A FAITHFUL COMPENDIUM, OF THE Birth, Education, Heroick Exploits & Victories OF His Royal Highness The Illustrious PRINCE JAMES, Duke of York.
AS ALSO The full and just Account of his kind Recep­tion, and high Entertainment by the Scotch Nobility at Edenburgh, the Metropoli­tan City of SCOTLAND.

THe Illustrious Prince, James Duke of York Born on the 14 of October, in the Year of Mans redemption, 1633 and in the Eleventh Year of the Reign of his Royal Father Charles the First, of ever glorious Memory, but no sooner did this brance of Honour begin to florish in the peaceful Court: and raise his tender Virtues to such good esteeem, as made the wonder spread into the utmost Corners of the Frozen North, but envy pearch'd upon our glorious Isle, and fate began to work three Kingdoms ruins; promp­ted on by those ungrateful men, whom sacred Oaths had bound with Lives and Fortunes, to defend what they endea­voured to destroy, for sure it is both Heavens Laws, and those of Princes here below, that are compact and regulated by the same, ought to be held more sacred: then be thrown back into the Face of all preserving justice, such affronts are to om­nipotence as well as to his sacred Vicegerents that command [Page 2] for him the Nations here on Earth, but to return his Royal Highness tho' in his tender years sustained a feeling part of Grief, and danger in those dire callamities raise high, with tides of plebean rage; the which so many years o're flowed the surface of our Albion with a Crimson stream, whilst those infernal Nimrods hunted after Royal Blood: until at last (oh fatal to declare) the best of Kings fell by the worst of Men, whilst Heaven and Earth stood both amazed at such impiety, and Natures mighty hinges Groaned, and weeping Clouds de­clared the spreading sorrow, which since almighty vengeance has conffirmed how sacred Kings lives ought to be held, after which his Highness miraculously escaping their Barbarous hands was obliged for his safety to forego his Native Land; and Cross the swelling Floods: to seek adventure in the Neigh­bouring Kingdoms; where tho' but a stanger as to his per­son, yet the Royal accents of his Noble Soul had given Breath unto the loudest Trump of Fame, that welcomed such great vertues, equal to the greatness of his Birth, for treacherous Fortune has not power to make a conquest over Candid Vir­tue: it still mounts above her reach, and like to the Victori­ous Palm; tho' Laden round and pressed with ponderous waights; yet dares the worst, and still ascends to weave its Top among the Clouds; whilst stormes beneath its branches loudly roar, and all the littel streams of mallice leave their Channels dry, witness Spain, what worthy Praises there his Valliour won, his very name made haughty France to tremble and had his Royal courage been but back'd with Souldiers e­qual to its brave desert the black Princes bold Atcheivements that procured the name of thunder-bolt in War, must have given place to his, and Blush to be out done; whilst with his Sword he had cut out a lasting name in Charecters of Blood, but as it was, Fame owns him for her Son: for like to Mars. he fought even in the Mouth of slaughter; whilst heaps of slain like ramparts hemed him in▪ and yet the power of France, nor English Rebels (for at that time they could be term'd no less) there in league durst brave his noble fury, or once so much as hinder his retreat, but to come nearer home, after the thrice Blessed restoration of his Royal Brother, and our most sacred King; whose daies be as the daies of Heaven, and boundless Blessing shower upon his Head, whilst flaming Cherubims with joy and peace surround his Guarded Throne the Dutch having took breath after, their dreadful overthrow [Page 3] began again to put their former Indignities in use, and by base pretended priviledges, they so exasperated the Nation that has so long rod empress of the Flood; that it was the Royal pleasure to proclaim a War, thereby to Curb the Inso­lencies of the late destressed Hogen Mogens, in which his Royal Highness did command in cheif, whose conduct on the roal­ing Seas, in known unto the utmost limits of the yet known World, how bravely he behaved himself amongst a Thou­sand Fates: tho' dres'd in their most dreadful guises, and for his Kings his own and Countries Honour, undauntedly fought whilst swift Wing'd Death Sung round his Royal Head, and Climbing Fires made all the Ocian seem to Blaze, whilst Peals of Thundering Cannons from each quarter Belched dis­tructive Flame, and ruin seemed to cover all whose force the Dutch no longer being able to resist hoisted their Sails; and with the remnant of their shattered naxy stood amain to shore leaving behind a number of their vessels swallowed in the deep, besides the number that were Captive made, these were brave causes worthy, English Valour at the highest, but 'tis observed, that envies Snakes Lurk too oft beneath the wreaths of Lawrels, that adorn the Conquering Brow, and yet true Worth in spite of those, will find deserved Praise; Fate has not power to tumble down, the structure Fame has raised, 'twas in those times that high applaunses rung, and no Ecclipses screen'd the luster of his rayes but all shewed bright as the meriddian Sun, and oh, that Heaven wou'd so Unite all hearts in peace and concord; that love and joy might run down much like a mighty stream, then vvould our Gold­en daies appear, and shovvers of Blessings would avvaight our Morning dauns and we might rest secure beneath the Ever­lasting Gospels Wings; then Hell in vain might try to make a seperation, all vvould turn to Paradice again, and the refor­med Church might justly Glory in her sacred Beauty; vvhen all Endeavoured to promote her interest, no animosities vvould then arise, but Calm vvould all the blustering Storms of State appear, and smiling mercy vvould conduct us safe to the blessed mansions of our Everlasting habitations there, to sing Ozanas vvith the Glorious Quiers of Saints above, these and such like wishes ought to be the delight of all well af­fected subjects and with continual prayers should implor Hea­ven conffirm the same, but that Scotland should out do our Nation in gratitude and kindness seems most strange, a [Page 4] people rough by nature and contemning art, under a frozen clime, which should by consequence make People harsh, and more uncivil? in respect wherefore it will not be a miss here to incert the manner of his Highness reception, there more fully then hither to it has been published for the satisfaction of the curious.

His Royal Highness after his returning from beyond the Seas, was pleased, accompined with her Royal Highness, to take a progress into the North, to view, his Royal Grandfa­thers antient Kingdom, (viz) Scotland where after much re­spect and gratitude shewed to them through all the English Countries as they passed, they arrived at the famous Town of Barwick, where after some short stay their Royal Highnesses on the 22 of November, about 7 of the Clock in the Morn­ing parted in their Coach with their attendance, and a little distance on the borders, his Majesties standing forces of that Kingdom, commanded by the honourable Marquess Montross, were drawn up to receive them, with all imaginary expres­sions of joy and respect; their Royal Highnesses having no sooner passed through them, but were met and salluted by the Lord Chancellor, and 38 of the Lords of the privy coun­cil, with about 6 more of the cheif nobility of Scotland, who came attended with several hundreds of eminent Gentry, be­sides freeholders and other, making in all a Body of about 2000 Horse bravely accutered, the Nobility being on foot came up to their Royal Highnesses Coach, to pay their respect whereupon his Royal Highness was pleased to alight and re­ceive their compliements, which were that they conceived an unfeigned joy in his Royal highnesses presance, and with all respect welcomed him in that Kingdom, the which his Roy­al Highness most kindly resented by many expressions, and was pleased to stand uncovered, until they had most of them kissed his hand, and paied the like to her Royal Highness in her Coach, after which his Royal Highness, nobly attended passed on to the Duke of Lawderdales House, at Lethington some distance thence, where their Royal Hignesses with most of the nobility were highly entertained for several daies and to conclude a general joy spread every where, through all that Northern Kingdom, the which they were not wanting to express with all the Pompous shews imaginable.

So may our peace and union still grow great,
And Albion florish in dispite of fate.

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