The Brus by John Barbour


[Criticism of the compact about Stirling Castle]

	And quhen this connand thus wes mad
	Schir Philip intill Ingland raid
	And tauld the king all haile his tale,
	How he a tuelf moneth all hale
5	Had as it writyn wes in thar taile
	To reskew Strevillyne with bataill.
	And quhen he hard Schyr Philip say
	That Scottismen had set a day
	To fecht and that sic space he had
10	To purvay him he wes rycht glaid,
	And said it wes gret sukudry
	That set thaim apon sic foly,
	For he thocht to be or that day
	Sa purvayit and in sic aray
15	That thar suld nane strenth him withstand,
	And quhen the lordis off Ingland
	Herd that this day wes set planly
	Thai jugyt all to gret foly,
	And thoucht to haiff all thar liking
20	Giff men abaid thaim in fechting,
	Bot oft faillys the fulis thocht
	And yeit wys mennys ay cummys nocht
	To sic end as thai wene allwayis.
	A litill stane oft, as men sayis,
25	May ger weltyr a mekill wayn,
	Na mannys mycht may stand agayn
	The grace off God that all thing steris,
	He wate quhat till all thing afferis
	And disponys at his liking
30	Efter his ordynance all thing.
[King Robert criticises his brother]

	Quhen Schyr Edward, as I you say,
	Had gevyn sa outrageous a day
	To yeld or reskew Strevillyne,
	Rycht to the king he went him syne
35	And tauld quhat tretys he had mad
	And quhat day he thaim gevyn had.
	The king said quhen he hard the day,
	'That wes unwisly doyn, perfay.
	Ik herd never quhar sa lang warnyng
40	Wes gevyn to sa mychty a king
	As is the king off Ingland,
	For he has now intill hand
	Ingland, Ireland and Walis alsua
	And Aquitayngne yeit with all tha,
45	And off Scotland yeit a party
	Dwellis under his senyoury,
	And off tresour sa stuffyt is he
	That he may wageouris haiff plente,
	And we are quhoyne agayne sa fele.
50	God may rycht weill oure werdys dele,
	Bot we ar set in juperty
	To tyne or wyn then hastely.'
	Schyr Edward said, 'Sa God me rede,
	Thocht he and all that he may led
55	Cum, wes sall  fecht, all war thai ma.'
	Quhen the king hard his broder sua
	Spek to the bataile sa hardyly
	He prisyt him in hys hart gretumly
	And said, 'Broder, sen sua is gane
60	That this thing thus is undretane
	Schap we us tharfor manlely,
	And all that luffis us tenderly
	And the fredome off this countre
	Purvay thaim at that time to be
65	Boune with all mycht that ever thai may,
	Sua giff that our fayis assay
	To reskew Strevilline throu bataill
	That we off purpos ger thaim faill.'
[Both sides prepare for an English invasion; King Edward's resources]

	To this thai all assentyt ar
70	And bad thar men all mak thaim yar
	For to be boun agayne that day
	On the best wis that ever thai may.
	Than all that worthi war to fycht
	Off Scotland set all hale thar mycht
75	To purvay thaim agane that day,
	Wapynnys and armouris purvayit thai
	And all that afferis to fechting.
	And in Ingland the mychty king
	Purvayit him in sa gret aray
80	That certis hard I never say
	That Inglismen mar aparaile
	Maid than did than for bataill,
	For quhen the tyme wes cummyn ner
	He assemblit all his power,
85	And but his awne chevalry
	That wes sa gret it wes ferly
	He had of mony ser countre
	With him gud men of gret bounte.
	Of Fraunce worthi chevalry
90	He had intill his cumpany,
	The erle off Henaud als wes thar
	And with him men that worthi war,
	Off Gascoyne and off Almany
	And off the duche of Bretayngny
95	He had wycht men and weill farand
	Armyt clenly bath fute and hand,
	Off Ingland to the chevalry	97*
	He had gaderyt sa clenly	98*
	That nane left that mycht wapynnys weld	97
100	Or mycht war to fecht in feild,	98
	All Walis als with him had he
	And off Irland a gret mengne,
	Off Pouty Aquitane and Bayoun
	He had mony off gret renoune,
105	And off Scotland he had yeit then	103*
	A gret menye of worthy men.	104*
[The appearance of the English host]

