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every allowance for such cousiderations, and taking fully into view the circumstances under which he returned to his kingdom,, impossible to deny that in the catastrophe of the family of Albany, the King appears to have attended to the gratiâcation of personal revenge, as much as to the satisfaction of offended justice.

The effects however of his cordict upon a feudal age were such as might easily have been anticipated, anď within a wonderfvily short interval matters appeared to be rapidly approaching that state when as James himself had predicted “ the key should keep the castle, and the braken bush the cow.” The tirst cares of the monarch were wisely directed to the internal administration of the country. From without he had at present nothing to dread. England was at peace, the marriage with Jane Beaufort had secured the interest of the governors of that kingdom, during the minority of Henry the Sixth. France was the ancient ally of Scotland, and the commercial interests of the Netherlands were too essentially promoted by their Scottish trade not to be anxious to preserve the most friendly relations. James therefore was permitted to direct his undivided attention to his affairs at home, and his great principle seems to have been to rule the country through his Parliament; to assemble that great national council as frequently as possible, to enact or to revive wholesome and salutary laws, suited to the emergency in which he found his kingdom, and to insist on their rigid observance. In the same Parliament which beheld the downfal of the house of Albany, we have seen that the administration

of justice and the defence of the kingdom formed two principal subjects of consideration; and his attention to the commercial interests of the state was equally active, though not equally enlightened. The acts of the legislature upon this subject are pervaded by that jealousy of exportation, and the narrow policy in restricting the settlement of Scot. tish merchants in foreign parts which mark an unenlightened age. During the detention of the monarch in England, the Flemings as allies of that kingdom, had committed repeated aggressions on the Scottish merchant vessels, and the king on his return had removed the staple of the Scottish commerce to Middleburg in Zealand. Soon after, however, an embassy from the States of Flanders arrived at the Scottish Court, with the object of procuring the restoration of the trade, and James not only received the Envoys with distinction, but consented to their request on the condition of more ample privileges being conferred on his subjects who traded to these parts*.

About this time the Queen was delivered of a daughter, and with an affectionate recurrence to the virtues of the sainted consort of Malcolm Canmore, the Princess was christened Margaret. The event was received with almost as much satisfaction in France as in Scotland, and Charles the Seventh, anxious to procure the assistance of that country in his protracted struggle with the arms of England, immediately opened a negociation for the marriage of the Dauphin with the infant daughter of James. Stewart of Derneley, Constable of the Scottish Army in France, and the Arch

* Fordun, vol. ii., p. 484.

Scantiness of our Biographical Notices of Henryson, 76. — Passage

from Urry, 77. — Character of his Poetry, 78. — Fine Picture of
Satúrn, 78. — Troilus and Cressida, 79. Fine description of a
Winter Night, 81. — Analysis of the Poem, 82.- Praise of Age,'

83:--Town and Country Mouse,' 25.-Criticism on the Poem

•and Extracts, 87. - Conclusion; 88.


Little knolve of Dunbar, 89. — Error of Pinkerton, 89. - Educated

for the Church, 90:-Received a small Annual Pension, 90.-

His Address to the Lords of the King's Checquer, 91.-Heat-

taches himself to the Court of James IV., 92. — Character of this

Monarch, 93. - Dunbar's Description of the Court, 94. — Verified

by the curious Manuscript Accounts of the Lord High Treasurer,

96. — Poverty of Dunbar, and Neglect with which he is treated,

99. – Poem of the “Thistle and the Rose,' 100.- Its beautiful

Commencement, 101.- Criticism of the Poem, and Extracts, 102.

Fine Picture of the Lion, 104... Coronation of the Rose as

Queen of Froviers; 105: - Digresston 999 hd Marriage of James

IV., 107.-; Pašticulars of this wvente from the Treasurer's Ac-

counts, *103. —Dunbar's humorous Address to Jamie Doig, 109.

- Complaint of the Grey Horse, Luta Dunbar, 111. - Reply of

James IV., 112.-- Pětings of pæntar ænd Kennedy, 112.-- Dance
in the Queen's Chamber, 114.- Reform in Edinburgh ; Address

to its Merchants, l15. * Duabar's Allegorical Taste ; his Dream,
: 116. - DunbarSatirical Porårs; his 'Twa Married Women

and the Widow,' 118.- His • Friars of Berwick,' 120. — Criticism

of this Poem, and Extracts, 121.- The Golden Targe,' 128.

Its tine Opening, 129. - Address to Chaucer and Gower, 131,

Dunbar's Religious Poetry, 132. Conclusion of the Life, 133.

