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Off King Johne Of Ingland, And Of His Op-
Geir, AND HOW HIS LORDIS RAIS AGANIS
The samin king Johnne of quhome to ^ow I 44,920 tald,
Quhilk of befoir infectit wes of aid
With auerice, that baith to man and child,
The moir perfite it growis now in ild;
Quhair vther vices in age ar maid les,
Than auerice begynnis to incres. 44,925
This ilk king Johnne, of quhome befoir I schew
So emnulant with auerice, of new
Ouir all Ingland richt greit extorsioun
Maid on the pepill with oppressioun,
Makand new lawis euerie ^eir by ^eir, 44,930
Abhominabill till ony man to heir.
And in the first he maid ane law, but leis,
Gif man or woman hapnit to deceis,
Had he ane air vther to land or gude,
That ather to him suld gif ane gratitude 44,935
Or he succeidit other to gude or land,
Or than forfalt all in the kingis hand.
Als in the tyme he maid ane vther law,
No man of gude sould, other greit or smaw,
For his baniis with mariage dispone, 44,940
Without he did first with the king compone,
And gif ane tribute for the kingis leif:
Quha war so pert the contrar for to preifj
It suld be repute for ane falt and cryme,
The thrid law maid, quhilk be the werst of all,
As bischop, abbot, dene, archidene also,
Quhill that [thai] war provydit new agane,
Quhairfbir the lordis that tyme of Ingland,
Amang thame self sua that tha wald be trew,
For to resist aganis thair poweris all;
In tyme to cum na mater suld be sped,
To him8 he gaif tha writtis in the tyme,
1 In MS. That. \ - In MS. counsallouris. \ 'In MS. Mame.
"With all the lordis as it wes deseruit,
The auerice ^it of this ilk king Johnne, 44,9S5
That men trowit wes meneist and maid les,
Begouth agane to grow and to incres,
With puir invie and greit crudelitie
Of his lordis for to revengit he.
For that same caus, as te ma weill presume, 44,000
Ane seruand send onto the court of Rome
With his desyr, the quhilk wes put in wryte,
Of fynest gold ane sowme als infunyte.
This mesainger directit wes till go
Vnto ane man that callit wes Guallo; 44,905
Ane cardinall he wes into that tyme,
Full of all vice and conscius of that cryme;
With sindrie vices thocht that he wes blekkit,
With auerice I hald him maist suspectit.
This ilk Gu[a]llo considderit hes full sone, 45,000
So greit reward wes send him fra king Johne,
Presentit1 hes onto the paip in write
His soir complaint with dolorus indyte;
Quhilk I pretend this tyme to tell ^ow till,
In forme and effect the tenour of Ms hilL 45,oos
Into the first he menis him full soir
Of all his lordis that tyme les and moir,
That wranguslie tlia did him greit injure,
Eestren^eand him fra regiment and cuir
Of his kirkmen, without ressoun or quhy, 45,010
At thair plesour for malice and invy.
All that he did, he said, hayth moir and les,
Wes for the proffeit of his halines,
And for the weill also of halie kirk
Traist weill, he said, he wald nocht ellis wirk, 45,015
1 In MS. He presentit
And for the best it wee ay that he wrocht.
Paip Innocens for that same caus and qtihy,
This cardinall, that callit wes Gualo,
Lib. 13, f. 20S. For greit reward king Johnne had to him send,
To thame that wes most inwart with the laif 45,030
Into the court richt greit reward he gaif,
Quhilk causit mony to corruptit be,
In Rome that tyme quhilk hed auctoritie.
Becaus in Rome, as I hard wyiss men tell,
Baith richt and wrang wes all tyme for to sell;1 48,035
So is it tit, as mony suith men sais,
In Rome siclike into the samin dais.
This messenger than passit hame full sone
Onto the king and schew how [he] hed done \
And how the paip rycht glaidlie with his hart, 45,040
Promittit hed that he suld tak his part,
And wryttin alss into the tyme also,
With greit credence than fra this ilk Gualo.
To quhome that tyme king Johnne aboue the laif,
Throw his ansuer so greit confidence gaif; 45,046
And suddantlie, withoutin ony moir,
Begouth agane evin quhair he left befoir,
To his lordis so wranguslie to wirk,
And greit injure also to halie kirk.
1 These two lines precede the former couplet in MS.
Quhairfoir his lordis gtidlie till advance, 45,050
For ^oung Lues, quhilk Dolphene wes of France,
"Rycht Bone tha send than for that samin thing,
And Alexander of Scotland that wes king,
Be the promit befotr to thame tha maid,
Gif that thair king thocht mair thame till in- 45,055
This Coung Lues, with greit power he hed,
And gif, he said, it plesit him do so,