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The rayons

of the sun we see
Diminish in their strength,
The shade of every tower and tree
Extended is in length.

Great is the calm, for every where
The wind is setting down,
The reek throws up right in the air,
From every tower and town.

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The mavis and the philomeen,
The sterling whistles loud,
The cushats 3 on the branches green,
Full quietly they crood 4.

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The glomin 5 comes, the day is spent,
The sun goes out of sight,
And painted is the occident
With purple sanguine bright.

The scarlet nor the golden thread,
Who would their beauty try,
Are nothing like the colour red
And beauty of the sky.

1 Smoke.- - Thrush and nightingale. —3 Wood-pigeons.4 A very expressive word for the note of the cushat, or woodpigeon.--5 Evening.

What pleasure then to walk and see,
Endlang' a river clear,
The perfect form of every tree
Within the deep appear.

The salmon out of cruives? and creels,
Uphailed into scouts +;
The bells and circles on the weills ,
Through leaping of the trouts.

O sure it were a seemly thing,
While all is still and calm,
The praise of God to play and sing
With trumpet and with shalm.

Through all the land great is the gild 6
Of rustic folks that cry;
Of bleating sheep, fra they be fillid,
Of calves and rowting kye.

All labourers draw hame at even,
And can to others say,
Thanks to the gracious God of Heaven,
Quhilk? sent this summer day.

1 Along:

:- Places for confining fish, generally placed in the dam of a river.-3 Baskets.--4 Small boats or yawls.-5 Wells.• Throug.- Who.

BORN 1558.-DIED ABOUT 1600.

THOMAS Nash was born at Lowenstoffe in Suffolk, was bred at Cambridge, and closed a calamitous life of authorship at the age of forty-two. Dr. Beloe" has given a list of his works, and Mr. D'Israeli an account of his shifts and miseries. Adversity seems to have whetted his genius, as his most tolerable verses are those which describe his own despair; and in the midst of his woes, he exposed to just derision the profound fooleries of the astrologer Harvey, who, in the year 1582, had thrown the whole kingdom into consternation by his predictions of the probable effects of the junction of Jupiter and Saturn. Drayton, in his Epistle of Poets and Poesy, says of him

Sharply satyric was he, and that way
He went, since that his being to this day,
Few have attempted, and I surely think,
These words shall hardly be set down with ink,
Shall blast and scorch so as his could.

From the allusion which he makes in the following quotation to Sir P. Sydney's compassion, before the introduction of the following lines, it may be conjectured that he had experienced the bounty of that noble character.

· Anecdotes of Scarce Books.--2 Calamities of Authors.

DESPAIR OF A POOR SCHOLAR,

FROM PIERCE PENNILESS.

Why is't damnation to despair and die,
When life is my true happiness' disease?
My soul, my soul, thy safety makes me fly
The faulty means that might my pain appease ;
Divines and dying men may talk of hell,
But in my heart her several torments dwell.

Ah, worthless wit ! to train me to this woe :
Deceitful arts! that nourish discontent:
Ill thrive the folly that bewitch'd me so !
Vain thoughts, adieu! for-now I will repent,-
And yet my wants persuade me to proceed,
For none take pity of a scholar's need.

Forgive me, God, although I curse my birth,
And ban the air wherein I breathe a wretch,
Since misery hath daunted all my mirth,
And I am quite undone through promise breach;
Ah friends !—no friends that then ungentle frown,
When changing fortune casts us headlong down.

Without redress complains my careless verse,
And Midas' ears relent not at my moan;
In some far land will I my griefs rehearse,
'Mongst them that will be mov'd when I shall

groan, England, adieu! the soil that brought me forth, Adieu ! unkind, where skill is nothing worth.

EDWARD VERE,

EARL OF OXFORD.

BORN 1534.-DIED 1604.

This nobleman sat as Great Chamberlain of England

upon the trial of Mary Queen of Scots. In the year of the armada he distinguished his public spirit by fitting out some ships at his private cost. He had travelled in Italy in his youth, and is said to have returned the most accomplished coxcomb of his age. The story of his quarrel with Sir Philip Sydney, as it is related by Collins, gives us a most unfavourable idea of his manners and temper, and shews to what a height the claims of aristocratical privilege were at that time carried. Some still

· The Earl of Oxford being one day in the tennis-court with Sir Philip Sydney, on some offence which he had taken, ordered him to leave the room, and, on his refusal, gave him the epithet of a puppy. Sir Philip retorted the lie on his lordship; and left the place, expecting to be followed by the peer. But Lord Oxford neither followed him nor noticed his quarrel, till her Majesty's council had time to command the peace. The queen interfered, reminding Sir Philip of the difference between “ earls and gentlemen,” and of the respect which inferiors owed their superiors. Sydney, boldly but respectfully, stated to her majesty, that rank among freemen could claim no other homage than precedency, and did not obey her commands to make submission to Oxford. For a fuller statement of this anecdote, vide the quotation from Collins, in the British Bibliographer, vol. i. p. 83.

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