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and eik the heuinly portis christallyne

The crystal gates of Heaven expanded wide Upwarpis brade, the warlde till illumyne; Pour'd streams of splendour in an ample tide: The twynkling stremouris of the orient

The beaming orient beauteous to bebold, Sched pourpour sprayngis with gold and asure Shed purple rays, and azure mix'd with gold, Persand the sabil barmkin nocturnall, [ment, Dispersing with all-penetrating light Bet down the skyes cloudy mantil wall;

The solid gloom of cloud-envelop'd night. Eous the stede, with ruby hammys rede,

The Sun's gay coursers, in their harness red, Abufe the seyis liftis furth his hede,

Above the billowy ocean's boundless bed Of culloure sore, and sume dele broune as bery, Rais'd high their heads, impetuous in career, For to alichtin and glad our emispery,

To give the light, and glad our hemisphere. The flambe out brastin at the neiss thirlis, So fast they scour'd, that from their nostrils came So fast Phaeton ' with the quihip him quhirlis, A cloud of smoke, and streams of living fame. To roll Apollo his faderis goldin chare,

Fir'd by the whirling whip their round to run, That schroulith all the benynnys and the are; And roll the golden chariot of the Sun. Quhil schortlie with the blesand torche of day, While shortly with the blazing torch of day, Abulzeit in his lemand freche array,

Forth from his royal ball in fresh array, Furth of his palice riall ischit Phebus,

Sprung Phæbus, by his faming mantle known; With goldin croun and visage glorius,

His glorious visage, and his golden crown;
Crisp haris, bricht as chrissolite or thopas, His glossy locks were as the topaz bright,
For quhais hew mycht nane beliald his face His radiance beam'd intolerable light;
The fyrie sparkis brasting from his ene,

His eye-balls sparkled with celestial sheen, To purge the are, and gilt the tendir grene, To purge the air, and gild the tender green, Defoundand from his sege etheriall

Diffusing from the brightness of his brow, Glade influent aspectis celicall,

Etherial mildness on the world below. Before his regal bie magnificence

Before the king of day thin vapours rose, Mysty vapoure vpspringand sweet as sence, Like clouds of incense, and as sweet as those, In smoky soppis of donk dewis wak,

(The dewy tribute which the meads exhale) With hailsum stous ouerheiland the slak, Curling they rose, and hover'd o'er the vale. The auriate phanis of his trone souerane

The golden splendour of his glorious beams With glitterand glance ouerspred the octiane, Glanc'd on the floods, and glitter'd in the streams, The large fludis lemand all of licht,

And all the ocean shone serenely bright, Bot with ene blenk of his supernale sicht;

With the first glimpse of his supernal sight. For to behald it was ane glore to se,

How calm! how still! bow pleasing to behold The stabyllyt wyndys, and the calmyt se, The sea's broad bosom where no billows rollid! The soft sessoun, the firmament serene,

The season soft, the firmament serene, The loune illuminate are, and firth amene,

Th'illumin'd landscape, and the watry scene ! The siluer scalit fyschis on the grete, (hete, Where sportive fish display'd their silver pride, Ouer thowrt clere stremes sprinkilland for the Quick glancing on the surface of the tide, With fynnys schinand broun as synopare, By russet fins impellid from shore to shore, And chesal talis, stourand here and thare; Their tail the rudder, and their fin the oar, The new cullour alichting all the landis

New lustre gilded all the rising lands, Forgane the stanryis schepe, and berial strandis: The stony hillocks, and the beryl strands; Quhil the reflex of the diurnal bemes

While the reflection of the glowing beains The bene bonkis kest full of variant glemes: Play'd on the banks in variegated gleams. And lusty Flora did hir blomes sprede

Where-e'er Apollo's radiant coursers went, Under the fete of Phebus sulzeart stede:

Sprung flowers unnumber'd of delicious scent ; The swardit soyll enbrode with selkouth hewis, Earth's flourish'd carpet various hpes display'd, Wod and forest obumbrate with the bewis, And wood and forest wore a fuller shade. (green, Quhais blysful branchis porturate on the ground

