of the adjacent tribes. There are many such mounds The family of Riddell have been very long in possession of in Scotland, and they are sometimes, but rarely, of a square the barony called Riddell, or Ryedale, part of which still form.

bears the latter name. Tradition carries their antiquity to a point extremely remote; and is, in some degree, sanctioned by the discovery of two stone coffins, one containing an earthen

pot filled with ashes and arms, bearing a legible date, A. D. NOTE S.

727; the other dated 936, and filled with the bones of a man

of gigantic size. These coffins were discovered in the foundathe tower of Hazeldean.-P. 13.

tions of what was, but has long ceased to be, the chapel of

Riddell; and as it was argued, with plausibility, that they The estate of Hazeldean, corruptly Hassendean, belonged contained the remains of some ancestors of the family, they fornierly to a family of Scotts, thus commemorated by Satch- were deposited in the modern place of sepulture, comparaells

tively so termed, though built in 1110. But the following " Hassendean came without a call,

curious and authentic documents warrant most conclusively The ancientest house among them all."

the epithet of “ ancient Riddell:" 1st, A charter by David I. to Walter Rydalc, Sheriff of Roxburgh, confirming all the estates of Liliesclite, &c., of which his father, Gervasius de

Rydale, died possessed. 2dly, A bull of Pope Adrian IV., NOTE T.

confirming the will of Walter de Ridale, knight, in favour of

his brother Anschittil de Ridale, dated 8th April, 1155. 3dly, On Dinto-crags the moon-beams glint.-P. 13.

A bull of Pope Alexander III., confirming the said will of

Walter de Ridale, bequeathing to his brother Anschittil the A romantic assemblage of cliffs, which rise suddenly above lands of Liliesclive, Whettunes, &c., and ratifying the barthe vale of Teviot, in the immediate vicinity of the family-seat, gain betwixt Anschittil and Huctredus, concerning the church from which Lord Minto takes his title. A small platform, on of Liliesclive, in consequence of the mediation of Malcolm II., a projecting crag, commanding a most beautiful prospect, is and confirmed by a charter from that monarch. This bull termed Barnhills' Bed. This Barnhills is said to have been a is dated 17th June, 1160. 4thly, A bull of the same Pope, robber, or outlaw. There are remains of a strong tower be-confirming the will of Sir Anschittil de Ridale, in favour of neath the rocks, where he is supposed to have dwelt, and his son Walter, conveying the said lands of Liliesclive and from which he derived his name. On the summit of the crags others, dated 10th March, 1120. It is remarkable, that Lilies. are the fragments of another ancient tower, in a picturesque clive, otherwise Rydale, or Riddell, and the Whittunes, have situation. Among the houses cast down by the Earl of Hart- descended, through a long train of ancestors, without ever forde, in 1545, occur the towers of Easter Barnhills, and of passing into a collateral line, to tho person of Sir John BuchaMinto-crag, with Minto town and place. Sir Gilbert Elliot, nan Riddell, Bart. of Riddell, the lineal descendant and refather to the present Lord Minto,' was the author of a beau- presentative of Sir Anschittil. — These circumstances appeared tiful pastoral song, of which the following is a more correct worthy of notice in a Border work. 2

1 Grandfather to the present Earl. 1819.

. Since the above note was written, the ancient family of Riddell bave parted with all their Scotch estales.-ED.

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gularly told their beads, and never with more zeal than when

going on a plundering expedition.
But tchen Melrose he reach'd tras silence all :
He meetly stalled his steed in stall,
And sought the convent's Lonely wall.-P. 13.

The ancient and beautiful monastery of Melrose was founded
by King David I. Its ruins afford the finest specimen of Gothic So had he seen, in fair Castile,
architecture and Gothic sculpture which Scotland can boast.