	Quhen all thir sammyn assemblit war	105*
	He had of fechtaris with him thar	106*
	Ane hunder thousand men and ma	103
110	And fourty thousand war of tha	104
	Armyt on hors bath heid and hand,
	And of thai yeit war thre thousand	
	With helyt hors in plate and mailye
	To mak the front off the batailye,
115	And fyfty thousand off archeris	109
	He had foroutyn hobeleris,
	And men of fute and small rangale
	That yemyt harnays and vittaile
	He had sa fele it wes ferly.
120	Off cartis als thar yeid thaim by	114
	Sa fele that, but all thai that bar
	Harnays and als that chargyt war
	With pailyounys and veschall with-all
	And aparaile of chambyr and hall
125	And wyne and wax schot and vittaile,	119
	Aucht scor wes chargyt with pulaile.
	Thai war sa fele quhar that thai raid
	And thar bataillis war sa braid
	And sua gret roume held thar chare
130	That men that mekill ost mycht se	124
	Ourtak the landis largely.
	Men mycht se than that had bene by
	Mony a worthi man and wycht
	And mony ane armur gayly dycht
135	And mony a sturdy sterand stede	129
	Arayit intill ryche wede,
	Mony helmys and haberjounys
	Scheldis and speris and penounys,	132*
	And sa mony a cumbly knycht	132
140	That it semyt that into fycht	133
	Thai suld vencus the warld all haile.
[The dispositions of the English host; the march from Berwick]

	Quhy suld I mak to lang my taile?
	To Berwik ar thai cummyn ilkane
	And sum tharin has innys tane
145	And sum logyt without the town ys	138
	In tentis and in pailyounys.
	And quhen the king his ost has sene
	So gret and sa gud men and clene
	He wes rycht joyfull in his thocht
150	And weile supposyt that thar wes nocht	143
	In warld a king mycht him withstand,
	Him thocht all wonnyn till his hand,
	And largly amang his men
	The land of Scotland delt he then,
155	Off other mennys thing larg wes he.	148
	And thai that war off his menye
	Manausyt the Scottismen hely
	With gret wordis, bot nocht-forthi
	Or thai cum all to thar entent
160	Howis in haile claith sall be rent.	153
	The king throu consaile of his men
	His folk delt in bataillis ten,
	In ilkane war weile ten thousand
	That lete thai stalwartly suld stand
165	In the bataile and stythly fycht	158
	And leve nocht for thar fayis mycht.
	He set ledaris till ilk bataile
	That knawin war of gud governaile,
	And till renownyt erlis twa
170	Off Glosyster and herfurd war tha	163
	He gaf the vaward in leding
	With mony men at thar bidding
	Ordanyt into full gud aray.
	Thai war sa chevalrous that thai
175	Trowyt giff thai come to fycht	168
	Thar suld na strenth withstand thar mycht.
	And the king quhen his mengne wer
	Divisit intill bataillis ser
	His awyne bataill ordanyt he
180	And quha suld at his bridill be,	173
	Schyr Gilis Argente he set
	Apon a half his reyngye to get,
	And off Valence Schyr Amery
	On other half that wes worthy,
185	For in thar soverane bounte	178
	Out-our the lave affyit he.
	Quhen the king apon this kyn wys
	Had ordanyt as Ik her divis
	His bataillis and his stering
190	He rais arly in a mornyng	183
	And fra Berwik he tuk the way.
	Bath hillis and valis hely thai
	As the bataillis that war braid
	Departyt our the feldis raid.
195	The sone wes brycht and schynand cler	188
	And armouris that burnysyt wer
	Sua blomyt with the sonnys beme
	That all the land wes in a leme,
	Baneris rycht fayrly flawmand
200	And penselys to the wynd wavand	193
	Sua fele thar wer of ser quentis
	That it war gret slycht for to divise,
	And suld I tell all thar affer
	Thar con tenance and thar maner
205	Thoucht I couth I suld combryt be.	198
	The king with all that gret menye
	Till Edinbyrgh he raid him rycht,
	Thai war all-out to fele to fycht
	With few folk of a symple land,
210	Bot quhar God helpys quhat ma withstand.	203
[Muster of the Scottish army; its size and commanders]