Whose beauteous branches, chequer'd on the With schaddois schene shew rochis rubicund, Imbrown'd the rigid rocks that rose between: Towris, turettis, kirnalis, and pynnakillis hje Tow'rs, battlements, and castles huge and hidh, Of kirkis, castellis, and ilk faire ciete,

Turrets, and spires that mingle with the sky, Stude payntit, euery fane, phioll and stage And every dome, and pinnacle, and fane, Apoun the plane ground, by their awin umbrage: By their own shade stood figurd on the plain. Of Eolus north blastis hauand na drede, The glebe, now fearless of the north's keen air, The sulze spred bir brade bosum on brede, To buxom Zephyr spread her bosom bare, Zephyrus confortabill inspiratioun

With genial warmth her fertile lap to cheer, For tyll ressaue law in hir barne aloun : And fill her with the plenty of the year. The cornis croppis, and the bere new brerde Fresh springing corn enlivened all the scene, Wyth gladesum garmont reuesting the erd; And cloth'd the country with a robe of green: So thyk the plantis sprang in euery pete,

And plants so numerous opened to the view, The feildis ferlyis of their fructuous flete: The fields rejoicing wonderd how they grew. Byssy dame Ceres, and proude Priapus

With joy the goddess of the golden grain, Reiosing of the planis plentuous,

And proud Priapus ey'd the pregnant plain ; • This confusion of Phæbus and Phaeton is an errour which several old English writers have fallen into,

Plennyst so plesand, and maist propirly, Where fruitful Nature rak'd her genial power, By naiure nurissit wounder tendirly,

And rear’d, and foster'd every herb and flower: Plepnast so plesand, and maist propirly The fair creation swell'd upon the eye; By nature nurissit wounder tendirly,

Earth was their bed, their canopy the sky. On the fertyl skyrt lappis of the ground

A varied verdure rob'd tbe vales around, Strekand on brede under the cyrkil round: And spread luxuriant o'er the furrow'd ground: The varyant vesture of the venust vale

And flowery weeds, that grew profuse between Schrowdis the scherand fur, and every fale The barley-lands, djversified the scene. * Ouerfrett with fulzeis and fyguris ful dyners, The silver springs, that thro' the meadows flow'd . The pray bysprent with spryng and sproutis dy- In many a rill, fertility bestow'd; spers,

And where the humid night's restoring dew For callour bumours on the dewy nycht,

Dropt on the ground the bladed berbage grew, Rendryng sum place the gyrs pylis thare licht, As fast as cattle the long summer's day Als fer as catal the lang somerys day

Had cropt the grassy sustenance away. Had in thare pasture ete and gnyp away:

A bloom diffusive o'er the gardens run, And blyssfull blossomys in the blomyt zard Confiding in the safeguard of the Sun : Subinittis thare hedys in the zoung sonnys saf- Wreath'd ivy mautled round the lofty tower ; gard :

And hawthoro-hedges whiten’d into flower. Jue lejus rank ouerspred the barmkyn wall, The fresh-formi'd grapes in little clusters hung; The blomit hauthorne cled his pykis all,

Close to their props the curling tendrils clung. Furth of fresche burgeoins the wyne grapis zing The buds, that sweli'd in gems on every tree, Endlang the trazileys dyd on twistis bing, Burst into foliage, nature's tapestry. The loukit buttouns on the gemyt treis

Lo! by soft zephyrs wak’d, and gentle showers, Ouerspredand leuis of naturis tapestryis. On bending stalks smile voluntary flowers, Soft gresy verdonre eftir balmy schouris. Trick'd off in vast variety of hule, On curland stalkis smyland to thare flowris : Some red, paie, purple, yellow, brown or blue; Behaldand thame sa mony divers hew

