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This panegyric, and the poem, is closed with an apology, 'couched in elegant metaphors, for his own comparative hu
Dunbar's DAUNCE has very great merit in the comic style
It exhibits a groupe of figures touched with the capricious but spirited pencil of Callot.
On the eve of
Lent, a 'general day of confeflion, the poet in a dream sees a
Mahomet', or the devil, corn
mands a dance to be performed by a 'select _party of fiends 5=particularly by those, who in the other world had never made confeffion to the priest, and had consequently never received absolution. Immediately the SEVEN DEADLY Sms appear; and present a malk, or mummery, with the newest gambols just imported from France ". The first is PRIDE, who properly takes place of all the rest, as by that SIN fell the angels. He is described in the fashionable and gallant dress of those times: in a bonnet and gown, his hair thrown
1 To our ears.
fEre your-golden pens were shaped to write.
b Bare and desolat .
= Elegant compo 1 "on,
'1 ST. xxx.
* No fresh and sragrant roses of rhetoric are placed on high in thy garland.
' Be ashamed.
8 Weed. Dress.
h S'r. xxxi.
i Mahon. Sometimes written Mahoun, or Mahound. See Mat. Paris. p. 28 . ad ann. 1236. And Du Fresne, Lat. loss. V. MAHUM. The christiansin the crusades were accustomed to hear the_.Saracens swear by their prophet Mahomet: which thence became in Europe another name for the devil. * ._
- back, his cap awry, and his gown, affectedly flowing to his
feet in large folds.
Let se, quoth he ', now quha beginis?
With that the fowll Deadly Sinnis
And first of all in dance was PRYD,
With hair wyld bak, bonet on syde,
And round about him as a quheill ",
Hang all in rumpillis ® to the heill,
Many proud trumpour ' with him trippit,
Throw skaldan ' fyr ay as they skippit
Several holy .þarlots follow, attendedlby monks, whoi make great sport for the devils '.
Black-belly and Bawsy-brown are the names of popular spirits in Scotland. The latter is perhaps our ROBIN GOODFELLOW, known in Scotland by the name of BROWNIE.
ANGER is drawn with great force, and his accompaniments are boldly feigned. His hand is always upon his knife, and he is followed, in pairs, by boasters, threateners, and quarrelsome persons, all armed for battle, and perpetually wounding one another a. ' '
siENVY is equal to the rest. Under this SIN our author takes occasion to lament, with an honest indignation, that the courts of princes should still give admittance and encouragement to the whisperers- of idle and injurious reports ".
Next in the dance followit INVY,
AVARICE is ufhered in by a troop of extortioners, and other miscreants, patronised by the magician Warloch, or the demon of the covetous; who vomit on each other torrents of melted gold, blazing like wild-fire: and as they are emptied at every discharge, 'the devils replenish their throats 'with fresh supplies of the same liquesied metal '.
burn red like the turkis-stone'. The remainder of the
.sation. In one of the Scotch interludesof this age, written
by a fashionable court-poet, among other ridiculous obscenities, the trying on of a Spanish padlock in public makes a part of theatrical representation.
1 ST. vii. ' s A bridle-rein. Thong of leather.
3 Dunghill. h Lashed them on the loins.
5 Snout. Visage. l Apprehension.
<Lazy, drunken floven. k u Berand like a ba it horse." Thed Slothsul, idle, s pectre. French &agucm need not ice. explained.
j Anended on him with care. 1 ST. viii.
s Into a chain. * GLU TTONX'