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ROBENE AND MAKYNE.
This exceedingly pretty pastoral, the earliest poem of the kind in the Scottish language, is ascribed in the Bannatyne MS., where it is preserved, to Robert Henryson, who appears to have written in the latter half of the fifteenth century. All that is certainly known of the author is that he was chief schoolmaster of Dunfermline.
Robene and Makyne was first printed by Ramsay in his Evergreen, (i. 56,) and afterwards by Lord Hailes, in Ancient Scottish Poems published from the MS. of George Bannatyne, (p. 98.) Some freedoms were taken with the text by Ramsay, and one line was altered by Lord Hailes. Our copy is given from Sib-bald's Chronicle of Scottish Poetry, (i. 115,) where the manuscript is faithfully adhered to.
Robene sat on gud grene hill,
Keipand a flok of fie: Mirry Makyne said him till,
" Robene, thow rew on me;