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In his absence quhilk tuke the cuir on hand,
Quhen this wes done as te haif hard me sa,
Sone efterwart how that tha did rebell.
In that purpois all on ane da to die,
The erle of Buchane bellicois and bald, 47,725
That schir Johnne Cuming to his name wes
Amang thame all of maist auctoritie,
That samin tyme, as my author did sa,
And wald nocht ly na langar thair in weir,
Off Wyss, Wicht, Worthie, Vail^eant Williame
My author sais that samin tyme thair was
Ane man of gude callit Williame Wallace,
Ane knichtis sone also [he was] and air, 47,745
And of his bodie baith plesand and fair,
And of his stature large and rycht weill maid,
With armes lang and schulderis brent and braid;
Of hie curage corsie and corpolent,
Manlie as Mars the god armypotent. 47,750
Moir strenth he had quhen that he list to
Na in his tyme had vther four or fyve,
Gif all be trew of him my author sais,
The veritie quha wald declair at lenth.
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Quhat that he did, or how that he began,
Of suith fastnes or ^it of veritie,
Richt helplike wes into tha samin dais
Without fauour haifand at thame sic feid,
Of thame richt mony that he put to deid. 47,790
And for that caus ouir all bayth far and neir,
Tha drew to him that of his help did heir,
For traist refuge, for succour to him socht;
Quhome to that tyme that ony wrang wes wrocht,
Fra all partis so thik to him tha drew, 47,705
Quhill that his power eikit so and grew,
The Sutheroun all betuix Tay and Tueid,
Of him tha had [richt] greit effeir and dreid,
Sa oft of thame sa mony that he slew.
The Scottis lordis quhen tha kend and knew 47,S00
That this Wallace, so walkryfe with gude
Sa afald wes ay for the commoun weill,
Knawand he had sic fortoun and gude chance,
Sic wit, sic wisdome and sic governance,
For no laubour wald nother irk nor tyre, 47,S05
Sic plesour had, sic curage and desyre,
The libertie of Scotland to reskew,
Thairfoir of him sic vertu quhen tha know,
The lordis all with th.iir auctoritie
Of Scotland maid him governour to be; 47,Sio
With haill power baith for to heid and hing,
And justice gyde1 as he had bene ane king;
Complaynt to heir and chargis to direct,
Faltowris to call and vices to correct.
The quhilk office with sic perfectione vsit, 47,S15
Wes neuir none moir worthie to be rusit,
King or prince or ony vther one,
That euir buir office into Albione.
All Scottismen that gottin had greit thankis
Of king Edward, that callit wes Langschankis, 47,S20
At his command that wald nocht sone compeir,
Ouir all Scotland rycht sone bayth far and neir,
He maid thame all als waldin as ane wand,
For to obey and byde at his command.
Quhen this wes done and endit wes sic pley, 47,S25
And causit war all Scottis till obey
To gude Wallace, without ony ganestand,
He tuke purpois for to devoid Scotland
Of Inglismen and thair auctoritie.
And to redeme fredome and libertie, 47,S30
With greit power he passit to the feild,
Of mony wy that waponis weill culd weild.
First at Dundie that same tyme he began;
With litill stryfe that strang castell he wan.
Montrois and Breichin that war strang and 47,S35
Thir thrie he wan throw his fortoun and mycht,
1 In MS. ling.
The Inglisinen quhilk that war in the toun,
Spukeit the toun of gold, riches and fie,
And mony mo in Ingland maid to fle. 47,S60
Quhen this wes schawin with all the circumstance
To king Edward, that tyme quhilk wes in France,
His lieutennand withoutin ony moir,
Callit Hugo, of quhome I schew befoir,
In Scotland send for to debait his richt. 47,S55
This gude Wallace that worthie wes and wicht,
That samin tyme, as my author did sa,
Seigand the castell of Couper he la,
Of this Hugo quhen that he hard and knew
With sic power wes cuming of the new, 47.S70
With suir watchis set the hous about,
That none thairin but leif mycht wyn out.
With all the power syne with him he hed,
To Stirling that tyme richt sone he sped,
1 In MS. wa«.