Some brightly ting'd in Heaven's etherial stain,
Sum piers, sum pale, sum burnet, and sum blew, And some cerulean like the watry main,
Sum gres, sum gowlis, sum purpure, sum san- Some crimson-colour'd fairly fleckt with white,
guane,

Some gold tbat gaily glitter'd in the light.
Blanchis or broun, fauch zallow mony ane, The daisy did its coronet unveil,
Sum heuinly colourit in celestial gre,

And every flower unfolded in the dale;
Sum watty hewit as the haw wally se,

Rank sprung salubrious herbs, and every weed, And sum departe in freklis rede and quhyte, And clorer bloom'd luxuriant in the mead : Sum bricht as gold with aureate leuis lyte. The flow'r-de-luce abroad its beauty spread, The dasy did on brede bir crowned sinale, And columbine advanc'd his purple head : And every flour unlappit in the dale,

From dandelion flew the seeded down, [own. In battil gers burgeouns, the banwart wyid, And strawb'ry beds bore wild weeds, not their The clauir, catcluke, and the cammomylde; Carnations glow'd in gaily-mingled hue; The flourdelyce furth sprede his heuynly hew, Pale was the primrose, and the violet blue. Floure damas, and columbe blak and blew, Its velvet lips the bashful rose begun Sere downis smal on dentilioun sprang,

To show, and catch the kisses of the Sum ; The zoung grene blomit strabery leus amang, Some fuller blown their crimson honours shed; Gimp jereflouris 3 thareon leuis unschet,

Sweet smelt the golden chives that grac'd their Fresche prymrois, and the pourpour violet,

head. The rois knoppis, tetand furth thare hede, Queen of the field, in milkwhite mantle drest, Gan chyp, and kyth thare vernale lippis rede. The lovely lilly wav'd her curling crest. Crysp skarlet leuis sum scheddand baith attanis, • Kest fragrant smelamyd fra goldin granis, Heuinlie lyllyis, with lokkerand toppis qubyte, once, mentions the scent of flowers till he comes Opynnit and schew thare istis redemyte,

to the rose, and never at all the scent of any para

ticular flower, except the rose, not even of the : It is evident our author intends to describe lilly; for I take it, the words, from thare sylkyn two distinct things, viz. cornfields, and mea-croppis, are meant to describe the flowers in gedows or pasture-lands, the former in the three neral; and the balmy vapour to be the same first lines, the varyant vesture, &c.- is with the fresche liquor, and the dulce 'humouris plainly arable, and the fulseis and fyguris full | Quhareof the beis wrocht thare hony swete, an dyuers, are the various leaves and flowers of the exhalation distinct from that which causes the weeds growing among the corn, and making a scent; and redulent odour, is general ; for he piece of embroidery. And here the description certainly means to close his description of the veof cornfields ends, and that of pasture-lands be- getable world, (and he does it nobly) by one nai gins at, the pray bysprent, &c. pray, not as the versal cloud of fragrance from all nature, glossary to G. Douglas says, corruptedly for spray, but formed from the Lat. pratum and spryngend sproutis, rising springs, from the Ital. spruzzare, spruzzolare aspergere.

3 Probably Gawin Douglas wrote thare axin. Vide ver. 72. thare awin umbrage.

It is observable, that Gawin Douglas never

The balmy vapour from thare sylkyn croppis From every flower ambrosial sweets distillid, Distilland balesum sugurat hony droppis,

Ambrosial sweets the ambient ether fill'd. And sylver schakeris gan fra leuis hing,

Dew-drops like diamonds hung on every tree, With chrystal sprayngis on the verdure zing: And sprinkled silvery lustre o'er the lea, The plane pouderit with semelie seitis sound, And all the verdurous herbage of the ground Bedyit ful of dewy peirlys round;

Was deck'd with pearls which cast a splendour So that ilk burgeon, syou, herbe, or floure,

round. Wox all embalmit of th- fresche liquour,

The flowers, the buds, and every plant that grew, And baithit hait did in dulce humouris flete, Sipt the fresh fragrance of the morning dew: Quhareof the beis wrocht thare hony swete, In every plant the liquid nectar flow'd, Be mychty Phebus operatiouns,

