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In hir ^outhheid quhen scho wes of most vaill,
Withoutin cheild other famell or maill.
King Alexander efter this wes done,
Agane in Scotland syne come hame rycht sone. 45,755
The nixt ^eir syne efter he come hame,
Ane ^oung virgin, callit Marie to name,
The dochter wes to the erle of Gower than,
Callit Ingell, quhilk wes ane nobill man,
Than Alexander weddit to his wyfe, 45,760
In joy and blis with quhome he led his lyfe.
To him efter ane ^oung sone syne scho buir,
Hecht Alexander, quhilk dalie with greit cuir
Scho nureist hes in ^outhheid of ane cheild,
Quhill that he come onto perfytar eild. 45,755
Sone efter syne, as ^e sall wnderstand,
This nobill king perlustrit all his land,
Justice and law amang thame till exers.
That samin tyme, my author dois rehers,
Patrik the erle of Athoill that wes than, 45,770
In Haddingtone, wnwist of ony man,
Or ^it knawledge of ony erthlie wycht,
In his bed wes murdreist on the nycht;
Syne he and bed and all wes brint in ass,
And all the houss that nycht that he in was. 45,775
Thocht no man wist perfitlie in effect
Quha did the1 deid, tit tua tha held suspect;
The tane of thame hecht Jon Bissart to name,
Quhilk of the deid buir all the wyte and blame,
And on his eme that tyme and on no mo, 45,7S0
The blame of all wes laid vpone tha tuo.
Quhairof tha come into the kingis will,
Becaus he hed no sicker preif thairtill,
Forfaltit thame than bayth of land and gude,
Syne baneist thame rycht far attouir the flude. 45,7S5 How The Prelattis Of Scotland Convenit And
1Tn VS. tha.
MAID ANE COUNSALL IN SANCT JOHWESTOUN.
This sarnin teir as so hapnit befall
In Sanct Johnnestoun ane counsall generall;
Qohair all the prelattis of Scotland ilkone
Wes present thair; that da absent wes none.
That callit wes the counsall of clergie, 45,790
For to reforme all faltis war gone by;
All thing to cum with prudens to prouyde,
With gude ordour the kirk of Christ to gyde.
In that counsall richt mony gude statute Lib. 13, £.211.
Wes maid that tyme, quhilk ^it ar execute 45,795 ^ *•
Wnabrogat, as that my author sais,
Quhilk in the kirk ar keipit ^it thir dais.
Bayth with the king and the lordis consent
This thing wes done, quhair tha war all present.
Sone efter this now that ^e heir me reid, 45,soo
Lord of Argyle wes callit Somerleid,
The sone he wes of Somerleid that schrew
Quhome of befoir schort quhile I [to] ^ow schew,
Into his tyme quhilk wes ane wickit man;
Quhair that he left this Somerleid began, 45,S05
With reif and stouth, spul^e and oppressioun,
Ane lang quhile so with greit transgressioun,
Ilk da be da the langar ay the war.
The erle of Merche syne, Patrik of Dumbar,
Send fra the king aganis him we reid, 45,S10
In plane battell vincust this Somerleid;
Syne chaissit him ouir mony mont and plane,
Quhill that he wes richt joyfull syne and fane
To grant him grace; than, for the moir effecc,
Come with ane widey knyt about his neck, 45,S15
Befoir the king quhair he had set the place,
On his kneia beseikand him of grace;
Quhill grantit wes for plesure of this lord
Erle of Dumbar, of quhome I did record.
Quhen this wes done and brocht to sic ane 45,S20
Quhilk in the tyme wes greitlie to commend,
Throw ill counsall that mony gaif him to,
All this wes done onto the same effecc,
Into that cace, wald nocht consent thairtill;
How Lues, King Of France, Send In Scotland
In this same tyme the nobill king of France,
Callit Lues, richt gritlie till advance, 45,S15
Into Scotland that samin tyme send he
To Alexander for his help and supple;
Schawand to him his purpois wes till go,
That tyme to fecht aganes Christis fo,
Into Judea into the Halie Land. 45,S50
Than Alexander withoutin ony demand,
The erle of Merche, bayth bellicois and bald, Co). a.
And Walter Stewart lord of Dundonald,
With mony wy that worthie war and wicht,
Baith big and bald, all cled in armour brycht, 45,S55
Wnder the gyding of thir lordis tuo,
To king Lues he maid that tyme till go.
In Egipt efter syne at thair defenss,
Part in battell and part in pestilens,
Departit all into that samin place. 45,S50
Sone efter syne it hapnit vpone cace,
This king Lues with vtheris mony one,
Fechtand in feild with the Soldane wes tone.
Neirby this tyme that I haif schawin heir,
Quhen Alexander ane and fiftie ^eir 45,S55
Completit hes, and gane wes all his dais,
Than of his ring, as that my author sais,
Completit wes als threttie ^eir and fyve,
He tuke bis leif out of this present lyfe,
And of our Lord ane thousand and tua hunder, 45,S70
Fourtie &nd nyn« also for to eik wnder.
Within the se that tyme into ane yle
Fornent the cost, rycht straucht furth fra Argyle,
This Alexander, as that my author sais,
In that same place cloissit his latter dais. 45,S75
With seruice sung and sacrifice of sence,
And all honour pertening to ane prence,
[Into Melross syne efter that wes he
Intumulat with greit solempnitie.]
How Alexander Was Crovnit King, And How
THE LORDIS AMANG THAME SELFFIS THAIR-
Quhen so deceissit wes this nobill king,
That all his tyme so meik wes and bening,
Ane sone he had quhilk wes ane plesand cheild, 45,SS0
The quhilk that tyme wes nyne ^eiris of eild.
Ane farar cheild doucht na man for to se,
Als Alexander to name callit wes he.
That samin tyme, as my author recordis,
Ane greit diuisioun raiss amang the lordis, 45,SS5
And speoiallie for crowning of thair king.
Sum said that tyme that he wes all to
To crownit be, and also greit wnrycht,
Becaus he that tyme wes nocht maid [ane] knycht;
And vther sum the contrarie that thocht, 45,S90
For sic ane caus that tyme stop wald tha nocht.
And had nocht bene Makduffe the erle of Fyfie,
With his wisdome that stoppit all that stryfe,
In that mater tha had (ittit so far,
Sone efterwart I trow it had bene war. 45,S95
Or ony thing in that mater wes done,
He hed the prince with greit triumph to Scone,
Quhair present wes thair lordis mony one,
And crownit him thair on the marbell stone.