	The king Robert quhen he hard say
	That Inglismen in sic aray
	And into sua gret quantite
	Come in his land, in hy gert he
215	His men be somound generaly,	208
	And thai come all full wilfully
	To the Torwod quhar that the king
	Had ordanyt to mak thar meting.
	Schir Edward the Bruce the worthi
220	Come with a full gret cumpany	213
	Off gud men armyt weill at rycht
	Hardy and forsy for to fycht,
	Walter Stewart of Scotland syne
	That than wes bot a berdles hyne
225	Come with a rout of noble men,	218
	That men mycht be contynence ken.
	The gud lord of Douglas alsua
	Brocht with him men Ik underta
	That weile war usit in fechting,
230	Thai sall the les haiff abaysimg	223
	Giff thaim betid in thrang to be,
	Avantage thai sall tittar se
	For to stonay thar fayis mycht
	Than men that usis nocht to fycht.
235	The erle off Murreff with his men	228
	Arayit weile come alsua then
	Into gud covyne for to fycht
	And gret will for to manteym thar mycht
	Outakyn other mony barounys
240	And knychtis that of gret renowne is	233
	Come with thar men full stalwartly.
	Quhen thai war assemblyt halely
	Off fechtand men I trow thai war
	Thretty thousand and sumdele mar,
245	Foroutyn cariage and pettaill	238
	That yemyt harnayis and vittaill.
	Our all the ost than yeid the king
	And beheld to thar contenyng
	And saw thaim of full fayr affer.
250	Off hardy contenance thai wer,	243
	Be liklynes the mast cowart
	Semyt full weill to do his part.
	The king has sene all thar having
	That knew him weile into sic thing,
255	And saw thaim all commounaly	248
	Off sic contenance and sa hardy
	Forout effray or abaysing.
	In his hart had he gret liking
	And thoucht that men of sa gret will
260	Giff thai wald set thar will thartill	253
	Suld be full hard to wyn perfay.
	Ay as he met thaim in the way
	He welcummyt thaim with glaidsum  far
	Spekand gud wordis her and thar,
265	And thai that thar lord sa mekly	258
	Saw welcum thaim and sa hamly
	Joyfull thai war, and thocht that thai
	Aucht weill to put thaim till assay
	Off hard fechting or stalwart stur
270	For to maynteyme hys honur.	263
[King Robert proposes the division of his host]

	The worthi king quhen he has sene
	Hys ost assemblit all bedene
	And saw thaim wilfull to fulfill
	His liking with gud hart and will
275	And to maynteyme weill thar franchis	268
	He wes rejosyt mony wys
	And callyt all his consaile preve
	And said thaim, 'Lordis, now ye se 
	That Inglismen with mekill mycht
280	Has all disponyt thaim for the fycht	273
	For thai yone castell wald reskew.
	Tharfor is gud we ordane now
	How we may let thaim of thar purpos
	And sua to thaim the wayis clos
285	That thai pas nocht but gret letting.	278
	We haiff her with us at bidding
	Weile thretty thousand men and ma,
	Mak we four bataillis of tha
	And ordane us on sic maner
290	And quhen our fayis cummys ner	283
	We to the New Park hald our way,
	For thar behovys thaim nede away
	Bot giff that thai will beneuth us ga
	And our the merrais pass, and sua
295	We sall be at avantage thar.	288
	And me think that rycht spedfull war
	To gang on fute to this fechting
	Armyt bot in litill armyng,
	For schup we us on hors to fycht
300	Sen our fayis ar mar off mycht	293
	And bettyr horsyt than ar we
	We suld into gret perell be,
	And gyff we fecht on fute perfay
	At a vantage we sall be ay,
305	For in the park amang the treys	298
	The horsmen alwayis cummerit beis,
	And the sykis alssua that ar thar-doun
	Sall put thaim to confusioune.'
[The four divisions and their commanders]

	All thai consentyt till that saw
310	And than intill a litill thraw	303
	Thar four bataillis ordanyt thai,
	And till the Erle Thomas perfay
	Thai gaiff the vaward in leding
	For in his noble governyng
315	And in his hey chevalry	308
	Thai assoueryt rycht soveranly,
	And for to maynteyme his baner
	Lordis that off gret worschip wer
	Wer assygnyt with thar mengne
320	Intill his bataill for to be.	313
	The toother bataill wes gevyn to led
	Till him that douchty wes of deid
	And prisyt off hey chevalry,
	Thar wes Schyr Edward the worthy,
325	I trow he sall maynteyme it sua	318
	That howsaever the gamyn ga
	His fayis to plenye sall mater haf.
	And syne the thrid bataill thai gaff
	Till Walter Stewart for to leid
330	And to Douglas douchty of deid	323
	Thai war cosyngis in ner degre
	Tharfor till him betaucht wes he
	For he wes young, bot nocht-forthi
	I trow he sall sa manlily
335	Do his devour and wirk sa weill	328
	That him sall nede ne mar yemseill.
	The ferd bataile the noble king
	Tuk till his awne governyng,
	And had intill his cumpany
340	The men of Carrik halely	333
	And off Arghile and of Kentyr
	And off the Ilis quharof wes syr
	Angus of Ile, and but all tha
	He off the plane land had alsua
345	Off armyt men a mekill rout,	338
	His bataill stalwart wes and stout.
	He said the rerward he wald ma
	And evyn forrouth him suld ga
	The vaward, and on ather hand
350	The tother bataillis suld be gangand	343
	Besid on sid a litill space,
	And the king that behind thaim was
	Suld se quhar thar war mast myster
	And releve thar with his baner.
[The digging of pots by the roadside]