In every bud, and every flower that blow'd; In sappy subtell exhalatiouns,

Here rov'd the busy bees without control, Forgane the cummyn of this prynce potent, Robb'd the sweet bloom and suck'd its balmy soul. Redolent odour up from the rutis sprent,

To greet the god, from Earth's fair bosom flow'd Halesum of smel as ony fyne potioun,

All nature's incense in a fragrant cloud, Must, myr, aloyes, or confectioun,

More grateful far than those gross fumes impart Ane paradise it semyt to draw nere

Which torturing fires extract by chemic art. Their galzeard gardingis, and eik grene herbere: Like Paradise appear'd each blissful scene Mayst amyabil waxis the emerant medis. Of purple gardens, and enclosures green, Swannis souchis throw out the respand redis, Of bloomy bedges, and of waving woods, Ouer all the lochis and the fludis gray,

Of flowery meads, and rushy-fringedd floods: Sersand by kynd ane place quhare they suld lay Where silver swans, with snowy pride elate, Phebus 5 rede foule his curale creist can stere, Their tall necks mantling, sail'd along in state, Oft strekand furth bis hekkil crawand clere By instinct taught their ozier nests to make Amyd the wortis, and the rutis gent,

On the dank margin of the lucid lake. Pickland hys mete ip alayis quhare he went, Brisk chanticleer wav'd high his coral crest, His wyffis Toppa and Partolet hyin by,

And crowing clapt bis pinions to his breast; As bird al tyme that hantis bygamy;

With orient beel he lightly spurn’d the ground, The payntit powne paysand with plumys gym, And chuck'd for joy at every corn he found; Kest up his tale and proud plesand quhile rym, And as he strutted on in gallant pride, Ischrowdit in his fedderane bricht and schene, Two wives obsequious waited at his side; Schapand the preut of Argois hundreth ene; For cocks, that couple with their nearest kin, Amang the bronys of the olyue twistis,

Hold bygamy a pardonable sin. Sere smale foulis, wirkand crafty nestis, The peacock proudly pac'd upon the plain, Endlang the hedgeis thik, and on rank akis And like a circle bent his gaudy train, Ilk bird reiosand with thare mirthful makis : Where vivid colours brightly-beaming strove ; In corneris and clere fenesteris of glas

He seem'd beneath a canopy to move : Full besely Arachne wewand was,

His starry plumes reflected various dyes, To knyt hyr nettisand hyr wobbis sle,

Resembling Argus with his hundred eyes. Tharewith to cauch the litil mige or fle:

Where leafy branches form'l a secret shade Under the bevis bene in lufely valis,

The painted birds their cunning fabrics made, Within fermance and parkis clois of palis, Or on the oak, or inplicated thorn, The bustuous bukkis rakis furth on raw,

And wanton'd in the beauty of the morn. Heirdis of hertis throw the thyck wod schaw, Her wary stand the watchful spider took The zoung fownys followand the dun days, hu the glass window, or some gloomy nook, Kiddis skippand tbrow ronnys eftir rais,

There wove her web, in filmy texture sly, In lesuris and on leyis litill Jainmes

To captivate the little goat, or fly,
Full tait and trig socht bletand w thare dammes. Beneath the trees that screen the lovely vale,

Within the limits of the fencing pale,
March nimble-footed deer in rank array'd,
Or seek the shelter of the green-wood shade:
Young kids,light skipping and the timorous fawns
Brush thro' the copse, and bound along the lawns:
While in fresh pastures or on fallows gray

