Lives of
Scottish Poets
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DAVID HILL RADCLIFFE

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Part I. (Volume I.)
Front-matter
James the First
Thomas the Rhymer
John Barbour
Andrew Wyntoun
Gavin Douglas
Allan Ramsay
William Meston
John Home
James Beattie
Robert Burns

Part II. (Volume I.)
Front-matter
James the Fifth
William Dunbar
Sir James Inglis
Henry the Minstrel
Sir David Lyndsay
Alexander Barclay
Alexander Montgomerie
William Alexander
William Drummond
James Thomson
John Oswald

Part III. (Volume II.)
Front-matter
James the Sixth
Sir Richard Maitland
Arthur Johnston
Hamilton of Bangour
Hamilton of Gilbertfield
Samuel Colvil
Alexander Ross
John Armstrong
John Ogilvie
James Macpherson
Charles Salmon

Part IV. (Volume II.)
Front-matter
Alexander Hume
John Bellenden
Mark Alexander Boyd
Ninian Paterson
William Wilkie
Robert Fergusson
William Julius Mickle
Alexander Geddes
James Grahame

Part V. (Volume III.)
Front-matter
Robert Henryson
Alexander Scott
Walter Kennedy
John Ogilby
Alexander Pennecuik
Alexander Cunningham
David Mallet
William Falconer
Francis Garden
Robert Blair
James Moor
James Graeme
Caleb Whitefoord
James Grainger
Hector Macneill
John Wilson

Part VI. (Volume III.)
Front-matter
Robert Kerr
Richard Lord Maitland
Thomas Hamilton
Charles Hamilton
Michael Bruce
Thomas Blacklock
John Logan
Andrew Macdonald
James Mercer

Appendix. (Volume III.)
James I
Allan Ramsay
John Home
Robert Burns
William Drummond
Robert Fergusson
Alexander Scott
John Wilson
Index
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Part  VI:
Supplement
POETS — SUPPLEMENT.97
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  Ayton, Sir Robert, [note] Private Secretary to the Queen of Denmark, [note] wife of James VI. wrote some Latin Poems, to be found in the Deliciæ Poetarum Scotorum, [note] and also cultivated English poetry with considerable success. Some specimens of the latter are preserved in the Collections of Watson [note] and Pinkerton. [note] A panegyrical Sonnet, by Ayton, occurs among “the Poetical Essayes of Alexander Craige.” The following specimen must induce a regret, that he had not written more; it rivals even the Sonnets of Drummond, in elegance of fancy, and harmony of versification.

POETS — SUPPLEMENT.99
On a Woman's inconstancy.
I lov'd thee once, I'll love no more,
Thine be the grief, as is the blame;
Thou art not what thou wast before,
What reason I should be the same.
He that can love unlov'd again
Hath better store of love than brain.
God send me love my debts to pay,
While unthrifts fool their love away.
Nothing could have my love o'erthrown
If thou hadst still continued mine;
Yea, if thou hadst remain'd thy own,
I might, perchance, have yet been thine;
But thou thy freedom did recal,
That it thou might elsewhere enthral,
And then, how could I but disdain
A captive's captive to remain.
When new desires had conquer'd thee,
And chang'd the object of thy will,
It had been lethargy in use,
No constancy, to love thee still:
Yea, it hath been a sin to go
And prostitute affection so,
Since we are taught no prayers to say
To such as must to others pray.
Yet do thou glory in thy choice;
Thy choice, of his good fortune boast;
I'll neither grieve nor yet rejoice,
To see him gain what I have lost:
100LIVES OF EMINENT SCOTSMEN.
The height of my disdain shall be,
To laugh at him, to blush for thee;
To love thee still, but go no more
A begging at a beggar's door.