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Holde the, Perfè, said the Doglas,

And i' feth I shall the brynge Wher thowe fhalte have a yerls wagis

Of Jamy our Scottish kynge.

Thoue shalte have thy ransom fre,

I hight the hear this thinge,
For the manfullyste man yet art thowe,

That ever I conqueryd in filde fightyog;

Nay · then' fayd the lord Persè,

I tolde it the beforne,
That I wolde never yeldyde be

To no man of a woman born.


With that ther cam an arrowe haftely

Forthe off a mightie wane,
Hit hathe ftrekene the yerle Duglas

In at the breft bane.

Thoroue lyvar and longs bathe
The sharp arrowe ys gane,

59 That never after in all his lyffe days

He spayke mo wordes but ane,
That was, Fyghte ye, my myrry men, whyllys ye

For my lyf days ben gan.

The V. 33. helde. MS. V. 36. Scottish. MS. V. 49. throroue. MS.


The Persè leanyde on his brande,

And fawe the Duglas de;
He tooke the dede man be the hande,

And sayd, Wo ys me for the !


To have favyde thy lyffe I wolde have pertyd with

My landes for years thre,
For a better man of hart, nare of hande

Was not in all the north countrè.

Of all that se a Skottishe knyght,

Was callyd Sir Hewe the Mongon-byrry, He sawe the Duglas to the deth was dyght;

He spendyd a spear a trusti tre :


He rod uppon a corsiare

Throughe a hondrith archery,
He never styntyde, nar never blane

Tyll he cam to the good lord Perfè.


He set uppone the lorde Persè

A dynte, that was full soare ; With a suar spear of a myghtè tre

Clean thorow the body he the Persè bore,


Athe tothar fyde, that a man myght se,

A large cloth yard and mare :
Towe bettar captayns wear nat in Cristiantè,

Then that day flain wear thare,


p. 74. ber. MS.

1.78. ther. MS.

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An arow, that a cloth yarde was lang,

To th harde stele halyde he ;
A dynt, that was both fad and soar,

He sat on Sir Hewe the Mongon-byrry.


The dynt yt was both fad and • soar,'

That he of Mongon-byrry sete ;
The swane-fethars, that his arrowe bar,

With his hart blood the wear wete.


Ther was never a freake wone foot wolde fle,

But still in stour dyd stand,
Heawyng on yche othar, whyll the myght dre,

With many a bal-ful brande.


This battell begane in Chyviat

An owar befor the none,
And when even-song bell was rang

The batteil was nat half done.

The tooke - on’ on ethar hand

Be the lyght off the mone;



9. 80. Say, i. e. Save. MS. V. 84. haylde. Ms. 1. 87.

far. MS.

Many hade no ftrenght for to stande,

In Chyviat the hillys abone.

Of fifteen hondrith archars of Ynglonde

but fifti and thre;
Of twenty hondrith spear-men of Skotlonde,

But even five and fifti :


But all wear flayne Cheviat within :

The hade no strengthe to stand on he:
The chylde may rue that ys un-borne,

It was the mor pittè.

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Thear was slayne withe the lord Perle

Sir John of Agerstone,
Sir Rogar the hinde Hartly,

Sir Wyllyam the bolde Hearonė.


Sir Jorg the worthè Lovele

A knyght of great renowen,
Sir Raff the ryche Rugbè

With dyntes wear beaten dowene.

For Wetharryngton my harte was wO;
That ever he slayne shulde be ;

For when both his leggis wear hewyne in to,
He knyled and fought on hys kne.

Thet V. 102. abou. MS. V. 108. strenge hy. MS. V. 115 lõule. MS. 8. 121. in to, i, ei in two. V. 122. Yet he ... koy. MS.

Ther was flayne with the dougheti Duglas

Sir Hewe the Mongon-byrry,
Sir Davye Lwdale, that worthè was,

His fiftars son was he:


Sir Charles a Murrè, in that place,

That never a foot wolde fle ;
Sir Hewe Maxwell, a lorde he was,

With the Duglas dyd he dey.


So on the morrowe the mayde them byears

Off byrch, and hasell so gray';
Many wedous with wepyng tears,

Cam to fach ther makys a-way.


Tivydale may carpe off care,

Northombarlond may mayk grat mone,
For towe such captayns, as Nayne wear thear,

On the march perti shall never be none.

Word ys commen to Edden-burrowe
To Jamy the Skottishe kyng,

140 That dougheti Duglas, lyff-tenant of the Merches,

He lay flean Chyviot with-in.

His handdes dyd he weal and wryng,

He fayd, Alas, and woe ys me!


V. 132. gay. Ms. 1. 136. mon. MS. V, 138. non. Ms.

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