The youth in glittering squadrons start; The stone of which it is built, though it has resisted the wca

Sudilen the flying jennet wheel, ther for so many ages, retains perfect sharpness, so that even

And hurt the unexpected dart.-P. 15. the most minute omaments seem as entire as when newly wrought. In some of the cloisters, as is hinted in the next “ By my faith," sayd the Duke of Lancaster, (to a PortuCanto, there are representations of flowers, vegetables, &c., guese squire,) “of all the feates of armes that the Castellyans carved in stone, with accuracy and precision so delicate, that and they of your countrey doth use, the castynge of their dertes we almost distrust our senses, when we consider the difficulty best pleaseth me, and gladly I wolde-se it: for, as I hear say of subjecting so hard a substance to such intricate and exqui- if they strike one aryghte, without he be well armed, the dari site modulation. This superb convent was dedicated to St. will pierce him thrughe."—" By my fayth, sir," sayd the Mary, and the monks were of the Cistertian order. At the squyer, ye say trouth; for I have seen many a grete stroke time of the Reformation, they shared the general reproach of given with them, which at one time cost us derely, and was sensuality and irregularity, thrown upon the Roman church- to us great displeasure; for, at the said skyrmishe, Sir John men. The old words of Galashiels, a favourite Scotch air, ran Lawrence of Coygne was striken with a dart in such wise, that thus:

the head perced all the plates of his cote of mayle, and a sacke

stopped with sylke, and passed thrughe his body, so that he O the monks of Melrose made gude kale,?

fell down dead."-FROISSART, vol. ii. ch. 44.—This mode of On Fridays when they fasted.

fighting with darts was imitated in the military game called They wanted neither beef nor ale,

Jeugo de las canas, which the Spaniards borrowed from their As long as their neighbours' lasted.

Moorish invaders. A Saracen champion is thus described by

Froissart: "Among the Sarazyns, there was a yonge knight 1 Kale, Broth.

called Agadinger Dolyferne; he was always wel mounted on a redy and a lyght horse; it seemed, when the horse ranne, that he did fly in the agre. The knighte seemed to be a good man of armes by his dedes; he bare always of usage three fo

thered dartes, and rychte well he could handle them; and, Note W.

according to their custome, he was clene armed, with a long

white towell about his head. His apparell was blacke, and When buttress and buttress, alternately,

his own colour browne, and a good horseman. The Crysten Seem framed of ebon and ivory;

men say, they thoughte he dyd such deeds of armes for the When silver edges the imagery,

love of some yonge ladye of his countrey. And true it was, And the scrolls that teach thee to live and die.

that he loved entirely the King of Thune's daughter, named

the Lady Azala; she was inherytor to the realme of Thune, Then view St. David's ruin'd pile.—P. 14.

after the discease of the kyng, her father. This Agadinger

was sone to the Duke of Olyserne. I can nat telle if they were The buttresses ranged along the sides of the ruins of Mel- married together after or nat; but it was shewed me, that rose Abbey, are, according to the Gothic style, richly carved this knyght, for love of the sayd ladye, during the siege, did and fretted, containing niches for the statues of saints, and many feates of armes. The knyghtes of France wold fayne labelled with scrolls, bearing appropriate texts of Scripture. have taken hym; but they colde never attrape nor inclose Most of these statues have been demolished.

him; his horse was so swyft, and so redy to his hand, that David I. of Scotland, purchased the reputation of sanctity, alwaics he escaped."-Vol. i. ch. 71. 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 his successor, that he was a sore saint for the crown.

Note Z.

And there the dying lamps did burn,
Before thy low and lonely urn,
O gallant Chief of Otterburne !--P. 15.

Note X.

For mass or prayer car I rarely tarry,

The famous and desperate battle of Otterburne was fought Save to patter an Ave Mary,

15th August 1388, betwixt Henry Percy, called Hotspur, and When I ride on a Border foray.-P. 14.

