The Brus by John Barbour


[King Robert goes to Ireland]

	Quhen Schyr Edward, as Ik said ar,
	Had discomfyt Richard of Clar
	And of Irland all the barnage
	Thris throu his worthi vasselag
5	And syne with all his men of mayn
	Till Cragfergus wes cummyn agayn,
	The gud erle of Murreff Thomas
	Tuk leyff in Scotland for to pas,
	And he him levyt with a gruching,
10	And syne him chargyt to the king
	To pray him specialli that he
	Cum intill Irland him to se,
	For war thai bath into that land
	Thai suld fynd nane suld thaim withstand.
15	The erle furth thane his way has tane
	And till his schipping is he gayn
	And sayllyt weill out-our the se.
	Intill Scotland sone aryvit he,
	Syne till the king he went in hy,
20	And he resavyt him glaidsumly
	And speryt of his brodyr fayr
	And of journayis that thai had thar,
	And he him tauld all but lesing.
	Quhen the king left had the spering
25	His charge to the gud king tauld he,
	And he said he wald blythly se
	Hys brother and se the affer
	Off that cuntre and off thar wer.
	A gret mengye then gaderyt he,
30	And twa lordys of gret bounte
	The tane the Stewart Walter was
	The tother James of Douglas
	Wardanys in his absence maid he
	For to maynteyme wele the countre,
35 	Syne to the se he tuk the way
	And at Lochriane in Galloway
	He schippyt with all his menye,
	To Cragfergus sone cummyn is he.
	Schyr Edward of his come wes blyth
40	And went doun to mete him swyth
	And welcummyt him with glaidsome cher,
	Sa did he all that with him wer
	And specially the erle Thomas
	Off Murreff that his nevo was,
45	Syne till the castell went thai yar
	And maid thaim mekill fest and far.
	Thai sojournyt that dayis thre
	And that in myrth and jolyte.
[The Scots march south and an ambush is prepared for them]

	King Robert apon this kyn wis
50	Intill Irland aryvit is,
	And quhen in Cragfergus had he
	With his men sojournyt dayis thre
	Thai tuk to consaill that thai wald
	With thar folk thar wayis hald
55	Throu all Irland fra end till other.
	Schyr Edward than the kingis brother
	Befor in the avaward raid,
	The king himselff the rerward maid
	That had intill his cumpany
60	The erle Thomas that wes worthi.
	Thar wayis southwart haff thai tane
	And sone ar passyt Inderwillane.
	This wes in the moneth of May
	Quhen byrdis syngis in ilk spray
65	Melland thar notis with seymly soune
	For softnes of the swet sesoun,
	And levys off the branchys spredis
	And blomys brycht besid tham bredis
	And feldis ar strowyt with flouris
70	Well saverand of ser colouris
	And all thing worthis blyth and gay,
	Quhen that this gud king tuk his way
	To rid southwart as I said ar.
	The wardane than Richard of Clar
75	Wyst the king wes aryvyt sua
	And wyst that he schup him to ta
	His way towart the south contre,
	And of all Irland assemblit he
	Bath burges and chevalry
80	And hobilleris and yhumanry
	Quhill he had ner fourty thousand.
	Bot he wald nocht yet tak on hand
	With all his fayis in feld to fycht
	Bot he umbethocht him of ane slycht,
85	That he with all his gret menye
	Wald in a wod enbuschit be
	All prively besid the way
	Quhar that thar fayis suld away,
	And lat the avaward pas fer by
90	And syne assembill hardely
	On the rerward with all thar men.
	Thai did as thai divisyt then,
	In ane wod thai enbuschit wer,
	The Scottis ost raid by thaim ner
95	Bot thai na schawing of thaim maid.
[The ambush of King Robert's men; the folly of Colin Campbell]

