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conversation of Norman favourites. Yet it is rather improbable that the whole body of Saxon nobles,—that the great council of the nation, who in 1052 decreed the banishment of all those foreigners,—and who, for the purpose of securing their country against the dominion of a Norman, raised to the throne a Saxon nobleman, distinguished by his hatred to that nation,- should have imitated the phraseology of Edward, a sovereign whom they generally and justly despised.
But, be this as it may, the Saxon party in England having been annihilated, even before the death of Malcolm, his successors had no motive for continuing an unsuccessful struggle against a power now firmly established. His three sons, Edgar, Alexander, and David, who after the short reign of their uncle, Donald Baan, successively mounted the throne of Scotland, united themselves as closely as possible with the Norman kings of England. Their sister Matilda was married to Henry I.; Alexander to Sybilla, a natural daughter of the same Henry ; David to the heiress of Northumberland : and during these three reigns, including a period of fifty-six years, from 1097 to 1153, the intercourse between the two kingdoms appears to have been as uninterrupted as if they had been governed by a common sovereign. David, indeed, who passed many years at the court of his brother-in-law, acquired such an affection for Norman customs, that he was considered by his subjects as a Frenchman. He seems to have adopted the whole system of Norman jurisprudence : he promoted the marriage of his female wards with Norman barons ; he encouraged, by numerous privileges, the settlement of English and Norman artizans and merchants in the Scotish towns: ;
3 The army of William the Lion in 1173 is said to have contained a considerable number of English; and William of Newborough observes that, at this time, they formed the bulk of the inhabitants
and so far increased the commerce of his kingdom, that in the reign of his grandson, William the Lion, the burghs were enabled to furnish three-eighths of the whole national contribution“. I should therefore be tempted to ascribe to this reign, and to the concurrence of the above-mentioned causes, that change of language which is generally attributed to the policy of Malcolm III.
If it were proved that the Norman-French was at any time the usual language of the court of Scotland, I should think it must have been so at this period. But it is to be considered that, in these early times, the courts of princes were, during great part of the year, composed solely of their own families and immediate attendants; their plenar courts, that is to say, the general councils or assemblies of their nobles, were only periodical ; and I should much doubt whether, in such assemblies of Scotish barons, the French language was ever universal, or even general. It is not easy to assign any motive which could have induced these independent chieftains to undergo the drudgery of learning a new phraseology. Besides, in estimating the relative efficacy of the causes which may be supposed to corrupt or change the speech of nations, I should attribute much less to the influence of kings and nobles, who must be comparatively few, than to the active intercourse produced among the more numerous classes of mankind by the relations of commerce.
It is well known, that in Cornwall the Celtic dialect has been, almost within our own memory, completely obliterated ; in Wales it has been evidently diminished ; and the distinctions of dialect in our English provinces
in all the towns of Scotland. By English, the historian probably meant people who talked a language composed of Saxon and French; for it is not credible that the towns of Scotland were peopled with natives of England.
4 See Stowe's Annals, A.D. 1205.
are daily becoming less conspicuous. The reason seems to be, that in poor countries the price of mere manual labour is usually lower, and that of ingenuity often much higher, than among their richer neighbours. The Cornish and Welsh labourers, therefore, have a constant inducement to emigrate in search of a more plentiful subsist. ence ; while English miners and mechanics are tempted, by the hope of higher wages, to settle in Wales and Cornwall. A similar transfer and circulation of inhabit. ants has taken place in our English provinces by the natural operation of the towns, whose constantly decreasing population is supplied from the country, while a certain number of small traders and artisans are driven into the villages, where the profits of their trade or ingenuity are free from the danger of competition. By such a process, all peculiarities of dialect must be ultimately, though slowly and imperceptibly, extinguished.
Now, it is evident that the unreserved communication between the Scots and English, during the twelfth century, could not fail of greatly increasing among the former the catalogue of their artificial wants ; and that this must augment their vocabulary by a large importation of foreign words. And if, to all the articles of luxury, parade, and magnificence, multiplied as they were by the variations of fashion, we add the terms of chicane, and war, and hunting, for all of which our islanders were indebted to Norman ingenuity, we may, perhaps, find sufficient grounds to believe that a language very nearly, if not perfectly identical with the English, was likely to be formed in the southern provinces of Scotland before the termination of the twelfth century.
A FACE that should content me
wondrous well. Wyatt, ii. 39. A man may live thrice Nestor's
life. Norton, ii. 114.. A neighbour mine not long ago
there was. Sidney, ii. 223. A silly shepherd woo'd, but wist
not. Anon., iii. 383. A time there was, and divers
there be yet. Anon., iii. 134. A vale there is, enwrapt with dreadful shades. South well,
ü. 174. A woman's face is full of wiles.
