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The works to be published in octavo, separately, as they were finished; the whole responsibility of the task resting upon the editors, who were to be chosen by the Master of the Rolls with the sanction of the Treasury.

The Lords of Her Majesty's Treasury, after a careful consideration of the subject, expressed their opinion in a Treasury Minute, dated February 9, 1357, that the plan recommended by the Master of the Rolls "was well calculated for the accomplishment of this important national object, in an effectual and satisfactory manner, within a reasonable time, and provided proper attention be paid to economy, in making the detailed arrangements, without unnecessary expense."

They expressed their approbation of the proposal that each chronicle and historical document should be edited in such a manner as to represent with all possible correctness the text of each writer, derived from a collation of the best MSS., and that no notes should be added, except such as were illustrative of the various readings. They suggested, however, that the preface to each work should contain, in addition to the particulars proposed by the Master of the Rolls, a biographical account of the author, so far as authentic materials existed for that purpose, and an estimate of his historical credibility and value.

In compliance with the order of the Treasury, the Master of the Rolls has selected for publication for the present year such works as he considered best calculated to fill up the chasms existing in the printed materials of English history; and of these works the present is one.

Rolls House,

December 1S57.

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A METRICAL VERSION OF THE HISTORY OF
HECTOR BOECE ;

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PUBLISHED BY THE AUTHORITY OF THE LORDS COMMISSIONERS OF HER MAJESTY'S
TREASURY, UNDER THE DIRECTION OF THE MASTER OF THE ROLLS.

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L ON DO N :
LONGMAN, BROWN, GREEN, LONGMANS, AND ROBERTS.

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THE BUIK OP THE CRONICLIS OF SCOTLAND.

Vol. III.

How Malcolme Efteb The Deceis Of King Lib.i3.ti9S.
Dauid Was Crownit King, And Of His CoL1*
Prudence And Chest Lyfe, And Of Greit
Darth And Hungar That Fell In Scot-
Land, AND HOW THE ERLE OF ANGUS FAUCHT

With Symmerleid, Lord Of Argyle, Quha
Tynt The Feild And Fled.

Efter the deid of gude Dauid the king, 42,570

The sone of Henrie, Malcome richt benyng,

Prevenit wes as ^e haif hard be deid,

Succeidit syne into king Dauidis steid,

Ane prettie cheild of threttene ^eiris of age.

Thocht he we.s toung he wes of hie curage, 42,575
As efterwart rycht weill sic thing did preve;
Quhairfoir ilk man of him had gude beleif,
Thocht he that tyme wes bot so ^oung anc.ch^iTd,
Throw greit vertu quhen that he come to eiid,
As weill appeirit be his hie prudence, . 12,5SO ••

That he suld preue ane nobill king and prince.,". ...
And so it wes syne as my author sais,
Ane clene virgin he leuit all his dais,
Without corruptioun into thocht or deid,
Gif all be suith in my author I reid. 42,5S5

VOL. III. A 2

Col. 2.

In his first 3eir, as 3e sall winderstand,
Sic darth and hungar wes ouir all Scotland,
For falt of fude richt mony man and wyffe,
Baith 3oung and ald, that tyme loissit the lyfe,
And mony one, that had aneuch befoir, 42,590
To pouertie wes put for euir moir.
The samin tyme now that 3e heir me reid,
Lord of Argyle wes callit Symmerleid,
Knawand the king so far wes within 3outh,
And he him self inclynit wes till stouth, 42,595
To reif and slauchter and to all mischeif,
In cumpany with mony commoun theif,
Of all the baronis la him neir about
Greit heirschip maid, with mony cry and schout;
And mony one into the tyme he slew, 42,600
That schupe himself or guidis to reskew.
The lord of Angus of richt nobill fame,
That Gillecristus wes callit to his name,
With mony berne that wes baith bald and wicht,
Buskit for battell all in armour bricht, 42,605
This king Malcome hes furneist for till go,
But ony baid, with mony vtheris mo,
Quhilk gaif ane feild syne to this Symmerleid,
Quhair mony berne richt baldlie tha gart bleid.
Tua thousand men of his that da tha slew, 42,610
And he himself than wist of na reskew,
Bot the few folk [that] in the tyme he hed,

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Of this triumph quhen that he hard and knew
That king Malcolme of his fais wan, 42,620
So prysit wes with euerie wyfe and man,

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