	Schyr Edward weill fer forouth rad
	With thaim that war of his menye,
	To the rerward na tent tuk he,
	And Schyr Richard of Clar in hy
100	Quhen Schyr Edward wes passyt by
	Send lycht yomen that weill couth schout
	To bykkyr the rerward apon fute.
	Then twa of thaim that send furth war
	At the wod sid thaim bykkerit thar
105	And schot amang the Scottismen.
	The king that had thar with him then
	Weill fyve thousand wicht and worthi
	Saw thai twa sa abandounly
	Schut amang thaim and cum sa ner.
110	He wist rycht weill withoutyn wer
	That thai rycht ner suppowall had,
	Tharfor a bidding has he mad
	That na man sall be sa hardy
	To prik at thaim, bot sarraly
115	Rid redy ay into bataill
	To defend gif men wald assail,
	'For we sall sone, Ik undreta,'
	He said, 'haf for to do with ma.'
	Bot Schyr Colyne Cambell, that ner
120	Was by quhar thai twa yhumen wer
	Schoutand amang thaim hardily,
	Prykyt on thaim in full gret hy
	And sone the tane has our-tane
	And with the sper him sone has slane,
125	The tother turnyt and schot agayne
	And at the schot his hors has slane.
	With that the king come hastily
	And intill his malancoly 
	With a trounsoun intill hys new
130	To Schyr Colyne sic dusche he geve
	That he dynnyt on his arsoun,
	Than bad he smertly tit him doun.
	Bot other lordis that war him by
	Ameyssyt the king into party,
135	And he said, 'Breking of bidding
	Mycht caus all our discumfiting.
	Weyne ye yone ribaldis durst assaill
	Us sa ner intill our bataill
	Bot giff thai had suppowaill ner.
140	I wate rycht weill withoutyn wer
	That we sall haf to do in hy,
	Tharfor luk ilk man be redy.'
	With that weill neir thretty or ma
	Off bowmen come and bykyrit sua
145	That thai hurt off the kingis men.
	The king has gert his archeris then
	Schoute for to put thai men agayn.
	With that thai entryt in a playn
	And saw arayit agayn thaim stand
150	In four bataillis fourty thousand.
	The king said, 'Now, lordingis, lat se
	Quha worthy in this fycht sall be,
	On thaim foroutyn mar abaid.'
[The fight and victory of King Robert]

	Sa stoutly than on thaim thai raid
155	And assemblyt sa hardely
	That off thar fayis a gret party
	War laid at erd at thar meting.
	Thar wes off speris sic bristing
	As ather apon other raid
160	That it a wele gret frusch has maid,
	Hors come thar fruschand heid for heid
	Sua that fele on the ground felle deid.
	Mony a wycht and worthi man
	As ather apon other ran
165	War duschyt dede doun to the ground,
	The red blud out off mony a wound
	Ruschyt in sa gret foysoun than
	That off the blud the stremys ran.
	And thai that wraith war and angry
170	Dang on other sa hardily
	With wapnys that war brycht and bar
	That mony a gud man deyit thar,
	For thai that hardy war and wycht
	And frontlynys with thar fayis gan fycht
175	Pressyt thaim formast for to be.
	Thar mycht men cruell bargane se
	And hard bataill. Ik tak on hand
	In all the wer off Irland
	Sa hard a fechting wes nocht sene,
180	The-quhether of gret victours nynteyne
	Schyr Edward has withoutyn wer,
	And into les than in thre yer,
	And in syndry bataillis of tha
	Vencussyt thretty thousand and ma
185	With trappyt hors rycht to the fete,
	Bot in all tymys he wes yete
	Ay ane for fyve quhen lest wes he.
	Bot the king into this melle
	Had alwayis aucht of his fa-men
190	For ane, bot he sua bar him then
	That his gud deid and his bounte
	Confortyt sua all his menye
	That the mast coward hardy wes,
	For quhar he saw the thikkest pres
195	Sa hardely on thaim he raid
	That thar about him roume he maid,
	And Erle Thomas the worthi
	Wes in all tyme ner him by
	And faucht as he war in a rage,
200	Sua that for thar gret vasselage
	Thar men sic gret hardyment gan tak 
	That thai na perell wald forsak
	Bot thaim abandound sa stoutly 
	And dang apon thaim sa hardely
205	That all thar fayis affrayit war.
	And thai that saw weill be thar far
	That thai eschewyt sumdele the fycht
	Than dang thai on with all thar mycht
	And pressit thame dyngand so fast	209*
210	That thai the bak gaf at the last,	210*
	And thai that saw thaim tak the flicht	211*
	Pressit thame than with all thare mycht	212*
	And in thar fleyng fele gan sla.	209
	The kingis men has chassyt sua
215	That thai war scalyt everilkane.	211
	Rychard off Clar the way has tane
	To Devillyne into full gret hy
	With other lordys that fled him by
	And warnysyt bath castellis and townys
220	That war in thar possessiounys.	216
	Thai war sa felly fleyit thar
	That I trow Schyr Richard off Clar
	Sall haiff na will to faynd his mycht
	In bataill na in fors to fycht
225	Quhill King Robert and his menye	221
	Is dwelland in that cuntre.
	Thai stuffyt strenthis on this wis,
	And the king that wes to pris
	Saw in the feld rycht mony slane,
230	And ane of thaim that thar wes tane	226
	That wes arayit jolyly
	He saw greyt wonder tenderly,
	And askyt him quhy he maid sic cher.
	He said him, 'Schyr, withoutyn wer
235	It is na wonder thocht I gret.	231
	I se fele her lossyt the suet,
	The flour of all north Irland
	That hardyast war of thar hand
	And mast doutyt in hard assay.'
240	The king said, 'Thou dois wrang perfay,	236
	Thou has mar caus myrthis to ma
	For thou the dede eschapyt sua.'
[Edward Bruce upbraided; the Scots' journey, and the wait for the laundress]

