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Notebook of William Edmondstoune Aytoun containing three prose translations from German and Latin, part of a political dialogue, various notes and fragments, and forty-four poems., [Circa 1836.]

Identifier: MS.4917

Scope and Contents

Of the poems, the following were published in “Blackwood's Magazine”: a translation of 'The twenty-second book of the Iliad', May 1839 (folio 14); four poems published as 'Ballads from the Romaic', May 1840 (folios 29 verso, 30, 122, 122 verso); 'The burial march of Dundee', April 1843 (folio 110); 'Who'll buy my Cupids', July 1844 (folio 56); a poem published as 'Magus Muir', November 1847 (folio 127); two versions of 'The widow of Glencoe', December 1847 (folios 69, 107); 'Edinburgh after Flodden', February 1848 (folio 61); a poem published as 'The buried flower', July 1848 (folio 119). Also published were: 'The Scheik of Sinai in 1830', in “Tait's Magazine”, August 1844 (folio 52); 'Oenone', in ‘Lays of the Scottish cavaliers, and other poems’ (Edinburgh, 1849) (folio 25), and 'The dialogue' in 'The Scottish Christian Herald', volume i (1839), page 334 (folio 28).

The unpublished poems are: 'Now come we to the doleful tale' (folio 31); 'The Diver' (folio 32); 'The song of the navigation laws' (folio 33); 'Leopold Falk' (folio 36); 'Georges Le Dreux' (folio 37); 'The tomb of the Klepht' (folio 38); 'Methought I wandered in a rugged wild' (folio 41); 'Andromeda' (folios 41 verso, 48); 'The tale of the buried convent' (folio 43); 'Tis sweet in such a place to lie' (folio 46 verso); "Young Harden's wedding" (folio 51); 'Donna Clara' (folio 53 verso); 'Murielo to his Mistress' (folio 55); 'Up the ghastly glen I tottered' (folio 57 verso); 'The thistle and the roses' (folio 58); two versions of 'Up, my brothers' (folios 59, 73); 'The island of the Scots' (folio 71 verso); 'A soul is parting from this world of sin' (folio 90); 'The Kraken sleeps' (folio 95); "The echo of a nation's tread" (folio 96 verso); 'The temptation of St Anthony' (folio 103); 'We will not raise him from the snow' (folio 106 verso); 'The horrors of the ages', translated from Ovid (folio 113); 'Out spoke then Jove' (folio 116); 'Early wert thou taken, Maria' (folio 118 verso); 'The warder from the turrets' (folio 123 verso); ‘Maximilian on the Martinswand’ (folio 125); 'Robert the Bruce’ (folio 131); ‘The raising of the Beauseant’ (folio 132); ‘Didst thou behold me’ (folio 133 verso).


  • Creation: [Circa 1836.]

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134 Leaves ; Quarto.


134 folios.

The translations begin on folio 3 and folio 114, the political dialogue on folio 79 verso.

There are many blank folios.

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