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A HISTORICAL AND CRITICAL DISSERTATION

ON HIS LIFE AND WRITINGS.

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PREFACE.

THE

HE following Poems are the production of James I. King of Scotland, one of the most illustrious persons who figured in the beginning of the 15th century.--All the Scottish Historians agree in extolling him as a Prince of eminent virtue, and extraordinary genius, endowed with every branch of the learning of his age. He is said to have been a proficient in every department of polite literature, in grammar, oratory, Latin and English poetry, music, jurisprudence, and the philosophy of the times; that in all athletic exercises, particularly in the use of the sword

spear, he was eminently expert; and that his dexterity in tilts and tournaments, in wrestling, in archery; and in the sports of the field, was perfectly unrivalled. Bellenden says he was an expert mediciner, and Pinkerton speaks of his skill in miniature painting and horticulture, and Drummond affirms, that there was nothing wherein the commendation of wit consisted, or any

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