	Richard off Clar on this maner
	And all his folk discomfyt wer
245	With few folk, as I to you tauld,	241
	And quhen Edward the Bruys the bauld
	Wyst at the king had fochtyn sua
	With sa fele folk, and he tharfra,
	Mycht na man se a waer man.
250	Bot the gud king said till him than	246
	That it wes his awne foly
	For he raid sua unwittely
	Sa far befor, and na vaward
	Maid to thaim of the rerward,
255	For he said quha on wer wald rid	251
	In a vaward he suld na tid
	Pas fra his rerward fer of sycht
	For gret perell sua fall thar mycht.
	Off this fycht will we spek no mar,
260	Bot the king and all that thar war	256
	Raid furthwartis in bettyr aray
	And nerar togidder than er did thai.
	Throu all the land playnly thai raid,
	Thai fand nane that thaim obstakill maid.
265	Thai raid evyn forouth Drochindra	261
	And forouth Devillyne syne alsua
	And to giff battaill nane thai fand,
	Syne went thai southwart in the land
	And rycht till Lynrike held thar way
270	That is the southmaist toun perfay	266
	That in Irland may fundyn be.
	Thar lay thai dayis twa or thre
	And buskyt syne agayn to far,
	And quhen that thai all redy war
275	The king has hard a woman cry,	271
	He askyt quhat that wes in hy.
	'It is the laynder, schyr,' said ane,
	'That hyr child-ill rycht now has tane
	And mon leve now behind us her,
280	Tharfor scho makys yone ivill cher.' 	276
	The king said, 'Certis, it war pite
	That scho in that poynt left suld be,
	For certis I trow thar is no man
	That he ne will rew a woman than.'
285	His ost all thar arestyt he	281
	And gert a tent sone stentit be
	And gert hyr gang in hastily,
	And other wemen to be hyr by.
	Quhill scho wes deliver he bad
290	And syne furth on his wayis raid,	286
	And how scho furth suld caryit be
	Or ever he furth fur ordanyt he.
	This wes a full gret curtasy
	That swilk a king and sa mychty
295	Gert his men dwell on this maner	291
	Bot for a pouer lauender.
	Agayne northwart thai tuk thar way
	Throu all Irland than perfay,
	Throu all Connach rycht to Devillyne,
300	And throu all Myth and Irell syne	296
	And Monester and Lenester,
	And syne haly throu Ulsister,
	To Cragfergus foroutyn bataill,
	For thar wes nane durst thaim assaill.
[Edward Bruce and the Irish kings; his failings]