James, Earl of Douglas. Both these renowned champions were

at the head of a chosen body of troops, and they were rivals The Borderers were, as may be supposed, very ignorant in military fame; so that Froissart affirms, “Of all the batabout religious matters. Colville, in his Paranesis, or Admo- tayles and encounteryngs that I have made mencion of here nition, states, that the reformed divines were so far from un- before in all this hystory, great or smalle, this battayle that dertaking distant journeys to convert the Heathen, “ as II treat of nowe was one of the sorest and best foughton, withwold wis at God that ye wold only go bot to the Hielands and out cowardes or faynte hertes: for there was neyther knyghte Borders of our own realm, to gain our awin countreymen, who, nor squyer but that dyde his devoyre, and foughte hande to for lack of preching and ministration of the sacraments, must, hande. This batayle was lyke the batayle of Becherell, the with tyme, becum either infidells, or atheists." But we learn, which was valiauntly fought and endured.” The issne of the from Lesley, that, however deficient in real religion, they re- conflict is well known: Percy was made prisoner, and the Scots won the day, dearly purchased by the death of their to a set of round pests, begirt with slender rods of willow, gallant general, the Earl of Douglas, who was slain in the whose loose summits were brought to meet from all quarters, action. He was buried at Melrose, beneath the high altar. and bound together artificially, so as to produce the frame“ His obsequye was done reverently, and on his bodye layde work of the roof: and the tracery of our Gothic windows us a tombe of stone, and his baner hangyng over hym."-Frois displayed in the meeting and interlacing of rods and hoops, BART, vol. ii. p. 165.

affording an inexhaustible variety of beautiful forms of open work. This ingenious system is alluded to in the romance. Sir James Hall's Essay on Gothic Architecture is published in The Extinburgh Philosophical Transact.ons.


Dark Knight of Liddesdale.-P. 15.

NOTE 2 C. William Douglas, called the Knight of Liddesdale, fourished during the reign of David II., and was so distinguished

The wondrous Michad Scott.-P. 15. by his valour, that he was called the Flower of Chivalry. Nevertheless, he tarnished his renown by the cruel murder of Sir Michael Scott of Balwearie flourished during the 13th Sir Alexander Ramsay of Dalhousie, originally his friend and century, and was one of the ambassadors sent to bring the brother in arms. The King had conferred upon Ramsay the Maid of Norway to Scotland upon the death of Alexander sheriffdom of Teviotdale, to which Douglas pretended some III. By a poetical anachronism, he is bere placed in a later claim. In revenge of this preference, the Knight of Liddes.era. He was a man of much learning, chiefly acquired in dale came down upon Ramsay, while he was administering foreign countries. He wrote a commentary upon Aristotle, justice at Hawick, seized and carried him off to his remote printed at Venice in 1496 ; and several treatises upon natural and inaccessible castle of Hermitage, where he threw his un- philosophy, from which he appears to have been addicted to fortunate prisoner horse and man, into a dungeon, and left the abstruse studies of judicial astrology, alchymy, physioghim to perish of hunger. It is said, the miserable captive pro- nomy, and chiromancy. Hence he passed among his contemlonged his existence for several days by the corn which fell poraries for a skilful magician. Dempster informs us, that from a granary above the vault in which he was confined.' he remembers to have heard in his youth, that the magic books So weak was the royal authority, that David, although highly of Michael Scott were still in existence, but could not be incensed at this atrocious murder, found himself obliged to opened without danger, on account of the malignant fiends appoint the Knight of Liddesdale successor to his victim, as who were thereby invoked. Dempsteri Historia Ecclesiastica, Sheriff of Teriotdale. But he was soon after slain, while hunt- 1627, lib. xii. p. 495. Lesly characterises Michael Scott as ing in Ettrick Forest, by his own godson and chieftain, Wil- “ singularie philosophia, astronomia, ac medicinæ laude presliam, Earl of Douglas, in revenge, according to some authors, tans ; dicebatur penitissimos magia recessus indagásse." Dante of Ramsay's murder; although a popular tradition, preserved also mentions him as a renowned wizard :in a ballad quoted by Godscroft, and some parts of which are

"Quell altro che ne' fianchi è così poco, still preserved, ascribes the resentment of the Earl to jea

