Elizabeth Melville

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  • Deanna Evans (Bemidji State University )

At the turn of the Seventeenth Century, Scottish clergyman and poet Alexander Hume dedicated his 1599 volume of poetry to “the faithfvll and vertvovs Ladie, Elizabeth Ma-vill, Ladie Cumrie”. Today this lady is better known by her birth name, Elizabeth Melvill(e). She is the earliest known Scottish woman writer, and her most famous writing is the Calvinist dream-vision poem, Ane Godlie Dreame. It should be noted that the earliest prints of this poem are housed at the National Library of Scotland, but Melville is listed as author in only one. The cover page of the dated print, bears the Scots title, Ane Godlie Dreame, and is said to be “Compylit in Scottish Meter be M. M. Gentelwoman in Culros, …

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Evans, Deanna. "Elizabeth Melville". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 19 April 2005
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