305	The kingis off Irchery	301
	Come to Schyr Edward halily
	And thar manredyn gan him ma
	Bot giff that it war ane or twa.
	Till Cragfergus thai come again,
310	In all that way wes nane bargain	306
	Bot giff that ony poynye wer
	That is nocht for to spek of her.
	The Irsche kingis than everilkane
	Hame till thar awne repayr ar gane,
315	And undretuk in allkyn thing	311
	For till obey to the bidding
	Off Schyr Edward that thar king callit thay.
	He wes now weill set in gud way
	To conquer the land halyly,
320	For he had apon his party	316
	The Irschery and Ulsyster,
	And he wes sa furth on his wer
	That he wes passyt throu Irland
	Fra end till uthyr throu strenth of hand.
325	Couth he haf governyt him throu skill	321
	And folowyt nocht to fast his will
	Bot with mesur haf led his dede
	It wes weill lik withoutyn drede
	That he mycht haiff conqueryt weill
330	The land of Irland ilkadele,	326
	Bot his outrageous sucquedry
	And will that wes mar than hardy
	Off purpose lettyt him perfay,
	As Ik herefter sall you say,
[Douglas at Lintalee; Sir Thomas Richmond proposes
to cut down Jedworth Forest]

335	Now leve we her the noble king	331
	All at his ese and his liking,
	And spek we of the lord of Douglas
	That left to kep the marches was.
	He gert set wrychtis that war sleye
340	And in the halche of Lintaile	336
	He gert thaim mak a fayr maner,
	And quhen the housis biggit wer
	He gert purvay him rycht weill thar
	For he thoucht to mak ane infar
345	And to mak gud cher till his men.	341
	In Rychmound wes wonnand then
	Ane erle that men callit Schyr Thomas,
	He had invy at the Douglas
	And said gif that he his baner
350	Mycht se displayit apon wer	346
	That sone assemble on it suld he.
	He hard how the Douglas thocht to be
	At Lyntailey and fest to ma,
	And he had wittering weill alsua
355	That the king and a gret menye	351
	War passyt than of the countre
	And the erle of Murref Thomas,
	Tharfor he thocht the countre was
	Febill of men for to withstand
360	Men that thame soucht with stalwart hand,	356
	And of the marchis than had he
	The governaile and the pouste.
	He gaderyt folk about him then
	Quhill he wes ner ten thousand men,
365	And wod-axys gert with him tak	361
	For he thocht he his men wald mak
	To hew Jedwort Forrest sa clene
	That na tre suld tharin be sene.
	Thai held thaim forthwart on thar way,
370	Bot the gud lord Douglas that ay	366
	Had spyis out on ilka sid
	Had gud wittering that thai wald rid
	And cum apon him suddanly.
	Than gaderyt he rycht hastily
375	Thaim that he moucht of his menye,	371
	I trow that than with him had he
	Fyfty that worthy war and wicht
	At all poynt armyt weill and dycht,
	And off archeris a gret menye
380	Assemblyt als with him had he.	376
	A place thar was thar in the way
	Quhar he thocht weill thai suld away
	That had wod apon athyr sid,
	The entre wes weill large and wid 
385	And as a scheild it narowit ay	381
	Quhill at intill a place the way
	Wes nocht a pennystane cast of breid.
	The lord of Douglas thidder yeid
	Quhen he wyst thai war ner cummand,
390	And a-lauch on the ta hand	386
	All his archeris enbuschit he
	And bad thaim hald thaim all preve
	Quhill that thai hard him rays the cry,
	And than suld schut hardely
395	Amang thar fayis and sow thaim sar	391
	Quhill that he throu thaim passyt war,
	And syne with him furth hald suld thai.
	Than byrkis on athyr sid the way
	That young and thik war growand ner
400	He knyt togidder on sic maner	396
	That men moucht nocht weill throu thaim rid.
[Douglas defeats and kills Richmond, then drives off his clerk from Lintalee]

