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On either hand a flourishing Thicket grew
Border'd with trees cloath'd with continual spring,
Whose verdant liveries seem'd ever new,
Upon each Spray a Nightingale did sing,
And Birds of Paradise ever carolling.

Whose sweet consent so taught the grove reply
Even th' Eccho was a perfect Harmony.

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
True lovers held, bathing themselves in blisse
(Not dreading jealous Juno's nice controuls)
With Mirtle crown'd, they were let loose to kisse
And warble Poans of their happinesse.

There NASO and his JULIA, now no more
CORINNA, with dalliance the day out wore.


There (purged of the folly of disdayning).
Laura walk'd hand in hand with Petrarch joind.
No more of Tyrant Goblin Honour plaining.
There Sidney in rich Stella's arms lay twind,
CAREW and SUCKLING there mine eye did find

And thousands whom my song with silence covers
Privacy pleaseth best enjoying Lovers.


The other Grove brave Soldiers doe possesse,
Adorn'd with Coronets of Palm and Oake,
Some clad in steel, some lock't in glistring Brasse,
Whose shine did (as it were) the Trees provoke
And make their barks like burnisht Armor looke.

The gallant glitt'ring of these harnest Knights,
Brighten those shades in lieu of starry lights.

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.




In yon loyall Brigade ('mongst many more)
I saw and knew the high-born D'Aubigney,
And noble Lindsey, whom the Oxe did gore
In dreadfull Dale; -the Oxe that rear'd on high
His threatning head against that Majesty

Whose Pastures rays'd him to this wanton guize,
Such Beasts, fed full, the cribbe and hand despise.

Spencer (a gallant branch of an old stock)
Northamptons honour'd Earle stood 'mong the best
That feasted Death, and in a bloudy shock
On Hopton Heath his Rebell foes supprest,
Where, having done his work, he went to rest.

Thus Death and Huntsmen let the Rascall flie
And single out the goodliest Deere to die.


Stout Litchfield and Carnarvon heer I spi'd,
Rich Kingstone; and heroick Sunderland,
And valiant St. George that a Conqueror died.
Heer that brave Marquesse de Vieuville did stand
Murder'd in cold bloud, by base Rebells hand.

Rare Stranger! thus I lift thee 'bove these Earles,
They for their King did die, but thou for Charles.


Heer that great son of Valour Grandison,
That with his story every mouth did fill,

I saw and Cary, Fames and Monmouths son,
Faulkland that water'd Newberries fatall Hill;

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.


the yong, yet valiant Villiers there:
Lucas and Lisle with double Crowns I spi'd;
For they both Soldiers and state Martyrs were ;
If Phocas gave that name to all that died

In war, they merit it by double right.

Heer thousands more I saw, but need not name,
Since they'r already in the Lists of Fame.

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
Wherein t'a chrystall Globe earth turn'd shall be,
And our dry bones with stars shall make one Pyre,
How glorious a sight wil't be to see

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
Hung all my braine with blacks: I heard Swans sing
Their own sad farewells to the mourning streams :

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
the Sonne of Nobles.

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
Receaue your great grand Fathers Crowne:
Your birthright Crowns that did suppresse
The roaring Romans hardinesse.
That Virgin Scepter singularie,

Neuer as yet made tributarie :

Your owne true Crowne (Great Sir) I meane,
Your old Fergusian diademe

Except this Crowne that Crowne was neuer,

That did remaine vnconquerd euer:

The Monarchs foure so much renownde,
Were all most odiously decrownde:

The Lyon with the Eagles wings,

(I meane the stout Assyrian Kings,)
Was by the barbarous Boare beate downe,
Which signifies the Persian Crowne,
The Leopard, the Grecian sway
Did beate the mightie Boare away :
And then this Meteor Grecian might
But lasted like a lightning bright:
The fearefull Beast with many teeth,
Which doth poynt out the Romans wrath.
Though this Empyre continued longest,
Yet it was broke euen at the strongest :
Proud Spaine were all but slaves of late,
Vnto the great Cesarian state,
And Casar was a starre beside

To Gregorie for all his pryde:

France hath thryse exchangde the lyne,
Within nine hundreth yeares and nyne:
The Popes head ay an heirelesse crowne,
A birthright for some bastard clowne
The faithlesse, gracelesse Ottoman
Was tributar to Tamerlan,
To Scanderbeg, and Godfrey stout
And to the Christian Kings about:
And let mee speake this but offence,
(With all submissue reuerence)
The Crowne of Iudah did remaine
A captiue long in base disdaine :

But your braue Caledonian Crowne
Beares this cognizance of renowne,
An hundreth and seuen Princes faire
Leaves this vnconquish to their heire:
And of this flocke, fourescore and ten
Were Christian Kings and holy men.
Let any Nation in the world

Vaunt in this manner vncontrold:

For let the Scythian Crowne contend,
Or Egypt for her age defend,

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

As it was acted and done at Scoone, the first day of
Ianuarie, 1651.

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

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