Michele Scotto fu, che veramente lousy. The place where the Knight of Liddesdale was killed, is called, from his name, William Cross, upon the ridge of a

Delle magiche frodė seppe il giuoco," hill called William-hope, betwixt Tweed and Yarrow. His

Inferno, Canto xxmo. body, according to Godscroft, was carried to Lindean church A personage, thus spoken of by biographers and historians, the first night after his death, and thence to Melrose where he loses little of his mystical fame in vulgar tradition. Accordwas interred with great pomp, and where his tomb is still ingly, the memory of Sir Michael Scott survives in many a leshown.

gend; and in the south of Scotland, any work of great labour and antiquity, is ascribed, either 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 NOTE 2 B.

Home Coltrame, in Cumberland; others for Melrose Abbey.

But all agree, that his books of magic were interred in his The moon on the east oriel shone.-P. 15.

grave, or preserved in the convent where he died. Satchells,

wishing to give some authority for his account of the origin of It is impossible to conceive a more beautiful specimen of the name of Scott, pretends, that, in 1629, he chanced to be at the lightness and elegance of Gothic architecture, when in Burgh under Bowness, in Cumberland, where a person, named its purity, than the eastern window of Melrose Abbey. Sir Lancelot Scott, showed him an extract from Michael Scott's James Hall of Dunglas, Bart., has, with great ingenuity and works, containing that story :plausibility, traced the Gothic order through its various forms and seemingly eccentric ornaments, to an architectural imi- “He said the book which he gave me tation of wicker work; of which, as we learn from some of Was of Sir Michael Scott's historie ; the legends, the earliest Christian churches were constructed. Which history was never yet read through, In such an edifice, the original of the clustered pillars is traced Nor never will, for no man dare it do.

1 There is something affecting in the manner in which the old Prior of Lochleven turns from describing the death of the gallant Ramsay, to the general sorrow which it excited ,

“To tell you there of the manere,

It is bot sorrow for til here;
He wes the grettast menyd man
That ony cowth have thowcht of than,
Of his state, or of mare be fare:
All menyt him, bath bettyr and war;

The ryche and pure him menyde bath,

For of his dede wes mekil skath." Some years ago, a person digging for stones, about the old castle of Hermitage, broke into a vault, containing a quantity of chaff, some bones, and pieces of iron; amongst others, the curb of an ancient bridle which the author has since given to the Earl of Dalhousie, under the impression that it possibly may be a relic of his brave ancestor. The worthy clergyman of the parish has mentioned this discovery in his Statistical Account of Castletown.

Young scholars have pick'd out something

expected to find soine prophetic intimation of the event of From the contents, that dare not read within.

the war. Accordingly, his train being furnished with torches, He carried me along the castle then,

so artificially composed that the tempest could not extinguish And shew'd his written book hanging on an iron pin. them, the King, with great difficulty, penetrated into a square His writing pen did seem to me to be

hall, inscribed all over with Arabian characters. In the Of hardened metal, like steel, or accumie ;

midst stood a colossal statue of brass, representing a Saracen The volume of it did seem so large to me,

wielding a Moorish mace, with which it discharged furious As the Book of Martyrs and Turks historie.

blows on all sides, and seemed thus to excite the tempest Then in the church he let me sce

which raged around. Being conjured by Roderic, it ceased A stone where Mr. Michael Scoit did lie;

from striking, until he read, inscribed on the right hand, I asked at him how that could appear,

"Wretched Monarch, for thy evil hast thou come hither;" on Mr. Michael had been dead above five hundred year? I the left hand, Thou shalt be dispossessed by a strange people ;" He shew'd me none durst bury under that stone, on one shoulder, “ I invoke the sons of Hagar;" on the other, More than he had been dead a few years agone;