Lambs nibble in the wantonness of play.
On salt stremes wolk Dorida and Thetis,

Emerging from their coral-paven cave By rynnand strandis, nymphs and naiades, Thetis and Doris walk upon the wave, Sic as we clepe wenschis and damyssellis, But stream presiding nymphs, and naiads trim, Iu gersy grauis wanderand by spring wellis, By the clear current, or the fountain's brim, Of blomed branchis and flouris quhyte and rede Such as we name our gentle maids that rove Plettand their lusty chaplettis for thare hede: By water swelling in the grassy grove, Sum sang ring sangis, dancis, ledis, and roundis, Culling green boughs,and bells,and flowerets fair, With vocis schil, qahil all the dale resoundis ; And weaving garlands for their golden hair; And thochtful luffaris rownyis to and fro, Some sweetly sing, some lead the festive round; To leis thare pane, and plene thare joly wo, The distant dales re-echoe to the sound:

s That Milton had his eye upon this passage, attributes, that our author has given them is plain from his describing the swan, the cock, Vid. b. 7. v. 438, &c. and peacock, in the order and with several of the

Eftir thare gise, now singand, now in sorrow, And thoughtful lovers to the winds complain,
Wiih hertis pensiue, the lang someris morrow : To mitigate the madness of their pain;
Som ballettis list endite of his lady,

Now warbling madrigals so light and gay,
Sum leuis in hope, and sum alluterly

Now pale and pensive the long summer's day; Disparit is, and sa quyte out of grace,

Some write in high heroics to the fair,
Hys purgarory he fyndis in euery place. Some live in hope, and some thro' sad despair

In every place a purgatory find;

Such is the moody genius of their mind. *** new curage kitillis all gentil hertis,

All gentle hearts confess the quickening spring, Seand throw kynd ilk thing spryngis and reuertis: For May invigorates every living thing. Dame naturis menstralis on that uthyr parte, Hark! how the merry minstrels of the grove Thare blissful bay intonyng euery arte,

Devote the day to melody and love; To bete thare amouris of thare nychtis bale, The ouzle shrill, that haunts the thorny dale, The merle, the mauys, and the nychtingale, The mellow thrush, the love-lorn nightingale; With mirry notis myrthfully furth brist,

Their little breasts with emulation swell, Enforsing thaym quha micht (lo clink it best: And sweetly strive in singing to excell. The kowschot croudis and pykkis on the ryse, In the thick forest feeds the cooing dove; The stirling changis diuers stenynnys nyse, The starling whistles various notes of love: The sparrow cbirmis in the wallis clyft,

The sparrow chirps, the clefted walls among; Goldspink and lintqubite fordynnand the lyft, To the sweet wildness of the linnet's song, The gukkow galis, and so qubitteris the quale, To the harsh cuckoo, and the twittering quail Quhil ryveris reirdit, schawis, and euery dale, Resounds the wood, the river, and the vale; And tendir twistis trymblit on the treis,

And tender twigs, all trembling on the trees, For birdis sang, and bemyng of the beis,

Dance to the murmuring music of the bees. In werblis dulce of heuinlie armonyis,

Upspring the airy larks, shrill voic'd and loud, The larkis loude releischand in the skyis,

And breathe their mattins from a morning clouds Louis thare lege with tonys curious;

To greet glad Nature, and the god of day, Bayth to dame Natur, and the fresche Venus, And lowery Venus, blooming queen of May;. Rendring hie laudis in thare obseruance,

The songs of praise their tuneful breasts employ, Quhais suggourit throttis made glade hartis dance

Charm every ear, and wrap the soul in joy. And al smal foulis singis on the spray;

Thus sung the sweet musicians on the spray; Welcum the lord of licht, and lampe of day, “Welcome, thou lord of light and lamp of day; Welcum fosterare of tendir herbis grene,

Welcome to tender herbs, and myrtle bowers, Welcum quhikkynnar of flurist fouris schene,

Welcome to plants, and odour-breathing flowers ; Welcum support of euery rute and vane,

Welcome to every root upon the plain, Welcum confort of al kind frute and grane, Welcome to gardens, and the golden grain: Welcum the birdis beild apoun the brere, Welcome to birds that build upon the breere, Welcum maister and reulare of the zere,

Welcome, great lord and ruler of the year: Welcuin welefare of husbandis at the plewis, Welcome, thou source of universal good, Welcum reparare of woddis, treis, and bewis, Of buds to boughs, and beauty to the wood: Welcum depaynter of the blomyt medis,

Welcome, bright Phoebus, whose prolific power Welcum the lytse of eury thing that spredis, In every meadow spreads out every flower ; Welcum stoiare of all kynd bestial,

Where-e'er thy beams in mild effulgence play, Welcụm be thy bricht bemes gladand al.. Kind Nature siniles, and all the world is gay.”

