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Sothly, Thomas, as I telle ye.
You hath ben here thre

And here you may no longer be;
And I sal tele ye a skele,
To-morrowe of helle ye foule sende
Amang our folke shall chuse his fec;
For you art a larg man and an hende,
Trowe you wele he will chuse thee.
Fore all the golde that may be,
Fro hens unto the worldes ende,
Sall you not be betrayed by me,
And thairfor sall you hens wende.
She broght hym euyn to Eldyn Tre,
Undir nethe the

grene wode spray, In Huntle bankes was fayr to be, Ther breddes syng both nyzt and day. Ferre ouyr yon montayns gray, Ther hathe my facon; Fare wele, Thomas, I wende my way.

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 lacunæ of the former editions have been supplied from his copy.

He pressed to pulle fruyt with his land,
As man for faute that was faynt;
She seyd, Thomas, lat al stand,
Or els the deuyl wil the ataynt.
Sche seyd, Thomas, I the hyzt,
To lay thi hede upon my kne,
And thou shalt see fayrer syght,
Than euyr sawe man in their kintre.
Sees thou, Thomas, yon fayr way,
That lyggs ouyr yone fayr playn?
Yonder is the way to heuyn for ay,
Whan synful sawles haf derayed their payne.
Sees thou, Thomas, yon secund way,
That lygges lawe undir the ryse ?
Streight is the way, sothly to say,
To the joyes of paradyce.
Sees thou, Thomas, yon thyrd way,
That lygges ouyr yone how?
Wide is the way, sothly to say,
To the brynyng fyres of helle.
Sees thou, Thomas, yone fayr castell,
That standes ouyr yone fair hill?
Of town and tower it beereth the belle,
In middell erth is none like theretill.
Whan thou comyst in yone castell gaye,

pray thee curteis man to be ;
What so any man to you say,
Loke thu answer none but me.
My lord is servyd at yche messe,
With xxx kniztes feir and fre;
I shall say syttyng on the dese,
I toke thy speche beyone the le.
Thomas stode as still as stone,
And behelde that ladye gaye;
Than was sche fayr, and ryche anone,
And also ryal on hir palfreye.
The grewhoundes bad fylde thaim on the dere,
The raches coupled, by my fay,
She blewe her horne Thomas to chere,
To the castell she went her way.
The ladye into the hall went,
Thomas folowyd at her hand;
Thar kept her mony a lady gent,
With curtasy and lawe.
Harp and fedyl both he fande,
The getern and the sawtry,
Lut and rybid ther gon gan,
Thair was al maner of mynstralsy,
The most fertly that Thomas thoght,
When he com emyddes the flore,
Fourty hertes to quarry were broght,
That had been befor both long and store.
Lymors lay lappyng blode,
And kokes standyng with dressyng knyfe,
And dressyd dere as thai wer wode,
And rewell was thair wonder.
Knyghtes dansyd by two and thre,
All that leue long day.
Ladyes that were gret of gre,
Sat and sang of rych aray.
Thomas sawe much more in that place,
Than I can descryve,
Til on a day, alas, alas,
My lovelye ladye sayd to me,
Busk ye, Thomas, you must agayn,
Here you may no longer be :
Hy then zerne that you were at hame,
I sal ye bryng to Eldyn Tre
Thomas answerd with heuy
And said, Lowely ladye, lat ma be,
For I say ye certenly here
Haf I be bot the space of dayes three.



“The muscle is a square figure like a lozenge, but it is al ways 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 unskilful 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 proper, 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 by


beraulds when he speaks of kingdoms whose insignia seldom game in his neighbourhood; and, having seated himself upon
vary, but that individual families cannot be discovered, either a buck, drove the herd before him to the capital of Cumber
because they have altered their bearings, or because they are land, where Guendolen resided. But her lover's curiosity
pointed out by their crests and exterior ornaments, which are leading him to inspect too nearly this extraordinary cavalcade,
changed at the pleasure of the bearer." Mr. Nisbet, however, Merlin's rage was awakened, and he slew him with the stroke
comforts himself for this obscurity, by reflecting, that “we of an antler of the stag. The original runs thus :-
may certainly conclude, from his writings, that herauldry
was in good esteem in his days, and well known to the vul. Dixerat : et silvas et saltus circuit omnes,
gar."Ibid. p. 160.-It may be added, that the publication of Cervorumque greges agmen collegit in unum,
predictions, either printed or hieroglyphical, in which noble Et damas, caprcasque simul; cervoque rescdit,
families were pointed out by their armorial bearings, was, in El, veniente die, compellens agmina pra se,
the time of Queen Elizabeth, extremely common; and the Festinans vadit quo nubit Guendolana,
influence of such predictions on the minds of the common Postquam venit eo, pacienter ipse coegit
people was so great as to occasion a prohibition, by statute, Cervos ante fores, proclamans, 'Guendolana,
of prophecy by reference to heraldic emblems. Lord Henry Guendolæna, veni, te talia munera spectant.
Howard also (afterwards Earl of Northampton) directs against Ocius ergo venit subridens Guendolana,
this practice much of the reasoning in his learned treatise, Gestarique virum cerro miratur, et illum
entitled, “A Defensation against the Poyson of pretended Sic parere viro, tantum quoque posse ferarum

Uniri numerum quas præ se solus agebat,
Sicut pastor oves, quas ducere suevit ad herbas.
Stabat ab excelsa sponsus spectando fenestra,

In solio mirans equitem, risumque movebat.
NOTE D.-P. 578.

Ast ubi vidit eum vates, animoque quis esset

Calluit, extemplo.divulsit cornua cerro The strange occupation in which Waldhave beholds Merlin Quo gestabatur, vibrataque fecit in illum, engaged, derives some illustration from a curious passage in Et caput illius penitus contrivit, cumque Geoffrey of Monmouth's life of Merlin, above quoted. The Reddidit exanimem, vitamque fugavil 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 reuire paravil." 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 coeral 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 | Ellis.



Lord Ranald's Corona ch.'

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 torn hut, built for the purpose of hunting,) and making to pieces and devoured by the fiend into whose toils merry over their venison and whisky, one of them ex- he nad 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 suspicious 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. Ben1 Coronach is the lamentation for a deceased warrior, sung by ledi, Benmore, and Benvoirlich, are mountains in the the aged of the clan.

same district, and at no great distance from Glenfin

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1 In 1801. See ante, p. 565–The scenery of this, the author's 3 The term Sassenach, or Saxon, is applied by the High first serious attempt in poetry, reappears in the Lady of the landers to their Low-Country neighbours. Lake, in Waverley, and in Rob Roy.-ED.

4 See Appendix, Note A. so hone a rie' signifies~" Alas for the prince or chief." 6 See Appendix, Note ki

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1 See Appendix, Note C.

3 Pibroch-A piece of martial music, adapted to the High9 Tartans — The full Highland dress, made of the chequered land bagpipe. stud termed.

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