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Fowler, William, [note] was one of the poets of the Court of James VI.,
before his accession to the English throne. In 1627, two MS. volumes of his poems were
presented, by Drummond of Hawthornden, to the
University of Edinburgh. One of these, which is in folio, is a translation of the Triumphs of Petrarch;
[note] and in the title to it, Fowler is designated “P.
of Hawicke;” which is supposed to mean, Parson of Hawick. A commendatory sonnet, by King
James, is prefixed. The other, which is in quarto, is entitled “The Tarantula of Love;” and consists of original
the manner of Petrarch.
Dr. Leyden, in his Collection of “Scottish Descriptive Poems,” has
given specimens from both these volumes; but there is not a single gem among them.