Gifford, ii. 179. About the sweet bag of a bee.
Herrick, iii, 286. Adieu,desert, how art thou spent.
Anon., ii. 84. Ah me. Wither, iii. 91. Ah! when will this long weary day have end. Spenser, ji.
203. All my senses, like beacon's
flame. Lord Brook, ii. 232. All ye that grieve to think my
death so near. Watson, ii. 274. Am I despis'd because you say.
Herrick, iii. 287. Amarantha, sweet and fair.
Lovelace, jii. 254. Amaryllis I did woo. Wither,
iii. 77. Amongst the myrtles as I walk'd
Carew, iii. 147.
And though for her sake I'm
crost. Wither, iii. 87. And would you see my mistress'
face. Campion, iii. 17. Anger in hasty words or blows.
Waller, ii. 174. Another scorns the home-spun
thread of rhymes. Hall, ii. 347. April is past! then do not shed.
ton, iii. 247. As Cupid took his bow and bolt.
Anon., iii. 322. As it fell upon a day. Barnfeild,
ii. 316. As poor Aurelia sat alone. Veel,
üi. 373. As then the sky was calm and
fair. Peacham, ii. 372. Ask me no more where Jove
bestows. Carew, ii. 152. Ask me why I send you here.
Carew, iii. 147. At liberty I sit, and see. Anon.,
ii. 83. Away, fond thing ! tempt me no
more. Cokain, iii. 199. Away with these self-loving lads.
Lord Brook, ii. 230.
Beauties, have ye seen this toy.
Jonson, ii. 350. Beauty clear and fair. Beau
mont and Fletcher, iii. 58. Beauty, sweet love, is like the
morning dew. Daniel, ü. 281. Because I breathe not love to
every one. Sidney, ii. 220. Before my face the picture hangs.
Southwell, ii. 171. .
do, but tend. Shakspeare, ii.
courtiers' oaths. Sylvester, ii.
sound. John Hall, ii. fol. Blessings as rich and fragrant
crown your heads. Vaughan,
ji. 308. Blow, blow thou winter-wind.
Shakspeare, ii. 303.
ly taught. G. Fletcher, iii. 49. Captain, or colonel, or knight in
arms. Milton, iii. 203.
close. Cotton, iii. 340. Chloris, farewell! I now must
go. Waller, iii. 172. Choose the darkest part of th'
grove. Dryden, iï. 344.
Sedley, iji. 359.
Crashaw, iii. 205.
Shakspeare, ii. 309.
bower. Anon., iïi. 378. Come, come, dear Night! Love's mart of kisses. Chapman, ii.
257. Come, little infant! love me
now. Marvell, iji. 273. Come, live with me, and be my
dear. Raleigh, ii. 193. Come, live with me, and be my
love. Marlowe, ii. 289. Come, my Celia, let us prove.
Jonson, ii. 348.
Cartwright, iii. 217.
nay, iii. 124.
Cruel you be, who can say nay.
Puttenham, ii. 138. Cupid abroad was 'lated in the
night. Green, ii. 165. Cupid and my Campaspe play'd.
Lylie, ii. 209. Cupid, 'I scorn to beg the art.
Fane, iii. 377. Cupid once was weary grown.
Anon., iïi. 378. Daphnis must from Chloe part.
Marvell, iii. 270. Dear, do not your fair beauty
wrong. May, ii. 123. Dear! I to thee this diamond
commend. Sir John Harring
ton, ii. 276. Dear quirister, who from those
shadows sends. Drummond,
iii. 97. Did you behold that glorious
star, my dear. Prestwich, iïi.
304. Disdain me not without desert.
Wyatt, ii. 37. Distil not poison in inine ears.
John Hall, iii. 303. Divers thy death do diversly
bemoan. Earl of Surrey, ii. 52. Do not conceal thy radiant eyes.
Kinaston, iii. 245. Do 'way your physic, I faint no
more. Anon., ii. 93. Down, stormy Passions, down!
no more. King, iii. 109. Draw near. Stanley, iii. 293. Draw on, sweet Night, best
friend unto those cares. Anon.,
iji. 131. Drink to me only with thine
eyes. Jonson, ii. 349.
Early, cheerful, mounting lark.
Davis, ü. 331? E'en such is time; which takes
in trust. Raleigh, ii. 192.
Faint amorist! what, dost thou
think. Sidney, ii. 214. Fair Amynta, art thou mad.
Sedley, jii. 364. Fame, honour, beauty, state,