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452 SIR DAVID LINDSAY.


in holy relics and absolutions. It occurs in his play entitled " Ane Satyre of the Thrie Estaitis :"

My potent pardonnis ye may se Cum frae the Can of Tartarie,

Weill seillit with ester schellis. Thocht ye haif no discretioun, Ye sail haif full remissioun,

With help of buikis and bellis. Heir is a rellik lang and braid, Of Fynmackowll the richt chaf t blade, With teith and all togidder ; Of Collingis Kow heir is a home, For eitting of Makameillis corne

Was slane into Baquhidder ; Heir is the cordis baith grit and lang Quhilk hangit Johnnie Armistrang,

Of gude hempt saft and sound: Gude haly pepill, I stand ford, Quhaeir beis hangit in this cord,

Neidis never to be drowned. The culum of St Bryddis cow, The gruntill of Sanct Antonis sow, Quhilk bure his haly bell : Quha evir heiris this bell clink GSfe me a duccat to the drinke,

He sail nevir gang till hell Without he be with Belliall borne. Maisteris, trew ye that this be scorne ! Cum, win this pardon, cum ! Quha luivis thair wyvis not with thair hairt I haif power thame to depairt ;

Me think you deif and dum. Hes nane of you curst wicket wyvis That haldis you into sturt and stryvis J Cum take my dispensatioun ; Of that cummer I sail mak you quyt, Howbeid yourself be in the wyte,

And mak ane fals narratioun. Cum win the pardone, now let see For meill, for malt, or for money ;

For cok, hen, guse, or gryss. Of rellikkis heir I haif a hunder, Quhy cum ye not ? This is a wonder ; I trow ye be not wyss.

From this it will be plainly seen what a dangerous and powerful ene- my the Romish church had to contend with in the person of Lindsay infinitely more dangerous and more powerful than the ablest preacher or the most acute reasoner. The effect, indeed, aided as it was, by the circumstance of the public mind being already attuned to such feelings and sentiments regard- ing religious matters, was altogether irresistible ; and there is no doubt that this and similar productions of the satirist, tended more to the accomplishment of the final overthrow of popery in Scotland than any other circumstance previous to the Reformation. Lindsay himself was the Burns of his day. His poems were in every mouth, and were equally appreciated in the cottage as in the castle.