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No tongue can tell
Has his as well,
Thy Jubilee Is marked by Love; 'tis all Thine own,
And given to Thee By all-a sweet flower fully blown, The grace and grandeur of Thy Throne.
'Tis Thy just meed For fifty years of righteous reign;
No heart doth bleed In all Thy kingdom, but the pain Throbs in Thine own and not in vain !
That Thou dost make,
These grateful lines;
'Tis a poor song, By one whose heart has ever been
Loyal and strong, And who, like Simeon, now has seen His hope fulfilled :-GOD SAVE THE QUEEN !
“We do not yet know them satisfactory alibi. And we darefully," cries Master David Hume say, if we were to put a fine point of Godscroft, speaking of the Doug- upon our criticisin, it would be lases in his History; "we do not easy to show that Sholto's claims know them in the fountain but to rank as a historical character in the stream; not in the root but are not less weighty than those of in the stock and stemme, for we Solvathius himself. know not who was the first mean In post-Solvathian days, when, man who did, by his vertue, raise by the aid of actual history, we himself above the vulgar.” Tra- first distinctly discern the Dougdition points out
a position Dhuglas, the
dark- - grey man, among the nobles of Scotland whose valeur turned the tide which could scarcely have been of battle in favour of the royal enhanced by the efforts of the army of King Solvathius, and herald or the genealogist. Minagainst the rebels under Donald erva-like, the first authentic DougBane. This was in the year las steps into Scottish history 767; and heaven forbid that we armed at all points with feudal should venture to gainsay it. power, landed possessions, and an We willingly accept Sholto as the assured rank among the nota“ first mean man of the house of bles of the country. However the Douglas until a more remote far back he might trace his lineage, progenitor has been produced, as we are justified in believing that we accept the hero of Luncarty as the place held by William of the founder of the fortunes of the Douglasdale in the end of the Hays; John the Scot who killed twelfth and beginning of the thirthe buck in the "cleuch" as the teenth century, must have been ancestor of the “ Rough Clan”; or secured for him by generations of the warrior who dared to rescue ancestors of distinction and imthe body of King Kenneth's cousin portance. The “stream" of which from the Pictish gibbet, as the fa- Godscrost speaks was already touchther of all who call themselves Dal- ing high-water in the time of Wilzell, and bear the motto “I dare.” liam “the Hardy,” during the seOur modern historians brush these cond half of the thirteenth cenheroes too lightly aside. But we tury; a few generations more saw are of Godscroft's way of thinking. it fowing “ from bank to brae”; Doubtless there was
first a little later still and it has be“mean man" even in the lofty come an impetuous torrentline of the Douglases, and Sholto will serve well enough for the “Frothing white with many a plume,
Dark blue with many a spear," eponym
until direct historical evidence is forthcoming that he sweeping everything before it, undid not live in the reign of Sol- til checked by the confines which vathius, or until his presence at the a growing Reign of Law was combattle in question is refuted by a pelled to impose upon its course.
In Four Volumes.
The Douglas Book. By William Fraser, C.B., LL.D. Edinburgh : Privately printed. 1885.
Apart from the consequence which during an age of feudalism and the house of Douglas derived from chivalry. Those qualities which its old descent, extensive posses- had raised the house of Douglas sions, royal and noble alliances, and to the highest place of honour in the multitude of its vassals, no its own country, and had made its other Scottish family can boast of name famous throughout Christenthe same number of members who dom, lost their value as feudalism individually, by force of character, gave place to legalism ; and though have made themselves famous in its lords had frequently combined their generation and in the annals statecraft with military prowess, of the chroniclers, or who have yet their natural sphere was the contributed so many names to the field and not the Cabinet. They household words of their country- “ loved better to hear the lark men. Few of the Lords of Doug. sing than the mouse squeak.” When las or of Angus who flourished be- we perceive that in the person of fore the Union of the Crowns are the Regent Morton the diplomawithout some familiar and graphic tist is preponderating over the epithet attached to their names, warrior, are conscious the indicative of the frequency with changed times have set their mark which these were repeated by the upon the Douglas character, and tongues of the vulgar, and of the that it has entered upon an age deep impression which the person to which it will with difficulty alities of these barons must have adapt itself. All the distinct made upon the popular imagina- characteristics of the Douglases tion. A first glance at the Doug- were, if not a direct product of las tree rests upon Sir William the feudal system, at least fos“le Hardi," the companion in- tered by it; and with the extincarms of Wallace and Bruce, the tion of feudalism all the sources “Good Sir James," " Archibald of their pre-eminence are closed the Grim," the Dead Douglas of up. They henceforth take the Otterburn," " Tineman," "James place assigned to them in the
• 6 the Gross,” the proud “Fair Maid ranks of their order, now in of Galloway,” the “ Great Earl of the van, now in the rear, as the Angus," and on the “ homely name case may be; but they cease to of Archibald Bell-the-Cat." All specially influence the national life these have furnished prized themes and to interest the national sentifor the arts of both poet and min- ment as the earlier barons of their strel. There is no injustice in house had done. Godscroft's remark that
The annals of the Douglases
must combine within themselves “So many so good as of the Douglases all the elements of the highest have been,
literary interest. The name of the Of one surname were ne'er in Scotland seen."
“ Black Douglas” found its way into
the lullaby of English mothers. But we
must read it with this The most picturesque pages of our qualification, that their eminence earlier chronicles are those which in the virtues of their age was describe the Douglas exploits. only transcended by the promin- Poets and novelists have alike deence of their vices, especially those lighted in twining the threads of of pride and ambition.
their history with the strands of A race like the Douglases could imagination, and have presented us only flourish in its original lustre with such picturesque and strik