GAWIN DOUGLAS,
GAW

NIS ELOQUENT DISCRIPTION OF WYNTER, WYTU HYS

CRETE STORMES AND TEMPESTIS,

A DESCRIPTION OF WINTER,
FROM GAWIN DOUGLAS, BISHOP OF

DUNKELD.

Hor.

Bruma recurrit iners.

As bricht Phebus schene souerane heuinpis E
The opposit held of his chymes hie,
Clere schyuand bemes, and goldin suneris hew
In lattoun cullour altering all of new,
Kything no signe of heit be bis vissage,
So nere approchit he his wynter stage
Reddy he was to enter the thrid morne
In cludy sykes under Capricorne:
All thoucht he be the lampe and hert of heuin,
Forfeblit wux his lemand gilty leuin,

To the Memory of my late ingenious and learned

Friend, and Schoolmaster, the Rev. John
Lister, A. M. The following Poem is, with a

just Sense of Gratitude, inscribed.
Now had fair Phoebus, Heav'n's illustrious eyes
Enter'd the wintery regions of the sky;
Like burnish'd gold no longer beam'd bis sphere,
So faded was the colour of the year:
Just at the period of his annual course,
All faint and feeble grew his vital force,
Prepar'd to enter, the succeeding mom,
The dark domain of clouded Capricorn:
For tho' he sheds sweet influence from on bigling
Lamp of the world, and glory of the sky,

Throw the declynying of his large round spere. In weeping Winter, when his orb declines,

Languid he looks, and wan and watry shines. The frosty regioun ryngis of the zere,

Now reign'l the power of keen congealing frost,

When all the beauty of the year is lost; The tyme and sessoun biiter, canld and pale, The Brumal season, bitter, cold, and pale, (vail. The schort dayis, that clerkis clepe Brumnale: When short dull days, and sounding storins preQuhen brym blastis of the porthyn art

The wild north wind, tremendous from afar, Ouerquhelmyt haid Neptunus in his cart,

O'erwhelm'd imperial Neptune in his carr, And all to schaik the leuys of the treis,

Their scatter'd honours from the forests tore, The rageand stormes ourwelterand wally seis, And dash'd the mad waves headlong on the shore. Rynieris ran rele on spate with watiir broun, Fierce, foaming rivers, swell’d with torrents brown, And burnis harlis all tharc bankis doun,

Hurl'd all their banks precipitately down; And landbirst rumbland rudely with sic bere, Loud roar'd the thunder of the raging noods, Sa loud neuir ruminyst wyld iyoun nor bere ; Loud as gaunt lions bellowing shake the woods. Fludis monstouris, sic as mereswynis and quhalis | Th' unwieldy monsters which the deeps contain, For the tempest law in the deep denalis :

Sought safety at the bottom of the main. Mars occident retrogade in his spere,

Strife-stirring Mars, regressive in his sphere, Prouocand stryffe, regoit as lord that zere. Sustain'd the cold dominions of the year; Rany Orioun with his stormy face

And black Orion dimm'd the face of day, Bywauit oft the schipman by hys race:

Leading the luckless mariner astray. Frawart Saturne, chil of complexioun,

Saturn, whose boding aspect, chill and wan, Throw quhais aspect darth and infectioun Frowns in dread vengeance on the race of man, Bene causit oft and mortall pestilence,

Denonncing dearth, and desolating pest, When progressiue the greis of his ascence: Held high his course progressive in the cast; And lusty Hebe Junois dochter gay,