	Quhen this wes done he gan abid
	Apon the tother half the way,
	And Richmound in gud aray
405	Come ridand in the fyrst escheill.	401
	The lord Douglas has sene him weill
	And gert his men all hald thaim still
	Quhill at thar hand thai come thaim till
	And entryt in the narow way,
410	Than with a schout on thaim schot thai	406
	And criyt on hycht, 'Douglas! Douglas!'
	The Richmound than that worthi was
	Quhen he has hard sua rais the cry
	And Douglas baner saw planly
415	He dressyt thidderwart in hy	411
	And thai come on sa hardily
	That thai throu thaim maid thaim the way,
	All that thai met till erd bar thai.
	The Richmound borne doun thar was,
420	On him arestyt the Douglas	416
	And him reversyt and with a knyff
	Rycht in that place reft him the lyff.
	Ane hat apon his helm he bar
	And that tuk with him Douglas thar
425	In taknyng, for it furryt was,	421
	And syne in hy thar wayis tays
	Quhill in the wod thai entryt war.
	The archeris weill has borne thaim thar
	For weill and hardily schot thai.
430	The Inglis rout in gret affray	426
	War set, for Douglas suddanly
	With all thaim of his cumpany
	Or ever thai wyst wes in thar rout
	And thyrlyt thaim weill ner throchout,
435	And had almast all doyn his deid	431
	Or thai to help thaim couth tak heid.
	And quhen thai saw thar lord slayn
	Thai tuk him up and turnyt agayn
	To draw thaim fra the schot away,
440	Than in a plane assemblit thai	436
	And for thar lord that thar wes dede
	Thai schup thaim in that ilk sted
	For to tak herbery all that nycht.
	And than the Douglas that wes wicht
445	Gat wytteryng ane clerk Elys	441
	With weill thre hunder ennymys
	All straucht to Lintaile war gayn
	And herbery for thar ost had tane.
	Than thidder is he went in hy
450	With all thaim of his cumpany	446
	And fand clerk Elys at the mete
	And his round about him set,
	And thai come on thaim stoutly thar
	And with swerdis that scharply schar
455	Thai servyt thaim full egrely.	451
	Slayn war thai full grevously
	That wele ner eschapyt nane,
	Thai servyt thaim on sa gret wane
	With scherand swerdis and with knyffis
460	That weile ner all left the lyvys.	456
	Thai had a felloun efter mes,
	That sourchargis to chargand wes.
	Thai that eschapyt thar throu cas
	Rycht till the ost the wayis tais
465	And tauld how that thar men war slayn	461
	Sa clene that ner eschapyt nane.
	And quhen thai of thar ost had herd
	How that the Douglas with thaim ferd
	That had thar herbryouris slane
470	And ruschyt all thaim self agayn	466
	And slew thar lord in-myd thar rout,
	Thar wes nane of thaim all sa stout
	That mar will than had till assaile
	The Douglas, tharfor to consaill 
475	Thai yeid and to purpose has tane	471
	To wend hamwart, and hamwart ar gan
	And sped thaim sua apon thar way
	That in Ingland sone cummyn ar thai.
	The forest left thai standand still,
480	To hew it than thai had na will	476
	Specially quhill the Douglas
	Sua ner-hand by thar nychtbur was.
	And he that saw thaim torne agayn
	Persavyt weill thar lord wes slayn
485	And be the hat that he had tane	481
	He wist alsua weill, for ane
	That takyn wes said him suthly
	That Rychmound commounly
	Wes wount that furryt hat to wer.
490	Than Douglas blythar wes than er	486
	For he wist weill that Rychmound
	His felloun fa wes brocht to the ground.
[A comparison of Douglas's exploits]

