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This very ancient poem is given from a copy printed met long fince at Glasgow, in one sheet 8vo. The world is iro debted for its publication to the lady Jean Hume, fifter to the carl of Hume, who dyed lately at Gibralter.
BOUT Zule, quhen the wind blew cule,
And the round tables began,
Mony a well-favourd man.
They hae taen to the heiding hill
His lady fair to fee.
Zoong Waters he did dee.
F AN CY AND DESIRE :
BY THE EARL OF OXFOR D.
Edward Vere earl of Oxford was in high fame for his poetical talents in the reign of Elizabeth : perhaps it is no injury to his reputation that few of his compositions are pre
served for the inspection of impartial posterity. To gratify
Who triumphs over me ;
Which mourning colours be.
We find in Hall's Chronicle, that when Q. Catharine of Arragon dyed Jan. 8, 1535; “ Queene Anne (Bullen) ware
YELOWE for the mourning." And when this unfortunate princess lost her head May 19, the same year,“ on the afcen“cion day following, the king for mourning ware WHYTE. Fol. 227, 228.
Lond. 1589 P: 172
Edward, who was the XVIIth earl of Oxford of the family of Vere, succeeded his father in his title and honours in 1562, and died an aged man in 1604. See Mr. Walpole's Noble Author's : Ath. Ox.
NOME hither shepherd's swayne ?
Sir, what do you require ?”
" My name is FOND DESIRE."
When wert thou borne, Defire?
“ By fond Conceit men say."
Tell me, who was thy nurse ?
“ Fresh Youth in sugred joy." What was thy meate and dayly foode ?
“ Sad fighes with great annoy."
What hadit thou then to drinke?
Unfavoury lovers teares.”
“ In hope devoyde of feares."
What lulld thee then asleepe ?
“ Sweete speech, which likes me best.” Tell me, where is thy dwelling place ?
“ In gentle hartes I reft.”