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AN ANCIENT Scottish PASTORAL, The palm of pastoral poesy is here contested by a cotemporary writer with the author of the foregoing. The crities will judge of their respective merits ; but must make some allowance for the preceding ballad, which is given fimply, as it stands in the old editions : whereas this, which follows, has been revised and amended throughout by ALLAN RAMSEY, from whose Ever-Green, Vol. I. it is bere chiefly printed. The curious Reader may however compare it with the more original copy, printed among Ancient Scottish “ Poems, from the MS. of George Bannatyne, 1568. Edinb. 1770. 12mo."
Mr. Robert HENRYSON (to whome we are indebted for this poem) appears to so much advantage among the writers of eclogue, that we are forry we can give little other account of him, besides what is contained in the following eloge, written by W. Dunbar, a Scottista poet, who lived about the middle of the 16th century:
“ In Dumferling, he (Death] hath tane Broun,
“ With gude Mr. Robert Henryson.” Indeed some little farther insight into the history of this. Scottish bard is gained from the title prefixed to some of his poems preserved in the British Museum ; viz. “The morall “ Fabillis of Elop compylit be Maister Robert HENRI
SOUN, SCOLMAISTER of Dumfermling, 1571." Harleian MSS. 3865. $1.
In Ramsay's EVERGREEN, V.1. I. whence the above difficb is extrazied, are preserved two other little Doric pieces by Henryfon ; the one intitled The LYON AND THE MOUS&; the other, THE GARMENT OF GUDE LADYIS. Some other of his Poems may be seen in the “ Ancient Scottish Poems " printed from Bannatyne's MS. abuve referred to."
Ver. 19. Bannatyne's MS, reads as above, heynd, nci, keynd, as in the Edinb. edit. 1770. !er. 21. So that no danger. Bannatyne's MS.