355	The king thus that wes wycht and wys	348
	And rych avisť at divis
	Ordanyt his men for the fechting
	In gud aray in alkyn thing.
	And on the morn on Setterday
360	The king hard his discourouris say	353
	That inglismen with mekill mycht
	Had lyin at Edinburgh all nycht.
	Tharfor withoutyn mar delay
	He till the New Park held his way
365	With all that in his leding war	358
	And in the Park thaim herberyt thar,
	And in a plane feld be the way
	Quhar he thoucht ned behovyd away
	The Inglismen, gif that thai wald
370	Throu the Park to the castell hald	363
	He gert men mony pottis ma
	Off a fute-breid round, and al tha
	War dep up till a mannys kne,
	Sa thyk that thai mycht liknyt be
375	Till a wax cayme that beis mais.	368
	All that nycht travailland he wais
	Sua that or day he has maid
	Thai pottis, and thaim helit haid
	With stykkis and with gres all grene
380	Sua that thai moucht nocht weil be sen.	373
[Sunday; the Scots prepare for combat with mass and by arming themselves]

	On Sonday than in the mornyng
	Weile sone after the sone rising
	Thai hard thar mes commounaly
	And mony thaim schraiff full devotly
385	That thocht to dey in that melle	378
	Or than to mak thar contre fre.
	To God for thar rycht prayit thai,
	Thar dynit nane of thaim that day
	Bot for the vigil off Sanct Jhane
390	Thai fastyt water and breid ilkan.	383
	The king quhen that the mes wes don
	Went furth to se the pottis sone
	And at his liking saw thaim mad,
	On ather sid rycht weill braid
395	It wes pittyt as Ik haif tauld.	388
	Giff that thar fayis on hors wald hald
	Furth in that way I trow thai sall
	Nocht weill eschaip foroutyn fall.
	Throu-out the ost thar gert he cry
400	That all suld arme thaim hastily	393
	And busk thaim on thar best maner,
	And quhen thai assemblyt wer
	He gert aray thaim for the fycht,
	And syne gert cry our-all on hycht
405	That quha-sa-ever he war that fand 	398
	Hys hart nocht sekyr for to stand
	To wyn all or dey with honur
	For to maynteyme that stalwart stour
	That he betyme suld hald his way,
410	And suld duell with him bot thai	403
	That wald stand with him to the end
	And tak the ure that God wald send.
	Than all answerd with a cry
	And with a voce said generaly
415	That nane for dout off deid suld faile	408
	Quhill discumfyt war the gret bataile.
[Disposition of the small folk; preparations for the English advance]

	Quhen the gud king has hard his men
	Sa hardely answer him then
	Sayand that nother dede na dreid
420	Till sic discomfort suld thaim leid	413
	That thai suld eschew the fechting
	In hart he had gret rejosing,
	For him thocht men off sic covyn
	Sa gud and hardy and sa fyne
425	Suld weile in bataill hald thar rycht	418
	Agayne men off full mekill mycht.
	Syne all the smale folk and pitall
	He send with harnays and with vitaill
	Intill the Park weill fer him fra
430	And fra the bataillis gert thaim ga	423
	And als he bad thai went thar way,
	Twenty thousand weile ner war thai.
	Thai held thar way till a vale,
	The king left with a clene mengne
435	The-quhethir thai war thretty thousand	428
	That I trow sall stalwartly stand
	And do thar devour as thai aw.
	Thai stud than rangyt all on a raw
	Redy for to gyff hard bataill
440	Giff ony folk wald thaim assaile.	433
	The king gert thaim all buskit be
	For he wyst in certante
	That his fayis all nycht lay
	At the Fawkyrk, and syne that thai
445	Held towart him the way all straucht	438
	With mony men of mekill maucht.
	Tharfor till his nevo bad he
	The erle off Murreff with his menye
	Besid the kyrk to kepe the way
450	That na man pas that gat away	443
	For to debate the castell,
	And he said himself suld weill
	Kepe the entre with his bataill
	Giff that ony wald assale,
455	And syne his broder Schyr Edward	448
	And young Walter alsua Steward
	And the lord of Douglas alsua
	With thar mengne gud tent suld ta
	Quhilk off thaim had of help myster
460	And help with thaim that with him wer.	453
[King Robert has the English host surveyed;
spreads a false account of its strength]