	Schyr James of Douglas on this wis
	Throu his worschip and his empris
495	Defendyt worthely the land.	491
	This poynt of wer, I tak on hand,
	Wes undretane full apertly
	And eschevyt rycht hardely,
	For he stonayit foroutyn wer
500	That folk that well ten thousand wer	496
	With fyfty armyt men but ma.
	I can als tell you other twa
	Poyntis that wele eschevit wer
	With fyfty men, and but wer
505	Thai war done sua rycht hardely	501*
	That thai war prisit soveranly	502*
	Atour all othir poyntis of wer	503*
	That in that tym eschevit wer	504*
	This wes the fyrst that sua stoutly	501
510	Wes brocht till end wele with fifty	502
	Into Galloway the tother fell
	Quhen as ye forouth herd me tell
	Schyr Edward the Bruys with fifty
	Vencussyt of Sanct Jhon Schyr Amery
515	And fyften hunder men be tale.	507
	The thrid fell intill Esdaill
	Quhen that Schyr Jhone the Soullis was
	The governour of all that place,
	That to Schyr Androw Hardclay
520	With fifty men withset the way	512
	That had thar in his cumpany
	Thre hunder horsyt jolyly.
	This Schyr Jhone intill playn melle
	Throu soverane hardiment and bounte
525	Vencussyt thaim sturdely ilkan	517
	And Schyr Andrew in hand has tane,
	I will nocht rehers the maner
	For quha-sa likis thai may her
	Young wemen quhen thai will play
530	Syng it amang thaim ilk day.	522
	Thir war the worthi poyntis thre
	That I trow evermar sall be
	Prissyt quhile men may on thaim mene.
	It is well worth foroutyn wene
535	That thar namys for evermar,	527
	That in thar tym sua worthi war
	That men till her yeit has daynte,
	For thar worschip and thar bounte
	Be lestand ay furth in loving,
540	Quhar He that is of hevynnys king	532
	Bring thaim he up till hevynnys blis  
	Quhar allwayis lestand loving is.
[English ships come to Fife; the Scots let them land]

	In this tym that the Richmound
	Was on this maner brocht to ground
545	Men off the cost off Ingland	537
	That dwelt on Humbre or nerhand
	Gaderyt thaim a gret mengne
	And went in schippes to the se,
	And towart Scotland went in hy
550	And in the Fyrth come hastely.	542
	Thai wend till haiff all thar liking
	For thai wist weile that the king
	Wes then fer out of the countre,
	With him mony of gret bounte,
555	Tharfor into the Fyrth come thai	547
	And endlang it up held thai
	Quhill thai besid Ennerkething
	On west half towart Dunferlyng
	Tuk land and fast begouth to ryve.
560	The erle of Fyff and the schyrreff	552
	Saw to thar cost schippis approchand
	Thai gaderyt to defend thar land
	And a-forgayn the schippis ay
	As thai saillyt thai held thar way 
565	And thocht to let thaim land to tak.	557
	And quhen the schipmen saw thaim mak
	Swilk contenance in sic aray
	Thai said amang thaim all that thai
	Wald nocht let for thaim land to ta,
570	Than to the land thai sped thaim sua	562
	That thai come thar in full gret hy
	And aryvyt full hardely.
	The Scottismen saw thar cummyng
	And had of thaim sic abasing
575	That thai all samyn raid thaim fra	567
	And the land letles lete thaim ta.
	Thai durst nocht fecht with thaim, forthi
	Thai withdrew thaim all halily
	The-quhethyr thai war fyve hunder ner.
[The bishop of Dunkeld drives the English to their ships]

