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Be that it drewe to the oware off none

A hondrith fat hartes ded ther lay.

The blewę a mort uppone

the bent, The semblyd on fydis fear ; To the quyrry then the Persè went

To se the bryttlynge off the deare.

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He fayd, It was the Duglas promys

This day to met me hear ;
But I wyfte he wold faylle verament :

A gret oth the Perle swear.

At the laste a fquyar of Northombelonde
Lokyde at his hand full ny,

40 He was war ath the doughetie Doglas comynge ;

With him a myghtè meany,

Both with spear, byll,' and brande :

Yt was a myghti fight to se. Hardyar men both off hart nar hande

Wear not in Criftiantè.

45

The wear twenty hondrith spear-men good

Withouten any fayle ;
The wear borne a-long be the watter a Twydę,
Yth bowndes of Tividale.

50 Leave

V. 31. blwe a mot. -MS. 1. 42. myghtte. Ms. palim. V. 43. brylly. MS, 1.48. withowte . . . feale. MS.

Leave off the brytlyng of the dear, he fayde,

And to your bowys tayk good heed;
For never fithe ye wear on your mothąrs borne
Had
ye

so mickle need.

never

55

The dougheti Dogglas on a ftede

He rode his men beforne ;
His armor glytteryde as dyd a glede ;

A bolder barne was never born,

be:

6

Tell me what men ye ar, he says,
Or whos men that

ye
Who gave youe leave to hunte in this

Chyviat chays in the spyt of me?

The first mane that ever him an answear inayd,

Yt was the good lord Persè :
We wyll not tell the "what men we ar, he says, 65

Nor whos men that we be ;
But we wyll hount hear in this chays

In the fpyte of thyne, and of the.

The fattifte hartes in all Chyviat

We have kyld, and cast to carry them a-way. 70
Be my troth, says the doughtè Dogglas agayn,
Ther-for the ton of us shall de this day,
B 4

Then

V. 52. boys lock ye tayk, M. K. 54. ned. M$. V. 56. att his. M. v. 59. whos. MS. V. 64. Wios. Ms.

W.71. agay. MS,

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But, Persè, thowe art a lord of lande,
I am a yerle callyd within

my

contre ; Let all our men uppone a parti ftande ;

And do the battell off the and of me.

Nowe Cristes cors on his crowne, fayd the lord Perfè,

Who-soever ther-to says nay.
Be my troth, doughtè Doglas, he says,

Thow shalt never fe that day.

85

Nethar in Ynglonde, Skottlonde, nar France,

Nor for no man of a woman born,
But and fortune be

my chance,
I dar met him on man for on,

90

Then bespayke a squyar off Northombarlonde,

Ric. Wytharynton was his nam;
It shall never be told in Sothe-Ynglonde, he says,

To kyng Herry the fourth for sham.

I wat youe byn great lordes twa,

I am a poor squyar of lande ;

I wyll

D. 81. fayd the the. MS. i waw, MS.

V. 88. on. i. e. one.

V. 93.

95

I wyll never se my captayne fyght on a fylde,

And stande my-selffe, and looke on,
But whyll I may my weppone welde

I wyll not • fayl both harte and hande..

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That day, that day, that dredfull day:

The first fit here I fynde.
And you wyll here any mor athe hontyng athe Chyviat

Yet ys ther mor behynd,

THE SECOND PART.

TH
*HE Yngglishe men hade ther bowys yebent,

Ther hartes were good yenoughe;
The first of arros that the thote off,

Seven skore spear-men the floughe.

Yet bydys the yerle Doglas uppon the bent,

A captayne good yenoughe,
And that was fene verament,

For he wrought hom both woo and wouche.

IO

The Dogglas pertyd his oft in thre,
Lyk a cheffe cheften off pryde,

With V. 106. youe . . : hountyng. Ms. 1. 3. first, i. e. flight, 2. 5. byddys. MS.

With fuar speares off myghttè tre

The cum in on every fyde.

Thrughe our Yngglyfhe archery

Gave many a wounde full wyde;
Many a doughete the garde to dy,

Which ganyde them no pryde,

The Ynglyshe men let thear bowys be,

And pulde owt brandes that wer bright,
It was a hevy fyght to se

Bryght swordes on basnites lyght.

Thorowe ryche male, and myne-ye-ple

Many fterne the stroke downe streght,
Many a freyke, that was full fre,

Ther undar foot dyd lyght.

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At last the Duglas and the Perse met,

Lyk to captayns of myght and mayne;
The swapte togethạr tyll the both swat

With fwordes, that wear of fyn myllàn,

30

Thes worthè freckys for to fyght

Ther-to the wear full fayne,
Tyll the bloode owte off thear basnetes (prente,
As ever dyd heal or rayne.

Holde V. 17. boys. MS. 1. 18. briggt. MS. V. 21, throrowe. MS. V.22. done. MS. V. 26. to, i. e. two. Ibid. and of. MS, 1. 32. san. Ms.

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