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That samin tyme I hard my author sa, 45,900
Ane Hieland clerk, cled in ane rob of gra,
Befoir the king with mony benge and bek,
He salust him on to that samin effecc,
Fra Gathelus all his genelogie
Onto him self he countit gre be gre. «,905
Thair names now I like nocht to rehers,
So cummersum tha ar to put in versa.
Into that tyme, becaus he wes so ^ing
To gyde and governe sick ane famous ring,
Or dreid his ^outhheid suld occasioun be 45,910
Till mony one fra justice for to fle,
For that same caus tha chesit in that tyde,
That wysast war to governe and to gyde,
Four agit lordis baith sicker and suir,
Syne gaif to thame the haill gyding and cuir, 45,915
With haill consent thair of thame all ilkone.
The quhilk till do thir four in hand hes tone;
And for to be moir suir into that thing,
Onto Henrie of Ingland that wes king
Ane herald send, withoutin ony moir, 45,920
For to conferme the band maid of befoir;
His dochter alss to haif in mariage
To Alexander quhen he come till age.
The quhilk Henrie, hartlie with gude will,
All thair desyr richt glaidlie grantit till. 45,925
The secund teir syne efter of his ring,
Alexander of Scotland that wes king,
In Drumfermling with greit triumph and gloir,
Quhair present war that tyme, bayth les and moir,
The bischoppis all and mony abbot also, 45,930
Into the tyme with vther lordis mo,
Convenit all togidder for the nanis,
Of Sanct Margaret for to translait the ban is,
And as it hapnit efter ^e sall heir.
Aa tha war brocht ben richt into the queir, 45,935
Fornent the toume qubalr that king Malcolme la,
Hir husband wes, as ^e haif hard me sa,
So suddaue havie in the tyme tha grew,
Of waill wicht men quhair that thair wes anew,
The starkast man that wes amang thame thair 45,940
Doucht nocht ane fit thame fordward for to bair.
In magir thame ilkone wes thair that tyde,
The banis still into that place did byde.
As tha stude all to wonder of that thing,
Ane agit monk that tyme said to the king, 45,945
"Schir, I beleif this is the caus and quhy,
"Hir husbandis graue that scho will nocht go by,
"Quhill his banis be borne ben befoir;
"Into his lyfe scho did him sic honoir,
"Siclike in hevin thairof haif te no weir, 45,950
"With sic honour as scho wes wont do heir.
"My counsall is," thus said he, "for the nanis,
"Now and ^e pleis for to tak vp lus banis,
"And in the queir befoir hiris beir thame ben,
"Gif this be trew or nocht than ^e ma ken." 45,955
And so tha did richt suddantlie and sone;
Sanct Margaretis banis syne quhen that wes done,
The leist ane cheild wes scantlie ten ^eir ald,
Mycht haif borne thame to qulmt place that he wald.
Ben in the queir his banis than tha brocht, 45,950
In ane ferter of fyne siluer weill wrocht
Inclosit thame, as my author did sa,
Quhair tha remane thair still onto this da.
Sone efter syne throw wisdome and curage,
Quhen that the king come to perfytar age, 45,955
He tuke greit curage justice to exerce;
So wes thair than my author did rehers,
Into the Month ane eiie of richt ill fame,
That Walter Cuming callit wes to name,
The erle of Buchane and mony vther mo, 45,970
As of Athoill and Strabogie also;
Thir four lordis hecht Cuming to surname,
Quhilk of befoir thocht nother syn nor schame
To mak oppresaioun dalie of the puir,
The king being in ^outhheid wnder cuir, 45,975
The samin tyme that I haif said yow heir,
Befoir the king for tha wald nocht compeir,
Quhen tha war callit ansuer for to mak
For thair faltis of quhome befoir I spak,
Becaus tha schew thame self giltie in sic thing, 45,8S0
Declarit war than rebellis to the king.
Thir foure lordis syne efter on ane nycht, Col.2.
Richt quietlie with greit power and mycht,
Out of Kynros that tyme tha tuke the king,
At thair plesour syne hed him to Striuiling. 45,9S5
Syne euirilk da be thair auctoritie,
Haiffand the king in thair captiuitie,
Richt greit injure, the langar ay the moir,
Tha wrocht siclike as tha war wont befoir.
Of that surname, as my author recordis, 45,990
Into Scotland thair wes rycht mony lordis
Into that tyme, of greit power and michtis,
Forouttin thame als tua and threttie knychtis.
Of thair attyre I list no langar tell;
Tak tent and heir quhat efterwart befell. 45,995
This Walter Cuming, of quhome befoir I schew,
Ane wyfe he had wes nother traist no trew,
That louit better nor hir awin lord
Ane Inglisman, my author dois record;
For that same caus, gif I suld schaw the richt, 45,ooo
Hir awin lord seho poysonit on ane nicht.
Quien that wes done in Ingland syne scho fled,
And all the gold and trasour that scho hed,
And fowellis als, withoutin ony demand,
That tynie with hir scho tuke into Ingland. 45,005
To all the laif quhen that this thing wes kend,
Tt £hat this lord maid sic vnhappie end,
That principall wes of thame all that tyme,
And caus also of thair vnhap and cryme,
Tha come and pat thame in the kingis will, 45,oio
To quhat punitioun he wald put thame till.
Throw intercessioun than of vther lordis,
This humbill king, as my authour recordis,
Thir thre lordis and all the laif that tyme
Remittit hes of thair offence and cryme. 45,015
This samin tyme that ^e heir me resume,
Completit wes and ordanit into Rome
Of Corpuscristie the solempnitie,
Nixt hand the feist1 than of the Trinitie,
Quhilk to be said vpoun the Thurisday; 45,020
Sic seruice ilk ^eir siclike [^it] .we say.
That samin tyme, as my author did wret,
The quhit habite of freiris Carmelet
Come first in Scotland, syne efter on cace
In Tulelum wes biggit thair first place 45,025
Be ane that tyme wes bischop of Dunkell.
Also that tyme, I hard my author tell,
The cors of Peblis funde wes in tha dais
Be ane quhit monk, as that my author sais,
Duelt in Melross neirhand that samin place. 45,030
Quhair it wes fund tha fand that tyme of cace
Of alabast ane prettie pig of stone,
And in that pig war banis mony one
Weill wynd in silk richt courtlie for the nanis;
Can no man tell tit weill quha aucht tha banis. 45,035
In that same place quhair that the cors wes fund,
King Alexander biggit on that grund
Ane fair tempill of poleist stone and lyme;
Syne foundit it into the samin tyme
Of quhit2 freiris of the Trinitie, 45,040
Quhilk habite tit remanis thair to se.
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Efter all this than, schortlie to conclude,
This nobill king with mony men of gude,
Passit to iork than for the samin quhy,
Quhair that he met that tyme with king 45,045
With all his lordis that tyme les and moir,
Margaret his dochter plesand and amene.
The sumptuous cheir and cost of euerie thing,
Hame with his quene, with mony lordis mo;
Thir tua kingis with mekle pomp and pryde
Quhilk had of him the gouernance and cuir, 45,075