580	Quhen thai away thus ridand wer	572
	And na defens begouth to schape,
	Off Dunkeldyn the gud byschap
	That men callyt Wilyam the Sanctecler
	Come with a rout in gud maner.
585	I trow on hors thai war sexty,	577
	Himselff was armyt jolyly
	And raid apon a stalwart sted,
	A chemer for till hele his wed
	Apon his armour had he then
590	And armyt weill als war his men.	582
	The erle and the schyrreff met he
	Awaywart with thar gret menye,
	And askyt thaim weill sone quhat hy
	Maid thaim to turne sa hastily.
595	Thai said thar fayis with stalwart hand	587
	Had in sic foysoun takyn the land
	That thai thocht thaim all out to fele
	And thaim to few with thaim to dele.
	Quhen the bischap hard it wes sua
600	He said, 'The king aucht weill to ma	592
	Off you, that takys sa wele on hand
	In his absence to wer his land.
	Certis giff he gert serff you weill
	The gilt spuris rycht be the hele
605	He suld in hy ger hew you fra,	597
	Rycht wald with cowartis men did sua.
	Quha luffis his lord or his cuntre
	Turne smertly now agayne with me.'
	With that he kest of his chemer
610	And hynt in hand a stalwart sper	602
	And raid towart his fayis in hy,
	All turnyt with him halyly
	For he had thaim reprovyt sua
	That off thaim all nane fled him fra.
615	He raid befor thaim sturdely	607
	And thai him folowyt sarraly
	Quhill that thai come ner approchand
	To thar fayis that had tane land,
	And sum war knyt in gud aray
620	And sum war went to the foray.	612
	The gud bischap quhen he thaim saw
	He said, 'Lordingis, but drede or aw
	Pryk we apon thaim hardely
	And we sall haf thaim wele lychtly.
625	Se thai us cum but abaysing	617
	Sua that we mak her na stinting
	Thai sall weill sone discumfyt be.
	Now dois weill, for men sall se
	Quha luffis the kingis mensk today.'
630	Than all togidder in gud aray	622
	Thai prekyt apon thaim sturdely,
	The byschap that wes rycht hardy
	And mekill and stark raid forouth ay.
	Than in a frusche assemblit thai,
635	And thai that at the fryst meting	627
	Feld off the speris sa sar sowing
	Wandyst and wald haiff bene away,
	Towart thar schippis in hy held thai,
	And thai thaim chassyt fellounly
640	And slew thaim sua dispitously	632
	That all the feldis strowyt war
	Off Inglismen that slane war thar,
	And thai yeyt that held unslayne 
	Pressyt to the se agayne,
645	And Scottismen that chassyt sua	637
	Slew all that ever thai mycht ourta.
	Bot thai that fled yeit nocht-forthi
	Sua to thar schippis gan thaim hy,
	And in sum barge sua fele gan ga
650	And thar fayis hastyt thaim sua	642
	That thai our-tumblyt and the men
	That war tharin war drownyt then.
	Thar did ane Inglisman perfay
	A weill gret strenth as Ik hard say,
655	For quhen he chassyt wes till his bat	647
	A Scottisman that him handlyt hat
	He hynt than be the armys twa,
	And, war him wele or war him wa,
	He evyn apon his bak him slang
660	And with him to the bat gan gang	652
	And kest him in all mawgre his,
	This wes a wele gret strenth i-wis.
	The Inglismen that wan away
	To thar schippis in hy went thai
665	And saylyt hame angry and wa	657
	That thai had bene rebutyt sua.
[The bishop is praised; the king returns from Ireland]

	Quhen that the schipmen on this wis
	War discumfyt as I devys
	The byschap that sa weill him bar
670	That he all hartyt that thar war	662
	Was yeyt into the fechtyn-sted
	Quhar that fyve hunder ner war ded
	Foroutyn thaim that drownyt war,
	And quhen the feld was spulyeit bar
675	Thai went all hame to thar repar.	667
	To the byschap is fallyn fayr
	That throu his price and his bounte
	Wes eschevyt swilk a journé.
	The king tharfor ay fra that day
680	Him luffyt and prisyt and honoryt ay	672
	And held him in suylk daynte
	That his awne bischop him callit he.
	Thus thai defendyt the countre
	Apon bath halffis the Scottis se
685	Quhill that the king wes out off land	677
	That than as Ik haf borne on hand
	Throu all Irland his cours had maid
	And agane to Cragfergus raid.
	And quhen his broder as he war king
690	Had all the Irschery at bidding	682
	And haly Ulsistre alsua
	He buskyt hame his way to ta.
	Off his men that war mast hardy
	And prisyt mast of chevalry
695	With his broder gret part left he,	687
	And syne is went him to the se.
	Quhen thar levys on ather party
	Wes tane he went to schip him in hy,
	The Erle Thomas with him he had,
700	Thai raissyt sayllis but abaid	692
	And in land off Galloway
	Forout perell aryvyt thai.

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