I do mine office." When the King had deciphered thesc For Mr. Michael's name does terrifie each one." ominous inscriptions, the statue returned to its exercise, the History of the Right Honourable Name of Scott. tempest commenced anew, and Roderic retired, to mourn

over the predicted evils which approached his throne. He caused the gates of the cavern to be locked and barricaded ; but, in the course of the night, the tower fell with a tremen

dous noise, and under its ruins concealed for ever the entrance NOTE 2 D.

to the mystic cavern. The conquest of Spain by the Saracens,

and the death of the unfortunate Don Roderic, fulfilled the Salamanca's cave.-P. 15.

prophecy of the brazen statue. Historia verdadera del Rey

Don Rodrigo por el Sabio Alcayde Abulcacim, traduzeda de la Spain, from the relics, doubtless, of Arabian learning and lengua Arabiga por Miquel de Luna, 1654, cap. vi. superstition, was accounted a favourite residence of magicians. Pope Sylvester, who actually imported from Spain the use of the Arabian numerals, was supposed to have learned there the magic, for which he was stigmatized by the ignorance of his age.-WILLIAM of Malmsbury, lib. ii. cap. 10. There were

Note 2 E. public schools, where magic, or rather the sciences supposed to involve its mysteries, were regularly taught, at Toledo, Se

The bells would ring in Notre Dame.-P. 15. rüle, and Salamanca. In the latter city, they were held in a deep cavern; the mouth of which was walled up by Queen Tantamne rem tam negligenter oh says Tyrwhitt, of his Isabella, wife of King Ferdinand.-D'AUTON on Learned in- predecessor, Speight; who, in his commentary on Chaucer, credulity, p. 45. These Spanish schools of magic are celebra had omitted, as trivial and fabulous, the story of Wade and ted also by the Italian poets of romance :

his boat Guingelot, to the great prejudice of posterity, tho

memory of the hero and the boat being now entirely lost. That "Questo città di Tolleto solea

future antiquaries may lay no such omission to my charge, I Tenere studio di negromanzia,

have noted one or two of the most current traditions conQuivi di magica arte si leggea

cerning Michael Scott. He was chosen, it is said, to go upon Pubblicamente, e di peromanzia ;

an embassy, to obtain from the King of France satisfaction E molti geomanti sempre avea,

for certain piracies committed by his subjects upon those of Esperimenti assai d'idromanzia

Scotland. Instead of preparing a new equipage and splendid E d' altre false opinion' di sciocchi

retinue, the ambassador retreated to his study, opened his Come è fatture, o spesso batter gli occhi." book, and evoked a fiend in the shape of a huge black horse, Il Morgante Maggiore, Canto xxv. St. 259. mounted upon his back, and forced him to fly through the

air towards France. As they crossed the sea, the devil insi. The celebrated magician Maugis, cousin to Rinaldo of Mont- diously asked his rider, What it was that the old women of alban, called, by Ariosto, Malagigi, studied the black art at Scotland muttered at bed-time? A less experienced wizard Toledo, as we learn from L'Histoire de Maugis D'Aygremont. might have answered that it was the Pater Noster, which He even held a professor's chair in the necromantic univer- would have licensed the devil to precipitate him from sity; for so I interpret the passage, qu'on tous les sept ars his back. But Michael sternly replied, “What is that to d'enchantement, des charmes et conjurations, il n'y avoit meil thee?-Mount, Diabolus, and fly!" When he arrived at lieur maistre que lui; et en td renom qu'on le laissoit en Paris, he tied his horse to the gate of the palace, entered, and chaise, et l'appelloit on maistre Maugis." This Salamancan boldly delivered his message. An ambassador, with so little Domdaniel is said to have been founded by Hercules. If the of the pomp and circumstance of diplomacy, was not received classic reader inquires where Hercules himself learned ma- with much respect, and the King was about to return a congic, he may consult “ Les faicts et processes du noble et vail temptuous refusal to his demand, when Michael besought lant Hercules," where he will learn, that the fable of his aid him to suspend his resolution till he had seen his horse stamp ing Atlas to support the heavens, arose from the said Atlas three times. The first stamp shook every steeple in Paris, and having taught Hercules, the noble knight-errant, the seven caused all the bells to ring; the second threw down three of liberal sciences, and in particular, that of judicial astrology. the towers of the palace; and the infernal steed had liftod his Such, according to the idea of the middle ages, were the stu- hoof to give the third stamp, when the King rather chose to dies, “ maximus qua docuit Allas." -In a romantic history of dismiss Michael, with the most ample concessions, than to Roderic, the last Gothic King of Spain, he is said to have stand to the probable consequences. Another time, it is said, entered one of those enchanted caverns. It was situated be that, when residing at the Tower of Oakwood, upon the EtDeath an ancient tower near Toledo ; and when the iron gates, trick, about three miles above Selkirk, he heard of the famo which secured the entrance, were unfolded, there rushed forth of a sorceress, called the Witch of Falschope, who lived on the 80 dreadful a whirlwind, that hitherto no one had dared to opposite side of the river. Michael went one morning to put penetrate into its recessen. But Roderic, threatened with an her skill to the test, but was disappointed, by her denying in vasion of the Moors, resolved to enter the cavern, where he positively any knowledge of the necromantic art. In his dis

