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And syne he warned hys men to goo

To chose ther geldyngs gresse.

A Skottysshe knyght hoved upon the bent,

A wache I dare well saye:
So was he ware on the noble Percy

In the dawnynge of the daye.

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He prycked to his pavyleon dore,

As faste as he myght ronne, Awaken, Dowglas, cryed the knyght,

For hys love, that syttes yn trone.

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Awaken, Dowglas, cryed the knyght,

For thow maiste waken wyth wynne : Yender have I spyed the prowde Percy,

And seven standardes wyth hym.

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Nay by my trowth, the Douglas sayed,

It ys but a fayned taylle:
He durste not loke on my bred banner,

For all Ynglonde so haylle.

Was I not yesterdaye at the Newe Castell,

That stonds so fayre on Tyne ? For all the men that Percy hade,

He cowde not garre me ones to dyne.

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V. 77, upon the best bent. MS.

He stepped owt at hys pavelyon dore,

To loke and it were lesse ; Araye yow, lordyngs, one and all,

For here bygynnes no peysse.

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The yerle of Mentaye,* thow arte my eme,

The fowarde I gyve to the:
The yerlle of Huntlay cawte and kene,

He schall wyth the be.

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The lorde of Bowghan † in armure bryght

On the other hand he schall be: Lorde Jhonstone, and lorde Maxwell,

They to schall be with me.

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Swynton fayre fylde upon your pryde
To batell make

yow

bowen : Syr Davy Scotte, Syr Walter Stewarde,

Syr Jhon of Agurstone.

A FYTTE.

THE Perssy came byfore hys oste,

Wych was ever a gentyll knyght, Upon the Dowglas lowde can he crye,

I wyll holde that I have hyght:

* The Earl of Menteith.

+ The Lord Buchan.

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For thow haste brente Northumberlonde,

And done me grete envye;
For thys trespasse thou hast me done,

The tone of us schall dye.

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The Dowglas answerde hym agayne

With grete wurds up on hee,'
And sayd, I have twenty agaynst 'thy’one,

Byholde and thow maiste see.

*

Wyth that the Percye wasgrevyd sore,

For sothe as I yow saye:
+ [He lyghted dowyn upon his fote,

And schoote his horsse clene away.

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Every man sawe that he dyd soo,

That ryall was ever in rowght;
Every man schoote hys horsse him froo,

And lyght hym rowynde abowght.

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Thus Syr Hary Percye toke the fylde,

For soth, as I yow saye:
Jesu Cryste in hevyn on hyght

Dyd helpe hym well that daye.

V. 1, 13, Pearcy, al. MS. V. 4, I will hold to what I hare promised. Ver. 10, hye. MSS. Ver. 11, the one. MS.

* He probably magnifies his strength, to induce him to surrender.

+ All that follows, included in brackets, was not in the first edition.

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But nyne thowzand, ther was no moo;

The cronykle wyll not layne : Forty thowsande Skottes and fowre

That day fowght them agayne.

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But when the batell byganne to joyne,

In hast ther came a knyght, • Then’ letters fayre furth hath he tayne

And thus he sayd full ryght:

My lorde, your father he gretes yow well,

Wyth many a noble knyght; He desyres yow to byde

That he may see thys fyght.

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The Baron of Grastoke ys com owt of the west,

Wyth hym a noble companye;
All they loge at your fathers thys nyght,

And the Battel fayne wold they see.

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For Jesu's love, sayd Syr Harye Percy,

That dyed for yow and me, Wende to my

lorde

my

Father agayne, thow saw me not with yee :

And saye

My trowth ys plyght to yonne Skottysh knyght, 45

It nedes me not to layne,
That I schulde byde hym upon thys bent,

And I have hys trowth agayne :

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And if that I wende off thys grownde

For soth unfoughten awaye,
He wolde me call but a kowarde knyght

In hys londe another daye.

Yet had I lever to be rynde and rente,

By Mary that mykel maye; Then ever my manhod schulde be reprovyd 55

Wyth a Skotte another daye.

Wherfore schote, archars, for my sake,

And let scharpe arowes flee: Mynstrells, playe up for your waryson,

And well quyt it schall be.

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Every man thynke on hys trewe love,

And marke hym to the Trenite : For to God I make myne avowe

This day wyll I not fle.

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The blodye Harte in the Dowglas armes,

Hys standerde stode on hye;
That every man myght full well knowe:

By syde stode Starres thre.

The whyte Lyon on the Ynglysh parte,
Forsoth as I

yow sayne ;

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