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This Oliueir that stude vpoun the wall,
In Scottis langage loude on him did call,
With so hie voce that he mycht rycht weill heir,
Sic plesour had at him that tyme to speir
Of his freindis in Scotland how tha fair. 44,110
In sic talking ane lang quhile he tuke cuir;
Syne at the last this Johnne Dewar said he,
Promittand him, gif that sic thing micht be,
Lordschip and land, greit honour and eis,
This toun to thame so that he wald betreis. 44,115
This Oliueir sic ansuer maid him sone,
Of that conditioun said it suld be done,
So he wald caus thair erle Dauid, but leis,
All his offence remit and grant him peice;
And causs king Williame to him till restoir 44,120
The landis all he tuke fra him befoir.
The quhilk he hes than hecht him for till do,
His treuth in pledge promittit hes thairto;
And euirilkone till vther maid ane band,
Obleist and sworne wes ilkone be his hand; 44,125
Syne set ane tryst that nicht quhair tha suld meit,
At that same place thair purpois to compleit.
To king Richard quhen all this thing wes schawin,
Betuix thir tua how sic ane tryst wes drawin,
To erle Dauid he gaif richt sone command, 44,130
With his armie to tak that thing on hand.
This king Richart, as I think weill micht be,
Of all that ost had maist auctoritie,
For-quhy befoir it hapnit vpoun ane chance,
That gude Phillip, the nobill king of France, 44,1ss
Sic seiknes tuke he micht nocht thair remane,
Quhill into France he passit hame agane.
The erle Dauid, quhilk manlie on him tuke
The watche that nycht, in that same place he woik,
Quhair Oliueir with litill noy or dyn 44,140
Opnit the port and leit thame enter in.
Ouir all the toun syne sone and suddantlie
So aufullie syne enterit in the toun,
This beand done, the castell and the toun
Amang thame self diuisioun and discord.
The Frenche men the contrair did conclude,
Skaillit that tyme and ilk man passit hame.
The empriour, callit Henrie tha dais,
Be ane fals tratoure as my author sais,
Quhilk schew to him how that sic thing sould be, 44,1 so
Tuik this king Richart in captiuitie,
And keipit him in ane strang wallit toun,
Quhill efterwart he payit his ransoun.
The schip also that erle Dauid wes in,
Fra all the laif wes drevin far in twyn; 44,1S5
Intill Egipt, on ane craig by the cost,
This nobill schip with all the men war lost,
Except him self, as ^e sall wnderstand,
With few vther come levand to the land.
And how it hapnit efter ^e sail heir, 44,190
How he wes tane than as ane presoneir,
And haldin thair, quhill efter on ane day
That he wes hed to Alexandria,
Quhair he wes keipit in ane presone strang;
Quhill efterwart, quhen he wes keipit lang, 44,195
The men of Vennus that tyme by the se
In merchandice thair hapnit for to be,
Quhilk lousit him out of that strang presoune,
Payand for him also ane greit ransoun.
Syne into Vennuis brocht him hame agane, 44,200
For his ransone quhair he did thair remane,
Quhill Inglismen come thair in merchandice,
Bocht him agane and pait the samin price
At his plesour syne maid him till pas fre
On hame agane out throw all Italic 44,205
To Flanderis, syne, as my author did sa,
Quhen he come thair, syne efter on ane da,
Feit ane schip and pat her to the fame,
Into Scotland agane for to cum hame;
Throw aduenture so hapnit him to be 44,210
Bicht soir trublit with storme in the se,
And drevin away neirhand to Norrowa cost,
Quhair schip and men neirhand had all bene lost .
Quhat suld I langar tarie heir to tell?
Ouir wynd and waiv so fast it did thame dryve,
Ane vow he maid, syne put all in hir cuir,
Quhair now standis Sanct Nicolas kirk;
Syne at da licht tha passit all to land. Col.2
This erle Dauid thair with his awin hand
The gift of God in oure langage this da.
This king Williame no tarie than maid he, 44,260
Intill all haist quhill he come to Dundie,
With his bruther erle Dauid quhen he met,
On gudlie wyiss ather hes vther gret.
This king Williame, for grit blythnes and jo,
He[s] hint his bruther in his armes tuo, 44,255
And kissit him as he ane barne had bene,
With bitter teiris bristand fra bayth his ene,
Quhylis for joy, quhylis for havines,
Quhen he rememberit of the greit distres
That he sufferit in mony sindrie part, 44,250
Sobbit full soir and sichit with his hart.
And syne agane, for greit blythnes and jo,
That he wes chaipit fra sic perrell so,
Both haill and feir, -without ony harmes,
Richt tenderlie wald tak him in his armes, 44,255
Ane lang tyme so quhill all his pane wes past
And syne to him he said this at the last:
"Thankit be God that all thing hes in cuir,
"His blissit moder also that him buir,
"Of greit triumph and honour thow hes win, 44.270
"And greit perrell syne efter hes bene in,
"Of his greit grace hes brocht the haill and feir,
"Now hame agane in gude heill to ws heir.
"Quhairfoir we aucht the God omnipotent,
"Ilk da to luif with clene mynd and intent." 44,275
And mekle mair syne to his bruther1 deir,
He said that tyme na I will tell tow heir.
This beand done as ^e haif hard me sa,
Quhair present war the lardis all nne da,
This king Williame vnto his bruther gawe 44,2So
Landis and fredome quhair he list to haue;
Quhairwith this village dotit than hes2 he,
Quhilk he foundit that callit wes Dundic;
1 In MS. moder. I * In MS. teas.