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Douglas. . .

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Mr. GRAY offers an opinion upon this tragedy so consonant with that of the present writer, that he claims permission to cite it, as, poetically, an authority perhaps the highest. “I am greatly struck with “the tragedy of Douglas, though it has infinite faults: “the author seems to have retrieved the true lan“guage of the stage, which has been lost for these “hundred years; and there is one scene between Ma“tilda and the old peasant so masterly, that it strikes “ me blind to all the defects in the world.” --

This tragedy abounds in nervous pićturesque and pathetic writing; the chief incidents are extračted from an ancient Scottish Ballad, entitled CHILD MAURIce.—To supply curiosity with a reference at hand, it is here printed correctly:—

CHILD MAURICE.

Child Maurice was an erle's son
His name it waxed wide;

It was nae for his great riches,
Noryit his meikle pride,

But for his dame, a lady gay
Wha livd on Carron side.

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“Hail! hall ! my gentle sire and dame!
“My message winna wait,

* Dame, ye maun to the grenewode gae,
* Afore that it be late.

* Ye're bidden tak this gay mantel,
• Tis a gowd bot the hem:
Ye maun haste to the gude grenewode,
• Ein by yoursel alane.

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* Nae wonder, nae wonder, Child Maurice, * My lady loes thee weil:

* The fairest part of my body “Is blacker than thy heil.

* Yet neir the less now, Child Maurice, * For a thy great bewtie,

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