course with her, he laid his wand inadvertently on the table,

NOTE 2 G. which the hag observing, suddenly snatched it up, and struck him with it. Feeling the force of the charm, he rushed out

That lamp shall burn unqunchably. of the house ; but, as it had conferred on him the external

Until the eternal doom shall ne.-P. 16. appearance of a hare, his servant, who waited without, halloo'd upon the discomfited wizard his own greyhounds, and Baptista Porta, and other authors who treat of natural mapursued him so close, that, in order to obtain a moment's gic, talk much of eternal lamps, pretended to have been found breathing to reverse the charm. Michael, after a very fat burning in ancient sepulchres. Fortunius Licetus investigates guing course, was fain to take refuge in his own jawhole ( An- the subject in a treatise, De Lucernis Antiquorum Reconditis, glice, common sewer.) In order to revenge himself of the published at Venice, 1621. One of these perpetual lamps is witch of Falsehope, Michael, one morning in the ensuing har- said to have been discovered in the tomb of Tulliola, the vest, went to the hill above the house with his dogs, and sent daughter of Cicero. The wick was supposed to be composed down his servant to ask a bit of bread from the good wife for of asbestos. Kircher enumerates three different recipes for his greyhounds, with instructions what to do if he met with a constructing such lamps ; and wisely concludes, that the denial. Accordingly, when the witch had refused the boon I thing is nevertheless impossible. --- Mundus Subterranneus, p. with contumely, the servant, as his master had directed, laid 72. Delrio imputes the fabrication of such lights to magical above the door a paper which he had given him, containing, skill.-- Disquisitiones Magica, p. 58. In a very rare romance, amongst many cabalistical words, the well-known rhyme,-- which "treateth of the life of Virgilius, and of his deth, and

many marvayles that he dyd in his lyfe-time, by wychecrafte “ Maister Michael Scott's man

and nygianancye, throughe the helpe of the devyls of hell," Sought meat, and gat nane."

