TO BE OBSERUIT AND ESCHEWIT IN SCOTTIS POESIE)
[Ane schort ∣ Treatise, ∣ conteining some revlis ∣ and cautelis to be obseruit and ∣ eschewit in Scottis ∣ Poesie, was issued in the volume of The Essayes of a Prentise, in the Divine Art of Poesie, printed at Edinburgh by Thomas Vautroullier in 1584. The text is taken from the copy which was formerly in the possession of the poet William Drummond of Hawthornden, and was presented by him to the Library of the University of Edinburgh (De. 2. 57). The Treatise begins at sig. K. On the back of the special title-page is printed 'A Qvadrain of Alexandrin Verse, declaring to qvhome the Authour hes directit his labour. To ignorants obdurde, quhair wilful errour lyis, Nor yit to curious folks, quhilks carping dois detect thee, Nor yit to learned men, quha thinks thame onelie wyis, Bot to the docile bairns of knawledge I direct thee.' The incorporation in a book of Elizabethan texts of a tract on Scots verse, by a Scottish king, requires no apology, especially when its relation to earlier Southern work can be clearly shown (see Introduction).
THE cause why (docile Reader) I haue not dedicat this short treatise to any particular personis (as commounly workis vsis to be) is, that I esteme all thais quha hes already some beginning of knawledge, with ane earnest 5