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He brandeist lyk a beir ;
Bostaris, braggaris, and burganeris,
After him passit into pairis',

All bodin in feir of weir4.
In jakkis stryppis and bonnettis of steil",
Thair leggis were chenyiet to the heille,

Frawart was thair affeir7.
Sum
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uder with brands beft, Some jaggit uthers to the hefto

With knyves that scherp coud scheir 10.

V.
Next in the dance followit Invy',
Fild full of feid and fellony,

Hid malice and dispyte,
For privy haterit that tratour trymlets;
Him followit mony freik dissymlit",

With fenyiet wordis quhytes.
And flattereris into menis faces ,
And backbyteris of sundry races?

* Boasters, braggarts, and bullies. After him passed in pairs. 4 All arrayed in feature of war.-5 In coats of armour and bonnets of steel. Their legs were chained to the heel.(Probably it means covered with iron net-work.). Fróward was their aspect. 8 Some struck upon others with brands.-9 Some stuck others to the bilt. -10 With knives that sharply could mangle.

V. i Followed Envy.---> Filled full of quarrel and felony.—3 For privy hatred that traitor trembled.- Him followed many a dissembling renegado.-5 With feigned words fair or white_6 And fatterers to men's faces.--7 And backbiters of sundry races.

To ley that had delytes,
With rownaris of false lesingiso;
Allace, that courtis of noble kingis 10

Of thame can nevir be quyte".

VI.

Next him in dance cam Cuvatyce',
Rute of all evill and grund of vyce,

That nevir cowd be content,
Catyvis, wrechis, and ockeraris',
Hud-pykis, hurdars, and gadderaris“,

All with that warlo went5.
Out of thair throttis they shot on udder
Het moltin gold, methocht, a fudder?,

As fyre flaucht maist fervent&;
Ay as they tumit thame of schot',
Feynds fild them well up to the thrott

With gold of all kind prent 19.

VII.

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Syne Sweirness at the second bidding
Com lyk a sow out of a midding,

8 To lie that had delight. With spreaders of false lies.-- 10 Alas that courts of noble kings._11 Of them can never be rid.

VI. · Covetousness. Root of all evil and ground of vice, 3 Catives, wretches, and usurers.-4 Misers, hoarders, and gatherers.—5 All with that worldling went. -6 Out of their throats they shot on (each) other.-7 Hot molten gold, methought, a vast quantity.—8 Like fire flakes most fervid.-9 Ay as they emptied themselves of shot.

:-10 With gold of all kind of coin. VII. 1 Then Sloth at a second bidding. Came like a sow from a dunghill.

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Full slepy wes his grunyies. Mony sweir bumbard belly-huddroun“, Mony slute daw and slepy duddroun",

Him servit ay with sounyie. He drew thame furth intill a chenyie?, And Belial with a brydill rennyies,

Ever lascht thame on the lunyie'. In dance they war so slaw of feit 10 They gaif them in the fyre a beit",

And maid theme quicker of counyie 12.

VIII.
Than Lichery, that lathly corss',
Berand lyk a bagit horse?,

And Idleness did him leids
Thair wes with him an ugly sort4
And mony stinkand fowll tramòrt,

That had in sin bene deid 5. Quhen they wer enterit in the daunce, Thay wer full strange of countenance,

Lyk Turkas burnand reid.

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3 Full sleepy was his grunt.-4 Many a lazy glutton.--5 Many a drowsy sleepy sluggard.—6 Him served with care.—7 He drew them forth in a chain. 8 And Belial with a bridle rein,-9 Ever lashed them on the back.10 In dance they were so slow of feet. - They gave them in the fire a heat.- - 12 And made them quicker of apprehension.

VIII. 1 Then Lechery, that loathsome body.-— Rearing like a stallion. And Idleness did him lead. 4 There was with him an ugly sort.—5 That had been dead in sin.- When they were entered in the dance - Like pincers burning red.

IX.
Than the fowll monstir Glutteny,
Of wame unsasiable and gredy',

To dance syn did him dress> ;
Him followit mony a fowll drunckharts
With can and collep, cop and quart“,

In surfeit and excess.
Full mony a waistless wally drag 5
With waimis unwieldable did furth drago,

In creisch that did incress? ;
Drynk, ay they cryit, with mony a gaip,
The feynds gaif thame het leid to laips,

Their lovery wes na less'.

X.
Na menstrals playit to thame but dowt",
For glémen thair wer haldin out,

By day and eke by nicht",
Except a menstrall that slew a man * ;
Sa till his heretage he wan

And enterit by brief of richt6.

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IX. 1 Of womb insatiable and greedy.—2 To dance then addressed himself.--3 Him followed many a foul drunkard. - Different names of drinking vessels.—5 Full many a wasteless sot.6 With bellies unwieldable did drag forth. In grease that did increase. The fiends gave them hot lead to lap. -9 Their love of drinking was not the less.

X. 1 No minstrels without doubt. For gleemen nere were kept out.3 By day and by night.—4 Except a minstrel that slew a man. So till he won his inheritance. And entered by letter of right.

XII.
Than cryd Mahoun for a heleand padyane',
Syn ran a feynd to fetch Mac Fadyane”,

Far northwart in a nuke,
Be he the Correnoth had done schout,
Ersche-men so gadderit him about 5

In hell grit rume they tuke:
Thae termegantis, with tag and tatter,
Full lowd in Ersche begowd to clatter,

And rowp like revin and ruke 6.
The devil sa devit was with thair yell",
That in the depest pot of hell

He smurit thame with smuke 8.

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XII. 1 Then cried Satan for a highland pageant. The name of some highland laird. 3 Far northward in a nook.-4 By the time that he had raised the Correnoth or cry of help.—5 Highlanders so gathered about him.-6 And croaked like ravens and rooks.—7 The devil was so deafened with their yell. He smothered them with smoke.

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