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and somewhat similar to that of Pierce Plowman's The barges of clear barons down shal be sunken; Visions; a circumstance which might entitle us to
Seculars shall sit in spiritual seats, ascribe to some of them an earlier date than the reign
Occupying offices anointed as they were." of James V., did we not know that Sir Galloran of Taking the lily for the emblem of France, can there Galloway and Gawaine and Gologras, two romances be a more plain prophecy of the murder of her morendered almost unintelligible by the extremity of narch, the destruction of her nobility, and the desoaffected alliteration, are perhaps not prior to that lation of her hierarchy? period. Indeed, although we may allow that, during But, without looking farther into the signs of the much earlier times, prophecies, under the names of times, the Editor, though the least of all the prophets, those celebrated soothsayers, have been current in cannot help thinking, that every true Briton will apScotland, yet those published by Hart have obviously prove of his application of the last prophecy quoted been so often vamped and re-vamped, to serve the in the ballad. political purposes of different periods, that it may be Hart's collection of prophecies was frequently reshrewdly suspected, that, as in the case of Sir John printed during the last century, probably to favour Cutler's transmigrated stockings, very little of the the pretensions of the unfortunate family of Stuart. original materials now remains. I cannot refrain For the prophetic renown of Gildas and Bede, see from indulging my readers with the publisher's title Fordun, lib. 3. to the last prophecy, as it contains certain curious Before leaving the subject of Thomas's predictions, information concerning the Queen of Sheba, who is it may be noticed, that sundry rhymes, passing for identified with the Cumæan Sibyl: “Here followeth his prophetic effusions, are still current among the a prophecie, pronounced by a noble queene and mat- vulgar. Thus, he is said to have prophesied of the ron, called Sybilla, Regina Austri, that came to Solo- very ancient family of Haig of Bemerside, mon. Through the which she compiled four bookes,
“Betide, betide, whate'er betide, at the instance of the said King Sol, and others
Haig shall be Haig of Bemerside.” divers : and the fourth book was directed to a noble king, called Baldwine, King of the broad isle of Bri The grandfather of the present proprietor of Bemertain ; in the which she maketh mention of two noble side had twelve daughters, before his lady brought princes and emperours, the which is called Leones. him a male heir. The common people trembled for How these two shall subdue and overcome all earthlie the credit of their favourite soothsayer. The late Mr. princes to their diademe and crowne, and also be Haig was at length born, and their belief in the proglorified and crowned in the heaven among saints. phecy confirmed beyond a shadow of doubt. The first of these two is Constantinus Magnus ; that Another memorable prophecy bore, that the Old was Leprosus, the son of Saint Helena, that found Kirk at Kelso, constructed out of the ruins of the the croce. The second is the sixt king of the name Abbey, should “fall when at the fullest.” At a very of Steward of Scotland, the which is our most noble crowded sermon, about thirty years ago, a piece of king.” With such editors and commentators, what lime fell from the roof of the church. The alarm, for wonder that the text became unintelligible, even be- the fulfilment of the words of the seer, became uniyond the usual oracular obscurity of prediction ? versal ; and happy were they who were nearest the
If there still remain, therefore, among these pre- door of the predestined edifice. The church was in dictions, any verses having a claim to real antiquity, consequence deserted, and has never since had an it seems now impossible to discover them from those opportunity of tumbling upon a full congregation. I which are comparatively modern. Nevertheless, as hope, for the sake of a beautiful specimen of Saxothere are to be found, in these compositions, some Gothic architecture, that the accomplishment of this uncommonly wild and masculine expressions, the prophecy is far distant. Editor has been induced to throw a few passages to
Another prediction, ascribed to the Rhymer, seems gether, into the sort of ballad to which this disquisi- to have been founded on that sort of insight into futution is prefixed. It would, indeed, have been no rity, possessed by most men of a sound and combining difficult matter for him, by a judicious selection, to judgment. It runs thus :have excited, in favour of Thomas of Ercildoune, a
“ At Eldon Tree if you shall be, share of the admiration bestowed by sundry wise per
A brigg ower Tweed you there may see.' sons upon Mass Robert Fleming. For example :
The spot in question commands an extensive pro“ But then the lilye shal be loused when they least think; spect of the course of the river; and it was easy to Then clear king's blood shal quake for fear of death;
foresee, that when the country should become in the For churls shal chop off heads of their chief beirns, And carfe of the crowns that Christ bath appointed.
least degree improved, a bridge would be somewhere
thrown over the stream. In fact, you now see no less Thereafter, on every side, sorrow shal arise ;
than three bridges from that elevated situation.
1 The Rev. R. Fleming, pastor of a Scotch congregation in text in the Apocalypse, that the French Monarchy would London, published in 1701, “ Discourses on the Rise and Fall undergo some remarkable humiliation about 1794.--Ed. of Papacy," in which he expressed his belief, founded on a