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position; more especially in the glaring affectation of anglicising Latin words. The several books are introduced with metrical prologues, which 'are often highly poetical; and shew that Douglas's proper walk was original poetry. In the prologue to the sixth book, he wishes for the Sybill's golden bough, to enable him to follow his master Virgil

through the dark and dangerous labyrinth of the infernal '

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' In the PROLOGUE to the eighth book, '1 Edge.

the alliterative manner of Pierce Plowman Y Unshut, i. e. Opened.
is adopted. 1 Streamers.
5 Pag. 400. 1 Streaks mingled with, &c.
' Issucd. b Blazin .
'i Ivory. e Fr. Ha me. Cloathed.
W Crimson. ** Luminous.

' Crisp

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5 Sprigs. " Dandelion.

' Young. d Youn weeds.

" Trellisses. Espaliers for vines. . ' Gillilfowers. Gariophilum, Lat. Ka

W Locked. Enclosed. Gemmed. gooOvaAo'. Gr. The Scotch word is nearer

* Red. - the original. Probably the poet wrote

Y Watchet. tlmrc arwi/t. See ver. 72. [bare ate-in um- v 1 Blue and wavy. brage.

7' Unbraid. ' It is observable, that our Poet

' Grass embattelled. never once mentions the scent of flowers

till,

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