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Of manage, of Lie or law degrie
So gude it wes ane weddit man to be.
This ilk Malcome, as that my author sais,
Ane virgin clene he leuit all his dais,
Without corruptione ay of his bodie Me; 42,960
Richt clene he wes in puir virginitie.
And for that caus Arnald this nobill man
Persuadit him in all thing that he can,
Be the consent and counsall of the laue,
Of his bodie successioun for to haif, 42,955
To tak ane princes that micht be his peir.
Sayand far moir than I will say ^ow heir,
That he had sene in mony sindrie storie,
Quhilk I haif nocht this tyme into memorie: Col. 2.
And thocht I hed, I think it litill speid 42,970
Now to my purpois forder to proceid.
Quhen he had said befoir thame all in plane,
Than Ving Malcome sic ansuer maid agane.
Sayand, sen he discretioun had thairtill,
For to decerne betuix gude and ill, 42,975
His mynd wes ay, and ^it, he said, suld be,
For to leif chest in puir verginitie.
Sen Christ, he said, as the scripture dois mene,
Ane virgin wes, and of ane virgin clene
Wes borne in, and alss virginitie 42,9S0
Heir in this tyme gritlie commendit he,
"Thairfoir," he said, "I think for to fulfill
"As I haif said, quha lykis weill or ill."
Quhen this ansuer wes hard with euerie man
Into the tyme that present wes thair than, 42,9S5
Tha said no moir, or dreid it suld him greve,
Bot laulie than ilk man hes tane his leve,
Of Sanct Androis the kirk foundit he;
Translatit it fra secular preistis syne
To channonis regularis of Sanct Augustyne;
And of Cowper the abba in tha dais
Foundit and feft, as that my author sais. 42,905
This being done this worthie nobill king,
Into the tuelt teir efter of his ring,
And of oure Lord ane thousand ^eir also,
Ane hundreth sextie and fyve ^eiris mo,
Throw soir seiknes quhilk persit hes his hart, 43,000
His blissit saull did fra the bodie depart.
The quhilk bodie into Drumfermling,
With all honour pertenit to ane king,
Ingrauit wes than in ane sepulture;
With mad murning than to the erd him buir. 43,005
How Willtame, Bruther To King Malcolme,
Williame his bruther, efter his deceis,
Ane plesand prince that all tyme louit peice,
With ane consent of euerie lord ilkone,
Wes crownit king vpone the marbell stone.
Ane man he wes, alss far as I haif feill, 43,010
In all his tyme ay for the commoun weill;
So full of justice and of equitie,
Thairfoir the Lyoun callit than wes he.
Sone efter he ressauit had the croun,
Ane herald syne he send to Lundoun toun, 43,015
To king Henrie, asking him to restoir
Northumberland with fredome les and moir,
Quhilk he befoir without proces of lawis,
Fra Malcolme tuke but ony quhy or caus,
Quhairfoir he aucht it to restoir agane. 43,020
Quhen this wes said, king [Henrie] than rycht plane
Befoir himself withoutin ony demand, Lib.ia.f.aoo.
For Huntlyngtoun and also Cumberland 43,025 Co1- 1.
Obediens thairfoir to mak him to,
Comperit nes richt haistelie and sone,
As promittit wes be him for to fulfill.
And sen sic thing with thair consent and will
VOL. Ill- B
For greit mater thair that he had till do,
How King Williame Passit In Normondy, And
This king Williame that micht him nocht gane
Into the tyme quhairfoir at his command
Thir tua kingis with greit triumph togidder;
Quhairfoir king Williame efter on ane da,
Baith haill and feir come hame into Scotland,
This king Williame greit diligence hes done,
1 In MS. all all.
As ^e haif hard all thing so beand done, 43,0S0
To king Henrie he send agane full sone, Col. 2.
Askand at him, siclike as of befoir,
Than force it wea to fulfill his desyre,
Alhaill the boundis of Northumberland,
That be no "way for that he wald remit,
And tak all guidis tha mycht les and moir,
Of all the landis him for to depryve.