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Memorials of Edinburgh in the Olden Time


42 MEMORIALS OF EDINBURGH. magnificence, and such displays of loyal attachment, as testified the hearty welcome of the people. The young Queen was of R most tender and affectionate disposition; she seems to have given ‘(Her hand with her heart in it ” to her royal lover, with a gentle spirit of resignation. So soon a8 she stepped on the Scottish shore, she knelt and kissed the ground, praying for all happiness to her adopted country and people ; but ere six weeks had elapsed, the pomp of worldly honour that had greeted her arrival, was called to follow the young bride to the tomb. She was buried with the greatest mourning Scotland ever, till that time, was participant of, in the church of Holyrood House, near King James 11.’ Buchanan, who was an eye-witness, says it was the f i s t instance of mourning-dresses being worn by the Scots ; and triumph and mirrinea was all turned into deregies and soul1 massis, verrie lamentable to behold.” Sir David Lindsay, in a poem of singular inequality, has expressed his Deploratioun of the Deith of Quene Magdalene. He thus apostrophises (Crewel1 Deith) : - Theif ! raw thow nocht the p i t preparatyvis Of Edinburgh, the nobill famous toun, Thow saw the pepill, lauboring for thair lyvis, To mak tryumphe, with trump, and clarioun ; Sic plesour waa never into this regioun, A8 suld haif bene the day of hir entrsce, With greit propynis,‘ gevin till hir Grace.‘ Thow saw makand right costlie scaffalding, Depaintit weill, with gold, and &sure fyne, Reddye preparit for the upsetting, With fontanis, flowing water cleir, and wyne, Disagysit folks: lyke creaturis divyne, On ilk scaffold, to play ane syndrie storie, Bot, all in greiting turnit thow that glorie. Provest, baillies, and lordis of the toun, And princis of the preistis venerabill, Full plesandlye in thair processioun, With all the cunnyng clerkis honorabill ; The herauldis, with their awful vestimentis, With maseris upon ather of thair handis, To rewle the press, with burneist silver wandis. Syne, last of all, in ordour-tl-gumphall, That maist illuster Princee honorabill, With hir the lustye ladyis of Scotland, Quhilk sulde haif bene ane sicht maist delectabil : Hir rayment to rehers, I am nocht habill, Of gold, and perle, and precious stonis brycht, Twinklyog lyke aterris in ane fostie nycht. Under ane pale of golde scho suld haif paat, Be burgeis borne, clothit in silkie fyne, ; 1 Hawthornden, p, 104. Ibid. a Pitacottie, vol. ii. p 374. 4 Presents. Disguised folk or &ora. a Macer.
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