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Douglas's noble Birth; born about 1474, 137. - Anecdote of his

Father, the Earl of Angus, 138. - Death of his Brethren at Flod.

den, 140.- Douglas made Rector of Hawick, 140. — His Poem

of “ King Hart,' 141.- His own Analysis of the Story, 142. --

Its spirited Opening, 143.- -- Criticism on its Merits and Defects,

*Castle of Dame Plesance,' 145. - Progress of the Poem,

946. - Marriage of King Hart, and Happy Life, 147.- Arrival of
Age, and King Hart's Distress, 148. — His Queen and her Sub.

jects desert him, 149. - His Death and Testament, 149. – Dou.

glas's Palace of Honour,' 151. - Indiscriminate Panegyric of

Sage, 151.--- True Character of the Poem, 152. Extracts, 163.

Progress of the Story, 156. -- Court of Minerva, 157. - Court of

Venus, 158. -- Fine Picture of Mars, 158. - -The Castalian Spring,

169. -- Apparition of the Muses, 161. - Palace of Honour, 162.-

Description of King Honour, 165. - Conclusion of the Poem, 168.

--- Donglas's Translation of Virgil, 169. Extracts, 170. — Great

Beauty of his Prologues to each Book, 172. - Prologue to the 7th

Book, 173. - Douglas's Language, 176.--- His Adieu to his Poeti-

cal Studies, 177. --- His future Life troubled and eventful, 179.-

Nominated Archbishop of St. Andrew's, 180. - · Hepburn and

Forman compete with him for the Primacy, 180. - Douglas retires

from the Contest, 180, He is elected to fill the See of Dunkeld,

181. --- Difficulty in obtaining possession of this Dignity, 182. -

Factions amongst the Nobles and the Clergy, 183. -- Bishop
Douglas takes refuge at the Court of Henry VIII., 183. - He is

seized with the Plague ; Dies, 186. His Character, 187.

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on the same Subject hy Stewart, 207.- Lindsay's Poem of the

• Complaint,' 210.- His Picture of the Venality of the Courtiers,

211.- Mismanagement of the young King's Education, 213. -

James V. assumes the Supreme Power, 214. — His Expedition

against the Border Thieves, 215. ---Execution of Johnnie Arm.

strong, 216. -- Remarks on this Event, 217.- Traditions which

remain in the Country regarding this Expedition, 218. - Lindsay

promoted to the office of Lord Lion, 219. - Its Nature and Anti-

quity, 220. — He writes the Complaint of the King's Papingo,'

221.- Its graceful Introduction, 222. - Progress of the Poem,

224. Disaster of the Papingo, 225. - Her dying Counsel to the

King, 226. – To her Brethren, the Courtiers, 227. - Character of

James IV., 228. — The Papingo's Adieu to Stirling, 229. - Her

Expostulation with her Executors, 230. — Attack upon the Cor.

ruptions of the Church, 231. - Death of the Papingo, 232. — Her

last Legacy, and conduct of her Executors, 233.- Lindsay's

Mission to Brussels in 1531, 234. — His Marriage, 235.- His

• Satire of the Three Estates,' 235.- Early Scottish Stage, 236.

- Remarks on this Primitive Drama, 237. -- The same Subject

continued, 238. — Prologue and First Part, 239. -- Second Part:

Avarice of the Clergy, 240. - Dialogue between the Spiritual

Estate and Correction, 241. - Consistory Courts; their Abuses,

242.- John Commonweill dressed in a New Suit, 243. - Conclu.

sion of the Piece, 244. - - Manner of its Performance, 245. -

James V. disposed at first to favour the Reformation of the

Church, 246. - Lindsay's Mission to the Court of France in 1536,

247.--James pays a Visit to that Country: his splendid reception

at the Palace of Vendosme, 248. — His meeting with Francis I:

falls in love with Princess Magdalen, 249. — Marries her, 250.-

Conveys her to Scotland, 251. - Her sudden Death, 252. -- Lind.

say writes his . Deploration for the Death of Queen Magdalen,'

253. - Criticism on this Poem, 254. - Lindsay's deep Enmity to

the Romanist Religion, 255. -- Remarks on the Scottish Refor-

mation, 256. - James V. marries Mary of Guise, 257. — Lindsay's

splendid Pageants, 257. --- Justing between Watson and Barbour,

258. - Answer to the King's ' Flyting,' 259. - Digression on the

Poetical Talents of James V., 260. - Anecdotes of James V., 261.

Lindsay's Satire against Side-Tails, 263. — And “Mussal'd

Faces,' 264. - His Tragedy of' The Cardinal,' 265.-- Remarks on

the Murder of Beaton, 266. — History of Squire Meldrum, 267. -

Value of this Poem as a Picture of Manners; Quotations, 268.-

Authenticity of the Story; Sack of Carrickfergus, 269. — Ad-

venture with the Irish Lady, 270. - Meldrum arrives in Brittany;

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