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On either hand a flourishing Thicket grew
Whose sweet consent so taught the grove reply
While "rapt with these delightsome shades and streams" in Elizium, he thus states what he there beheld:
One of the pleasant Groves those spotless souls
There NASO and his JULIA, now no more
There (purged of the folly of disdayning).
And thousands whom my song with silence covers
The other Grove brave Soldiers doe possesse,
The gallant glitt'ring of these harnest Knights,
In the succeeding stanzas, after naming others that were there seen in Elysium, the founders of York and London cities, Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table, the Black Prince, Edward I., Henry V. and others, he enumerates some of the more eminent Loyalists and Cavaliers distinguished in the lists of fame, whose blood was shed in defence of their Royal Master.
VOL. II. PART II.
In yon loyall Brigade ('mongst many more)
Whose Pastures rays'd him to this wanton guize,
Spencer (a gallant branch of an old stock)
Thus Death and Huntsmen let the Rascall flie
Stout Litchfield and Carnarvon heer I spi'd,
Rare Stranger! thus I lift thee 'bove these Earles,
Heer that great son of Valour Grandison,
I saw and Cary, Fames and Monmouths son,
And Gage that was knockt downe with the Brown Bill,
That Mars and Mercury, justly Governour
O'th' Kings head Fort of Learning and of War.
In war, they merit it by double right.
Heer thousands more I saw, but need not name,
In the following stanza, near the close of the first part, he certainly out-herods Herod :
When the last Trump shall light that common fire
Charles lead the Martyr'd Sainted Cavalrie?
Riding upon the winds and clouds becurld
With equall Justice for to judge the world.
We shall conclude our extracts with the stanza which commences the second part:
The guilty Night with her black velvet wing
Mantled me round: - deep melancholick dreams
With thousand Tragedies my fancy teems
And acts them in dark Scenes: thus thought is kind,
Such funerall colours please a gasping mind.
This part is occupied with allegorical allusions to the melancholy state of affairs, and ends with poetical personifications of England, Scotland, and Ireland, "three portly ladies" opprest with grief, and bewailing the loss of their sainted monarch.
We are unable to form any conjecture as to the authorship of this tract, which is exceedingly scarce, and has not, that we are aware of, been noticed by bibliographers.
A copy was sold in Skegg's sale, 338, for 17. 48. Od.
CHARLES I.-King Charles his Birthright.
Ecclesiastes x. XVII.
Blessed art thou O Land, when thy KING is
By P. M. Gentleman.
Edinburgh, Printed by Iohn Writtoun. 1633, 4to. pp. 8. An exceedingly rare tract on Charles I., which has been reprinted by Mr. David Laing in his Collection of Fugitive Scottish Poetry of the XVII. Century, vol. i., and of which the author, under the initials of "P. M. Gentleman," is unknown. It consists of only four leaves, and is full of predictions as to the future prosperous fate of Charles, which were not
destined to be realized. The subjoined allusions to the antiquity of the Scottish monarchy may be quoted as a specimen of the boastings of the unknown writer:
Then come (blest KING) with great renowne
Neuer as yet made tributarie :
Your owne true Crowne (Great Sir) I meane,
Except this Crowne that Crowne was neuer,
That did remaine vnconquerd euer:
The Monarchs foure so much renownde,
The Lyon with the Eagles wings,
(I meane the stout Assyrian Kings,)
To Gregorie for all his pryde:
France hath thryse exchangde the lyne,
But your braue Caledonian Crowne
Vaunt in this manner vncontrold:
For let the Scythian Crowne contend,
Compard with our antiquitie,
They both are but a noueltie.
The present copy belonged to George Chalmers, Esq., and with the exception of one in the Advocates' Library at Edinburgh, is believed to be the only one known.
CHARLES II. - The Form and Order of the Coronation of Charles the Second; King of Scotland, England, France, and Ire
1. Chron. 29. 23.
Then Solomon sate on the Throne of the Lord as King, instead of David his father, and prospered, and all Israel obeyed him.
Prov. 20. 8.
A King that sitteth on the Throne of Judgement, scattereth away all evil with his eyes.
Prov. 25. 5.
Take away the wicked from before the King, and his Throne shall be established in Righteousness.
Aberdene, Imprinted by James Brown, 1651. 4to, pp. 52.
The Coronation of Charles II., the last monarch who was ever crowned in Scotland, took place in the Kirk of Scone on the 1st January 1651, more than ten years before he was crowned on his Restoration as King of England in Westminster Abbey on St. George's Day 1661. The Scotch Coronation seems to have been rather a tame and spiritless affair, and directed chiefly to the procuring the King's promise to carry out the Solemn League and Covenant which Charles had no difficulty in giving. It was