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Hir kirtill was of scarlot reid',
Of gold ane garland of hir heid,
Decorit2 with enameyline :
Belt and brochis of silver fyne.
Of yellow taftais wes hir sark,
Begaryit all with browderit wark,
Richt craftilie with gold and silk.
Than, said the ladie, quhyte* as milk,
Except my sark nothing I crave,
Let thame go hence with all the lave.
Quod they to hir be Janet Fillane
Of this ye get nathing agane.
Than, said the squyer courteslie,
Gude friendis I pray you hartfullie,
Gif ye be worthie men of weir,
Restoirs to hir agane hir geir;
Or be greit God that all has wrocht,
That spuilyie sall be full dere bocht7.
Quod they to him we thé defy,
And drew their swordis haistily,
And straik at him with sa greit ire,
That from his harness flew the fyre:
With duntis' sa derfly 10 on him dang",
That he was never in sic ane thrang 12 :
Bot he him manfullie defendit,
And with ane bolt on thame he bendit.

Red.- : - Adorned.—3 Mr. Chalmers omits explaining this word in his glossary to Lyndsay.--4 While.-—-5 Restore.o Wrought.—7 Bought.-8 Quoth.9 Strokes.—10 Strongly. u Drove.—12 Throng, trouble.

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And when he saw thay wer baith slane,
He to that ladie past agane :
Quhare scho stude nakit on the bent,
And said, tak your abulzement %.
And scho him thankit full humillie,
And put hir claithis on speedilie.
Than kissit he that ladie fair,
And tuik: his leif of hir but mair4.
Be that the taburne and trumpet blew,
And every man to shipbord drew.

Meldrum's Duel with the English Champion

Talbart
Then clarious and trumpets blew,
And weiriours5

many

hither drew;
On eviry side come 6 mony

man
To behald whà the battel wan.
The field was in the meadow green,
Quhare everie man micht weil be seen:
The heraldis put tham sa in order,
That na man' past within the border,
Nor preissit? to com within the green,
Bot heraldis and the campiouns keen;
The order and the circumstance
Wer lang to put in remembrance.

· Grass, or field. Dress, cloathing-3 Took liis leave. 4 Without more ado.-5 Warriors, Came, Press'd.

Quhen thir twa nobill men of weir
Wer weill accounterit in their geir,
And in thair handis strong burdounis',
Than trumpettis blew and clariounis,
And heraldis cryit hie on hicht,
Now let thame go-God shawl the richt.
Than trumpettis blew triumphantly,
And thay twa campiouns eagerlie,
They spurrit their hors with spier on breist,
Pertly to priefs their pith they preist*.
That round rink-room was at utterance,
Bot Talbart's hors with ane mischance
He outterito, and to run was laith?;
Quharof Talbart was wonder wraith 8.
The Squyer furth his rinko he ran,
Commendit weill with every man,
And him discharget of his speir
Honestlie, like ane man of weir.
The trenchour 10 of the Squyreis speir
Stak still into Sir Talbart's geir;

Than everie man into that steid in
Did all beleve that he was dede.
The Squyer lap richt haistillie
From his coursour deliverlie,
And to Sir Talbart made support;
And humillie 13 did him comfort.

12

i Spears.
Shew.-3 Prove.

-A Tried. -'5 Course-room.6 Swerved from the course. Loth. Wroth. Course.-10 Head of the spear.--.1 In that situation.-12 Courser. 13 Humbly.

When Talbart saw into his schield
Ane otter in ane silver field,
This race, said he, I sair may rew,
For I see weill

my

dreame was true;
Methocht yon otter gart? me bleid,
And buir? me backwart from my sted;
But heir I vow to God soverane,
That I sall never justo agane.
. And sweitlie to the Squiyre said,

Thou knawist the cunning that we made,
Quhilk 6 of us twa suld tyne? the field,
He suld baith hors and armour yield
Till him that wan, quhairfore I will
My hors and harness geve thé till.
Then said the Squyer, courteouslie,
Brother, I thank you hartfullie;
Of you, forsooth, nothing I crave,
For I have gotten that I would have.

Squyre Meldrum, after many foreign Exploits, comes

Home and has the following Love-adventure,
Out throw the land then sprang the fame,
That Squyer Meldrum was come hame.
Quhen they heard tell how he debaitito,
With every man he was sa treitet "o,
That quhen he travellit throw the land,

They bankettit" him fra hand to hand 1. Made.-2 Bore.-3 Joust.4 Thou knowest.—5 Agreement of understanding. Which.-7 Lose.—8 To him.-- Fought.com 10 Entertained.--11 Feasted.

With greit solace, till, at the last,
Out throw Stratherne the Squyer past.
And as it did approach the nicht,
Of ane castell he gat ane sicht,
Beside ane montane in ane vale,
And then eftir his greit travailla
He purposit him to repoise
Quhare ilk man did of him rejois.
Of this triumphant pleasand place
Ane lustie lady was maistrés,
Quhais + lord was dead schort time befoir,
Quhairthrow her dolour wes the moir:
Bot yit scho tuik some comforting,
To heir the plesant dulce talking
Of this young Squiyer, of his chance,
And how it fortunit him in France.
This Squyer and the ladie gent"
Did wesche, and then to supper went:
During that nicht there wes nocht ellise
But for to heir of his novellis 7.
Enéas, quhen he fled from Troy,
Did not Quene Dido greiter joy:
The wonderis that he did rehers,
Were langsum for to put in vers,
Of quhilk this lady did rejois :
They drank and syne went to repois.
He found his chalmer 9 well arrayit

With dornik 10 work on bord displayit : 1 Toil. Repose-3 Handsome, pleasant.--4 Whose.-5 Neat, pretty.-- Else. News.—8 Then. Chamber.—-10 Napery.

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