	The king send than James of Douglas
	And Schyr Robert the Keyth that was
	Marschell off the ost of fe
	The Inglismennys come to se,
465	And thai lap on and furth thai raid	458
	Weile horsyt men with thaim thai haid,
	And sone the gret ost haf thai sene
	Quhar scheildis schynand war sa schene
	And bassynetis burnyst brycht
470	That gave agayne the sone gret lycht.	463
	Thai saw sa fele browdyne baneris 
	Standaris and pennounys and speris,
	And sa fele knychtis apon stedis
	All flawmand in thar wedis,
475	And sa fele bataillis and sa braid	468
	That tuk sa gret roume as thai rqaid
	That the maist ost and the stoutest
	Off Crystyndome and the grettest
	Suld be abaysit for to se
480	Thair fayis into sic quantite	473
	And sua arayit for to fycht.
	Quhen thar discourrouris has had sycht
	Off thar fayis as I you say
	Towart the king thai tuk thair way,
485	And tauld him intill prevete	478
	The multitud and the beaute
	Off thair fayis that come sa braid
	And off the gret mycht that thai haid.
	Than the king bad thaim thai suld ma
490	Na contenance that it war sua	483
	Bot lat thaim into commoune say
	That thai cum intill evyll aray
	To confort his on that wys,
	For oftsys throu a word may rys
495	Discomford and tynsaill with-all,	488
	And throu a word als weill may fall
	Comford may rys and hardyment
	May ger men do thar entent.
	On the samyn wys it did her,
500	Thar comford and thar hardy cher	493
	Comford thaim sa gretumly 
	Off thar ost that the leyst hardy
	Be contenance wald formast be
	For to begyne the gret melle.
[The English send an advance party to rescue the castle]

505	Apon this wis the noble king	498
	Gaff all his men recomforting
	Throu hardy contenance of cher
	That he maid on sa gud maner.
	Thaim thocht that na myscheiff mycht be
510	Sa gret with-thi thai him mycht se	503
	Befor thaim sua tha thaim suld greve
	That ne his worschip suld thaim releve,
	His worschip confort thaim sua
	And contensnce that he gan ma
515	That the mast coward wes hardy.	508
	On other half full sturdely
	The Inglismen in sic aray
	As ye haf herd me forouth say
	Comed with thar bataillis approchand
520	The baneris to the wynd wavand,	513
	And quhen thai cummyn war sa ner
	That bot twa myle betwix thaim wer
	Thai chesyt a joly cumpany
	Off men that wicht war and hardy
525	On fayr courseris armyt at rycht,	518
	Four banrentis off mekill mycht
	War capitanys of that route,
	The Syr the Clyffurd that wes stout
	Wes off thaim all soverane leidar,
530	Aucht hunder armyt I trow thai war.	523
	Thai war all young men and joly
	Yarnand to do chevalry,
	Off best of all the ost war thai
	Off contenance and off aray.
535	Thai war the fayrest cumpany	528
	That men mycht find of sa mony,
	To the castell thai thocht to far
	For giff that thai weill mycht cum thar
	Thai thocht it suld reskewit be.
540	Forth on thar way held this menye	533
	And towart Strevilline held thar way,
	The New Park all eschewit thai
	For thai wist weill the king wes thar
	And newth the New Park gan thai far
545	Weill newth the kyrk intill a rout.	538
[The advance party is challenged by Moray; his force is surrounded]

