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THE

WORKS

OF

JA MES THE FIRST,

KING OF SCOTLAND,

TO WHICH IS PREFIXED,

A HISTORICAL AND CRITICAL DISSERTATION

ON HIS LIFE AND WRITING S.

AL80,

SOME BRIEF REMARKS ON THE INTIMATE CONNEXION OF

THE SCOTS LANGUAGE

WITH THE OTHER NORTHERN DIALECTS.

AND

a Dissertation on Scottish Music;

THE WHOLE ACCOMPANIED WITH NOTES, HISTORICAL,

CRITICAL AND EXPLANATORY.

Sweet bard! to Scotia dear, thy laws
Were ever true to Freedom's cause;
And while the Thistle rears its head,
While swains old Scotia's mountains tread,
Or Freemen her rich vallies throng,
Thy name shall live, immortaliz'd in song.

PERTH:

PRINTED BY CRERAR AND SON.

FOR G. CLARK, ABERDEEN.

1827

828 J27 TO 1837

Harding

67405

PREFACE.

The following Poems are the production of James 1. King of Scotland, one of the most illustrious

persons who figured in the beginning of the 15th century.-All the Scottish Historians agree in extolling him as a Prince of eminent virtue, and extraordinary genius, endowed with every branch of the learning of his age. He is said to have been a proficient in every department of polite literature, in grammar, oratory, Latin and English poetry, music, jurisprudence, and the philosophy of the times; that in all athletic exercises, particularly in the use of the sword and spear, he was eminently expert; and that his dexterity in tilts and tournaments, in wrestling, in archery, and in the sports of the field, was perfectly unrivalled. Bellenden says he was an expert mediciner, and Pinkerton speaks of his skill in miniature painting and horticulture, and Drummond affirms, that there was nothing wherein the commendation of wit consisted, or any

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