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Aganis thame for to debait his richt,
Greit prattik hed and policie in weir,
Richt circumspect in nothing for to leir,
And with him hed, als weill tha wnderstude, 49,S75
Rycht mony captane that war wyss and gude;
The men of weir alss with him he hed,
In mony jornay oft befoir weill sped,
And in mony feildis wan greit victorie,
Thairfoir wes said than for that samin quhy, 49,SS0
"With mony men king Edward with him brocht,
The victorie wald nocht be wone for nocht.
As thir tua kingis into the samin quhile,
In vtheris sichtis within les nor ane myle,
Thair ostis la vpoun the water syde, 49,SS5
iit Banokburne that callit is this tyde.
The nycht befoir thir princes met in feild,
Fyve hundreth knychtis wnder speir and scheild,
All in gilt geir rycht gudlie to commend,
This king Edwart ane quyet way hes send 49,S90
To Stirling castell on ane craig that stude, Libi4f225b
To caus the captane be of confort gude, Cui. i.
And schew how neir his help wes at the hand,
And of the Bruce no dreid or aw to stande.
Robert the Bruce at thair passage did spy, 49,S95
Erle Thomas Randall, or tha passit by,
With equall nummer in middis of the streit,
He causit him thame manfullie to meit,
And gaif thame feild or tha doucht to pas by,
Quhair mony berne that bald wes and hardy, 49,900
And mony freik that stalwart wes and stout,
Thocht he wes laith, full law tha gart him lout.
Richt lang tha faucht thir worthie men and wycht,
Of baith thair princes and present in sicht.
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Schir James of Douglas that wes strang and 49,905
Quhen he beheld the Randell in sic dout,
Stude in sic dout than of the victorye;
So at the last as he approchit neir,
For weill he wist, and he had tane his daill,
Quhill gude schir Thomas had the battell wyn.
Richt cruellie into thair kingis sicht.
As micht be judgit rycht apperandlie.
So said the laif ilkone that tyme stude by. 49,940
Robert the Bruce that worthie wes and wycht,
Befoir the feild he hes gart mak that nycht,
With diligence and greit laubour rycht sone,
Into the place quhair that the feild sould jone,
That samin nycht, ane wynk or he wald sleip, 40,945
Trynchis gart mak and pottis that war deip
Into the erd with greit laubour and cuir,
And fra that place the erd awa syne buir,
And stoibbit thame with ryce quhen that wes
And couerit syne the grene scheretis abone; 49,950
That ony perrell in that place hed bene.
That oftymes wyllis helpis ryeht waik men.
At his plesour quhome that he will gif till.
Walkit that nicht, into his orisoun
Aeane thair fais for to fecht in feild;
That siluer cace into the nicht throw hap,
Wes hard richt loud than closand with ane clap.
Ane agit preist, the clap quhen he did heir, 49,975
Keipit the cace, richt suddantlie drew neir,
And fand the arme he had for^et at hame,
Quhilk he that tyme durst nocht reveill for blame,
Weill cloisit thair into the siluer cace.
On to the king he ran than in ane race, 49,9S0
And tald him all the maner wes 1 and how,
Ilk word be word as I haif said to ^ow;
How he that tyme throw aduenture and hap,
The siluer cace hard closand with ane clap,
And in the caice the relict syne did get, 49,9S5
Quhilk he at hame behind him had for^et.
Gude king Robert quhen he hard how he said,
And all the laif rycht blyth tha war and glaid,
Traistand richt weill that all thing 2 suld ga rycht,
Sen gratius God, of his gudnes and mycht, 49,990
Hed sic ane signe of victorie thame schawin,
Greit traist tha had that all suld be thair awin;
Quhilk causit thame than be the leist ane knaif,
In that querrell moir curage for to haif.
This king Robert with humbill mynd contrcit, 49,995
And all his men compleitlie and perfite,
Richt penitent, but fictioun, thair breist
Perfitelie maid confessioun to ane preist,
Quhairof thair wes greit copie in the tyme,
That thame assol^eit of all syn and cryme. 50,000
Syne Christis bodie consecrat in breid
Ressauit hes deuotlie in that steid,
Commendand syne to gratius God of mycht
In his defence thair just querrell and richt,
Baith saull and bodie and all vther thing, 50,005
To be [thair] gyde and haif in governyng.
1 In MS. /«•«'. | * In MS. all ric thing.
Syne on the morne quhen that the da wes lycht,
And Phebus raiss vp with his bemis brycht,
Of Inchafra the abbot of greit fame,
Quhilk callit Wps Mauritius to his name, 50,010
SiAempnitle that da ane mes sang he,
In sic ane place quhair all the oist mycht se.
Syne efter mes, quhen that sendee wes done,
The king him self ascendit to ane trone,
Quhair he richt weill mycht bayth be hard 50,015
With all his men that stude vpone the grene,
"All is nocht tynt that semis into perrell;
"Withoutin richt persewis ws this tyde,
"Quhilk lytill sons or nane at hame hes hed,
fals king, as ^e ma wnderstand, 50,0*0