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With many a bolde baron
The grehounde wolde neuer awaye
By nyght nor yet by daye
But on the grounde he dyde dye.”


Sir David Lyndsay of the Mount, Lion King at Arms under James V., was born about 1490, and became page and playmate to that king, born in 1512. He was a severe satirist of the times, and particularly of the clergy: a reformer, a poet, and ambassador to Charles V. and other sovereigns. Lyndsay would deserve respect were it only for his sentiment, written too by a man in office and at that period :

“Quhat is ane king ? Nocht but an officiar,

To cause his leigis live in aquitie.”

James ever protected him, and was “studious to enforce the payment of his pension even while his own means were few and



The Complaynt of Basche, the King's Hound, was composed during 1536. This dog was bred by Gordon of Pittarie; and presented to the king by his nephew the Earl of Huntly, son of Margaret a natural daughter of James IV., and the master of Huntly."

1 Sir David Lindsay's Works. By G. Chalmers. 1806.





The Kingis Auld Hound, callit


Directit to Bawte, the Kingis Best Belovit Dog,

and His Companzeonis.
Maid at command of King James the Fyft, be Schir
David Lyndesay, of the Mont, Knycht, alias

Lyoun King of Armes.

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I To whom.

2 Moan.

? Make; give. * Beseeching

5 Bear. 6 Ere; before. 7 Out of the town. 8 I thought I had so much influence, that I never dreaded necessity.

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Qukilk, in his hous, did bring me up,
And usit me to slay the deir ;
Sweit milk, and meill, he gart me sul),
That craft, I leirnit sone, perqueir ; 12
All uther vertew ran arreir,
Quhen I began to bark, and flyte ;
For thare was nother monk, nor freir,
Nor wyfe, nor barne, 13 bot I wald byte.


Quhen to the king the cace was knawin 14
Of my unhappy hardines,
And all the suith 15 unto him schawin,16
How everilk dog I did oppres ;
Than, gaif his
grace command

I suld be brocht to his presence;
Notwithstanding my wickitnes,
In court, I gat greit audience.

I rue the day. 2 Since then. 3 Must lie in the yard like a low fellow. + Worrier.

7 Murderer. 5 One year old sheep. 6 Wrestler; fighter.

10 Curse.
11 Inquire.

12 Offhand.
8 Foals. 9 Some brushwood.
13 Child.

16 Shown. 14 Known.

15 Truth.

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I High; alvanced.

2 Care.

3 Falsehood. s knocked me down. 9 Thought best. i Every one. 9 Rascal: worthless fellow. 10 Separated. 11 Banished.

4 Catch. 8 Were it not.

12 Caused.

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Gude brother Lanceman, Lyndsayis dog,
Quhilk ay hes keipit thy lawtie,
And never wirryit lamb, nor hog;
Pray Luffra, Scudlar, and Bawtie,
Of me Bagsche to have pitie,
And provide me ane portioun,
In Dumfermeling, quhare I may dre
Pennance, for my extortioun :

Get, be their solistatioun,
Ane letter from the kingis grace,
That I may have collatioun,
With fyre, and candill, in the place ;
Bot, I will leif schort tyme, allace !
Want I gude fresche flesche for my gammis; 5
Betwix Ashwednisday, and Pace,
I man have leif to wirrie lambis.

Bawtie, considder weill this bill,
And reid this cedule, that I send yow,
And everilk poynt thareof fulfill,
And now in tyme of misă amend yow;
I pray yow, that ye nocht pretend yow,
To clim over hie, nor do na wrang,
Bot from your fais, with richt defend yow,
And tak exempill how I gang."

1 While.
5 Gums; jaws.

2 Bloody shirts.

6 Easter.

3 Laws. i Fault.

4 Suffer. 8 Foes.


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