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Thir nobill men of quhome to tow I spak,
Ane hundretht thousand pundis for to pa
And Cumbria, withoutin pley or pleid;
Of all that thing for mair securitie,
With his lordis in Scotland syne come hame.
That samin tyme, as my author did sa,
Ane callit Fergus, lord of Gallowa,
Ane sone he had callit Gilbert to name; 43,400
In that same tyme that king Williame come hame,
I can nocht tell ^ow richt weill gif I lie,
Quhat wes the quhy thairfoir speir nocht at me,
He wes so hardie for to tak on hand,
He held him self for king than of Scotland; 43,405
And euerie man than, baith be land and se,
Assistit nocht to his auctoritie,
He leit thame leve bot into litill eis,
With all thair power that wald nocht him pleis.
All brokin men that hereit, reft and staw, 43,470
And murdereris that mycht nocht byde the law,
And sueir swyngeouris that haue [na] will to wirk,
Oppressouris als of God and halie kirk,
That durst nocht cum befoir ane equall judge,
To him tha drew for succour and refuge: 43,475
"Vnnumerabill that mycht nocht weill be tald,
Quhilk better war to hang no for to hald.
His one bruther that wes wyiss and bening,
Becaus he him repreuit of sic thing,
This fuls tirrane, throw cruell yre and tene, 43,4S0
Dispytfullie gart put out bayth his ene;
And baith his handis gart stryke him fro,
Syne gaif him leve quhaireuir he list to go.
Ilk da be da he wrocht sa mekle wrang
That he mycht nocht be sufferit weill so lang. 43,4S5
Gude Gillecrist, of quhome ^e hard befoir
In mony feild wan greit honour and gloir,
With greit power wes maid that tyme to pas
Agane Gilbert in Galloway that wes,
Quhair baith tliair power sone togidder met; 43,490
With brandis brycht ilkone at vther bet,
Quhill mony freik wes fellit thair on force,
And mony kene man keillit throw the cors.
This Gilbertis men richt werie all forbled,
Tha tuke the flicht out of the feild and fled 43,495
Yp and doun to mony sindrie place;
Gude Gillcrist fast efter maid ane chace,
And in the fleing thair wes far ma slane
No in the feild quhair tha faucht on the plane.
This ilk Gilbert into the samin quhile, 43,500
To saue himself he fled to Mona Yle,
Sone efter syne into Ybernia,
Thair to remane, as my author did sa.
No moir of this; for heir I think to tell
Of aduenture that efterwart befell. 43,505
Off Ane Cardinale That1 Come To Keforme
The secund ^eir efter as I presume,
Gif ony war committit of befoir.
In proper persoun to cum him befoir. 43,515
At Northamptoun quhair that the place wes set,
In that counsall togidder all tha met,
Ilk da be da with greit wisdome tha wrocht,
Quhill all thair mater till ane end wes brocht.
Quhen all wes done, as I haif said but lane, 43,520
This cardinall proponit into plane
The bischopis all of Scotland for to mak,
To the bischope that tyme of Eborak,
Obediens, and ay fra that forth he
Of thame to haif the haill auctoritie. 43,525
For-quhy in Scotland, as my author sais,
No archibischop thair wes into tha dais;
And for that caus it semit weill, said he,
AH wnder him as suffragans to be;
Gif hapnit sua, as oft syis sua hes bene, 43,530
Actioun or pley be movit thame betuene,
Moir esie war to thame intil all tyde,
Sic materis all richt sone for to decyde
1 In MS. that that.
-Sefoir this bischop into Eborak
No into Rome, quhair tha bebouit mak 43,535
Sumpteous expenss and grit travell thairto,
That is nocbt neidfull at this tyme to schaw.
"Except the paip, withoutin ony pley, "Christis vicar quhome to we suld obey. "Vnconsonand is to the veritie "To do to ws so greit inormitie, "That te pretend now in this tyme till ws, 43,500 "The quhilk of ressoun we ma weill refus. "To fortifie thairfoir," he said, "this thing "That I haif said in the name of our king, "Heir I protest, quhat te sa or alledge "Tha6 hurt nocht him nor ^it our priuiledge." 43,505 This being- said as I haif said tow to, In th&t mater thair wes na mair ado, Bot left it so evin as tha first began, Skaillit that counsall and teid hame ilk man. Vol. in. c
This ilk Gilbert, of quhome I schew ^ow heir, 43,570
Quhilk now in gloir into the hevin so hie,
CoL2. At midsomer, as my author did tell, 43,5S0
Of hailstanis ane felloun sohour that fell;
Of September efter that this wes done,
As it had bene about the mirk midnycht.
So aufull thunder fell doun fra the sky, 43 595
And fyre-flaucht als, as my author did sa,
1 In MS. me/*.