And blooming Heb<, Juno's daughter gay, Stude spulzete of hir office and array:

Was ravish'd of her beautiful array. The sole ysow pit in to wattir wak,

Incessant rains had drench'd the Boated ground, The firmament ouercast with cludis blak:

Anil clouds o'ercast the firmament around : The ground fadit, and fauch wox al the feildis, White shone the bills involv'd in silver snow, Mountane toppis slekit with snaw ouer heildis : But brown and barren were the vales below: On raggit rolkis of hard bask quhyn stane, On firm foundations of eternal stone With frosyn frontis cald clynty clewis schane : High rugged rocks in frosty splendour shone; Bewty was loist, and barran schew the landis, The boary fields no vivid verdure wore, With frost's hare ouerfret the feildis standis, Frost warpt the world, and beauty was no more. Sere birtir bubbis and the schoutis snell

Wide-wasting winds that chillid the dreary day, bemyt on the swarde in similitude of hell,

And seeined to threaten Nature with decay, Reducing to our inynde in euery stede

Reminded man, at every baleful breath, Gousty schaddois of eild and grisly dede:

Of wintry age, and all-subduing death. Thik drumly skuggis dirkinnit so the heuin, Horrific gloom deform'd the turbid air, Dym skyis oft furth warpit fereful leuin,

And livid lightning shot a dismal glare: Flaggis of fyre, and mony felloun saw,

Above pale meteors gleam'd, and all below Scharp soppis of sleit, and of the synppand snaw: Was one bleak scene of drizzling sleet and snow. The dolly dikis war al donk and wate,

The hollow ditches, swell'd with sudden rains, The law valis fodderit all wyth spate,

Pour'd a black deluge on the lowland plains, The plane stretis and eury nie way

And every road receiv'd the sordid food, Full o? Auschis, rubbis, myre and clay,

Swam with the swell, or stiffeo'd into mud. Laggerit legis wallowit feruis schew,

Fern on the fallows wither'd as it grew, Broun muris kythit thare wyssinyt mossy hew, And brown heaths bore a mossy-colour'd hue ; Bank, bray and boddum blanschit wox and bare; Bare were the bottoms, and the high hills hoar; Por gourl weddir growit beistis hare,

The drooping cattle moan'd upon the moor; The wynd maid waif the rede wede on the dyk. The red weed waver'd on the breezy dike; Bedowin in bonkis depe was euery sike :

Rills in deep channels murmuring roll'd oblique. Quer craggis and the frontis of rochis sere From horrid rocks, that lour'd upon the coast, Hang grete yse schokkillis lang as ony spere: Hung icy spears, the beauteous work of frost. The grund stude barrane widderit, dosk, and gray, Dun was the soil and steril, and decay'd Herbis, flouris, and gerssis wallowit away: Was every flower, and every tender blade; Woddis, forestis with naket bewis blout

And every wood and wilderness around Stude stripit of thare wede in euery hout : Diffus'd their wither'd honours on the ground. Sa bustouslie Boreas his bugill blew,

So stoutly Boreas his loud bugle blew, The dere fall derne doun in the dalis drew: Down to the dales the trembling deer withdrew : Small birdis fokand throw thik ronnys thrang, To thorny thickets flock'd the feathrer'd throng, In chirmynge, and with cheping changit thare And pensive plied their melancholy song, sang,

Or to the shelter of the forest driven, Sekand hidlis and birnys thame to hyde

Escap'd the windy turbulence of Heaven. Fra fereful thuddis of the tempestuus tyde: Down the rough rock dash'd torrents with barsh The wattir lynnys rowtis, and enery lynd

sound Quhislit and brayit of the souchand wyod: Rush'd, and impetuous shook the country round,

The trees, that o'er the mountain's top reclin'd: Pure labouraris and byssy husband men

Wav d their high heads, and murmur'd to the Went weet and wery draglit in the fen;

wind.

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