	The Erle Thomas that wes sa stout
	Quhen he saw thaim sa ta the plane
	In gret hy went he thaim agane
	With fyve hunder foroutyn ma
550	Anoyit in his hart and wa	543
	That thai sa fer wer passit by,
	For the king haid said him rudly
	That a rose of his chaplete
	Was fallyn, for quhar he wes set
555	To kep the way thai men war passit	548
	And tharfor he hastyt him sa fast
	That cummyn in schort tyme wes he
	To the plane feld with his menye,
	For he thocht that he suld amend
560	That he trespassit had or than end.	553
	And quhen the Inglismen him saw
	Cum on foroutyn dyn or aw
	And tak sa hardely the plane
	In hy thai sped thaim him agane
565	And strak with spuris the stedis stith	558
	That bar thaim evyn hard and swith.
	And quhen the erle saw that menye
	Cum sa stoutly, till his said he
	'Be nocht abaysit for thar schor,
570	Bot settis speris you befor	563
	And bak to bak set all your rout  
	And all the speris poyntis out,
	Suagate us best defend may we
	Enveronyt with thaim gif we be.'
575	And as he bad thaim thai haif done,	568
	And the tother come on alsone.
	Befor thaim all come prikand
	A knycht hardy off hart and hand
	And a wele gret lord at hame
580	Schyr Gilyame Danecourt wes his nam	573
	And prikyt on thaim hardely
	And thai met him sturdely
	That he and hors wes borne doune
	And slayne rycht thar forout ransoun,
585	With Inglismen gretly wes he	578
	Menyt that day and his bounte.
	The lave come on rycht sturdely
	Bot nane off thaim sa hardely
	Ruschyt amang thaim as did he,
590	Bot with fer mar maturyte	583
	Thai assemblyt all in a rout
	And enveround thaim all about
	Assailyeand thaim on ilka sid.
[The fight between Moray's force and the English]

	And thai with speris woundis wyd
595	Gaff till the hors that come thaim ner,	588
	And thai that ridand on thaim wer
	That doune war borne losyt the lyvis,
	And other speris dartis and knyffis
	And wapynnys on ser maner
600	Kast amang thaim that fechtand wer	593
	That thaim defendyt sa wittily
	That thar fayis had gret ferly,
	For sum wald schout out of thar rout
	And off thaim that assaylyt about
605	Stekyt stedis and bar doun men.	598
	The Inglismen sa rudly then
	Kest amang thaim swerdis and mas
	That ymyd thaim a monteyle was
	Off wapynnys that war warpyt thar.
610	The erle and his thus fechtand war	603
	At gret myscheiff as I you say,
	For quhonnar be full far war thai
	Than thar fayis and all about
	War inveround, quhar mony rout
615	War roucht full dispitously.	608
	Thar fayis demenyt thaim full starkly,
	On ather half thai war sa stad
	For the rycht gret heyt that thai had
	For fechtyn and for sonnys het
620	That all thar flesche of swate wes wete,	613
	And sic a stew rais out off thaim then
	Off aneding bath of hors and men
	And off powdyr that sic myrknes
	Intill the ayr abovyne thaim wes
625	That it wes wondre for to se.	618
	Thai war in gret perplexite
	Bot with gret travaill nocht-forthi
	Thai thaim defendyt manlily
	And set bath will and strenth and mycht
630	To rusch thar fayis in that fycht	623
	That thaim demanyt than angyrly.
	Bot gyff God help thaim hastily
	Thai sall thar fill have of fechting.
[Douglas proposes to help Moray]

	Bot quhen the noble renownyt king
635	With other lordis that war him by	628
	Saw how the erle abandounly
	Tuk the plane feld, James of Douglas
	Come to the king rycht quhar he was
	And said, 'A! Schyr, Sanct Mary!
640	The erle off Murref opynly	633
	Tays the plane feld with his mengne,
	He is in perell bot he be
	Sone helpyt for his fayis ar ma
	Than he and horsyt weill alsua,
645	And with your leve I will me speid	638
	To help him for he has ned,
	All umbeveround with his fayis is he.'
	The king said, 'Sa our Lord me se,
	A fute till him thou sall nocht ga,
650	Giff he weile dois lat him weile ta.	643
	Quhatever him happyn, to wyn or los,
	I will nocht for him brek purpos.'
	'Certis,' said James, 'I may na wis
	Se that his fayis him suppris
655	Quhen that I may set help thartill,	648
	With your leve sekyrly I will
	Help him or dey into the payn.'
	'Do than and speid the sone agayn,'
	The king said, and he held his way.
660	Gyff he may cum in tyme perfay	653
	I trow he sall him help sa weill
	That off his fayis sall it feill.

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