mention is made of a very extraordinary process, in which one

of these mystical lamps was employed. It seems that Virgil, Immediately the good old woman, instead of pursuing her as he advanced in years, became desirous of renovating bis domestic occupation, which was baking bread for the reap- youth by magical art. For this purpose he constructed a soli. ers, began to dance round the fire, repeating the rhyme, and tary tower, having only one narrow portal, in which he placed continued this exercise till her husband sent the reapers to twenty-four copper tigures, armed with iron fiails, twelve on the house, one after another, to see what had delayed their each side of the porch. These enchanted statues struck with provision ; but the charm caught each as they entered, and, their flails incessantly, and rendered all entrance impossible, losing all idea of returning, they joined in the dance and unless when Virgil touched the spring, which stopped their chorus. At length the old man himself went to the house : motion. To this tower he repaired privately, attended by one but as his wife's frolic with Mr. Michael, whom he had seen trusty servant, to whom he communicated the secret of the on the hill, made him a little cautious, he contented himself entrance, and hither they conveyed all the magician's treawith looking in at the window, and saw the reapers at their sure. Then sayde Virgilius, my dere beloved frende, and involuntary exercise, dragging his wife, now completely ex- he that I above alle men truste and knowe mooste of my hausted, sometimes round, and sometimes through, the fire, secret;" and then he led the man into a cellar, where he which was, as usual, in the midst of the house. Instead of made a fayer lamp at all seasons burnynge. “And then savd entering, he saddled a horse, and rode up the hill, to humble Virgilius to the man, “Se you the barrel that standeth here? himself before Michael, and beg a cessation of the spell; and he sayd, yea : 'Therein must thou put me : fyrst se must which the good-natured warlock immediately granted, direct-slee me, and hewe me smalle to pieces, and cut my hed in ing him to enter the house backwards, and, with his left hand, iiii picces, and salte the heed under in the bottom, and then take the spell from above the door; which accordingly ended the pieces there after, and my herte in the myddel, and then the supernatural dance. --This tale was told less particularly set the barrel under the lampe, that nighte and day the fat in former editions, and I have been censured for inaccuracy therein may droppe and leake ; and ye shall is dares long, in doing 80.-A similar charm occurs in Huon de Bourdeaux, ones in the day, fyll the lampe, and fayle nat. And when this and in the ingenious Oriental tale, called the Caliph Vathek. is all done, then shall I be reneued, and made yonge agen."

Notwithstanding his victory over the witch of Falsehope, At this extraordinary proposal, the contidant was sore abashMichael Scott, like his predecessor, Merlin, fell at last a vic- ed, and made some scruple of obeying his master's commands. tim to female art. His wife, or concubine, elicited from him At length, however, he complied, and Virgil was slain, pickthe secret, that his art could ward off any danger except the led, and barrelled up, in all respects according to his own poisonous qualities of broth, made of the flesh of a breme sow. direction. The servant then left the tower, taking care to put Such a mess she accordingly administered to the wizard, who the copper thrashers in motion at his departure. He continued died in consequence of eating it; surviving, however, long daily to visit the tower with the same precaution. Meanwhile, enough to put to death his treacherous confidant.

the emperor, with whom Virgil was a great favourite, missed him from the court, and demanded of his servant where he was. The domestic pretended ignorance, till the emperor threatened him with death, when at length he conveyed him

to the enchanted tower. The same threat extorted a discovery NOTE 2 F.

of the mode of stopping the statues from wielding their flails.

" And then the emperour entered into the castle with all his The words that cleft Eildon hills in three.-P. 15. folke, and sought all aboute in every corner after Virgilius;

and at the laste they sought so longe, that they came into the Michael Scott was, once upon a time, much embarrassed seller, where they sawe the lampe hang over the barrell, by a spirit, for whom he was under the necessity of finding where Virgilius lay in deed. Then asked the emperour the constant employment. He commanded him to build a cauld, man, who had made hym so herdy to put his mayster Virgior dam-head, across the Tweed at Kelso ; it was accomplished lius so to dethe; and the man answered no worde to the emin one night, and still does honour to the infernal architect. perour. And then the emperour, with great anger, drewe out Michael next ordered, that Eildon hill, which was then a his sworde, and slewe he there Virgilius' man. And when all uniform cone, should be divided into three. Another night this was done, then sawe the emperour, and all his folke, a was sufficient to part its summit into the three picturesque naked child iiitymes rennynge about the barrell, saynge these peaks which it now bears. At length the enchanter con- wordes, ‘Cursed be the tyme that ye ever came here.' And quered this indefatigable demon, by employing him in the with those words vanyshed the chylde awaye, and was never hopeless and endless task of making ropes out of sca-sand. sene ageyn; and thus abyd Virgilius in the barrell deed."

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