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
106LIVES OF EMINENT SCOTSMEN.
1

  Boyd, Zachariah, [note] of facetious memory, was the author of a translation of the Bible, in verse, the MS. of which is preserved in the library of the university of Glasgow, to which it was bequeathed, but not as is generally supposed on the condition that it should be printed. The few specimens of it which have seen the light are ridiculous enough. “What hypochondriac,” to use the words of Samuel Colvil, “would not presently be cured at the reading of such lines as these?”

There was a man, called Job,
Dwelt in the land of Uz;
He had a good gift of the gob;
The same case happen us!
2

Or the following soliloquy of Jonah, while in the whale's belly:

What house is this? here's neither coal nor candle,
Where I nothing but guts of fishes handle,
I and my table are both here within,
Where day ne'er dawn'd, where sun did never shine;
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The like of this on earth man never saw,
A living man within a monster's maw,
Buried under mountains, which are high and steep,
Plunged under waters hundred fathoms deep!
Not so was Noah in his house of tree,
For through a window he the light did see;
He sail'd above the highest waves; a wonder,
He and his ark might go and also come,
But I sit still in such a straitned room
As is most uncouth; head and feet together
Among such grease as would a thousand smother, &c.
3

  Boyd lived in the reign of Charles I. and was minister of the Barony Church, Glasgow. Besides his version of the Bible, he bequeathed to the university the whole of his library, and 20,000 l. Scots, in money (about 1,600 1. sterling.) He was a zealous supporter of the Reformed Religion, and published, in his life time (1643) a book, which he meant should promote its interests, entitled “Crosses, Comforts, Counsels, needful to be considered.” He here contends stoutly for cutting off the enemies of the true religion, quoting the great examples of “General Moses and Captain Joab.”