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
Corrections

Part  VI:
Supplement
POETS — SUPPLEMENT.143
1

  Lowe, Alexander, [note] the author of the well-known song “Mary's Dream,” was tutor in a gentleman's family in the south of Scotland; formed an attachment to one of the daughters, the Mary of his song; and, in a fit of thwarted love, went off to the West Indies, or America. To his “Mary” he also addressed a poetical epistle, of some length, from across the Atlantic, which has never, it is believed, been published. The song of “Mary's Dream” has, since its original publication, received two material improvements; but, whether from the author him-
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self, or the hand of another, is uncertain. The first line stood thus:

“Pale Cynthia just had reach'd the hill.”
2

It has been changed, greatly for the better, into

“The moon had climb'd the highest hill.”
3

The first couplet of the second verse was originally,

“When Mary laid her down to sleep,
And scarcely yet had closed her e'e.”
4

By an excellent alteration, we are let at once into the whole story of this affecting ditty.

“When Mary laid her down to sleep,
Her thoughts on Sandy, far at sea.”