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of Percy in the last stanza as dead. It was however written, in all likelihood, as early as the foregoing song, if not earlier; which perhaps may be inferred from the minute circumstances with which the story is related, many of which are recorded in no chronicle, and were probably preserved in the memory of old people. It will be observed, that the authors of these two poems have some lines in common; but which of them was the original proprietor must depend upon their priority; and this the sagacity of the reader must determine.
Yr felle abowght the Lamasse tyde,
Whan husbonds wynn ther haye,
In Ynglond to take a praye:
He bowynd hym over Sulway : 3
That race they may rue for aye.
And so dowyn by Rodelyffe cragge,
Styrande many a stagge: 5
And haryed many a towyn;
15 To battell that were not bowyn. Ver. 2. wynn their heaye. Harl. MS. This is the Northumberland phrase to this day: by which they always express "getting in their hay." The orig. MS. reads here winn their waye.
2 Robert Stuart, second son ot' K. Robert II.
3 i.e. “Over Solway frith.” This evidently refers to the other division of the Scottish army, which came in by way of Carlisle. Bowynd, or bounde him; i. e. hied him.-Vide Gloss.
4 They: sc. the Earl of Douglas and his party.—The several stations here mentioned, are well-known places in Northumberland. Ottercap hill is in the Parish of Kirk-Whelpington, in Tynedaleward. Rodeliff- (or as it is more usually pronounced Rodeley-) Cragge is a noted cliff near Rodeley, a small village in the parish of Hartburn, in Morpethward : it lies south-east of Ottercap. Green Leyton is another small village in the same parish of Hartburn, and is south-east of Rodeley.-Both the orig. MSS. read here corruptly, Hoppertop and Lynton..
5 This line is corrupt in both the MSS. viz. “Many a styrande stage.'Stags have been killed within the present century on some of the large wastes in Northumberland,
Than spake a berne upon the bent,
Of comforte that was not colde,
We have all welth in holde,
“ Now we have haryed all Bamboroweshyre,
All the welth in the worlde have wee;
So styll and stalwurthlye.”
The standards schone fulle bryght;
And thether they cam fulle ryght.
I telle yow withowtten drede;
And kepte Barwyke upon Twede.
The Skottes they cryde on hyght, “Syr Harye Percy, and thou byste within,
Com to the fylde, and fyght: “For we have brente Northomberlonde,
Thy eritage good and ryght; And syne my logeyng I have take,
With my brande dubbyd many a knyght.” Syr Harry Percy cam to the walles,
The Skottyssh oste for to se; “And thow hast brente Northomberlond,
Full sore it rewyth me. “ Yf thou hast haryed all Bambarowe shyre,
Thow hast done me grete envye ; For the trespasse thow hast me done,
The tone of us schall dye."
V. 39, syne seems here to mean since.
“ Where schall I byde the ? ” sayd the Dowglas,
“Or where wylte thow come to me?'
Ther maist thow well logeed be.
To make the game and glee:
Amonge the holtes on . hee.'
Well looged ther maist be;
Sayd Syr Harry Percye.
“By the fayth of my bodye.”
“My trowth I plyght to the."
For soth, as I yow saye;
And all hys oste that daye.
For soth withowghten naye;
Uppon a Wedyns-day:
Hys gettyng more and lesse,
To chose ther geldyngs gresse.
A wache I dare well saye :
80 V. 53. Roe-bucks were to be found upon the wastes not far from Hexham in the reign of George I.: – Whitfield, Esq., of Whitfield, is said to have destroyed the last of them. V. 56, hye MSS.
V. 77, upon the best bent. MS. Otterbourn stands near the old Watling-street road, in the parish of VOL. I.
He prycked to his pavyleon dore,
As faste as he myght ronne ; “ Awaken, Dowglas,” cryed the knyght,
“For Hys love, that syttes yn trone. “ Awaken, Dowglas," cryed the knyght,
“For thow maiste waken wyth wynne; Yender have I spyed the prowde Percy,
And seven standardes wyth hym." “ Nay by my trowth,” the Douglas sayed,
“It ys but a fayned taylle; He durste not loke on my bred banner,
For all Ynglonde so haylle. • Was I not yesterdaye at the Newe Castell,
That stonds so fayre on Tyne? For all the men that Percy hade,
He cowde not garre me ones to dyne.' He stepped owt at hys pavelyon dore,
To loke and it were lesse; “ Araye yow, lordyngs, one and all,
For here bygynnes no peysse.
The fowarde I gyve to the:
He schall wyth the be.
On the other hand he schall be: Lorde Jhonstone, and Lorde Maxwell,
They to schall be with me.
To batell make yow bowen,
110 THE Perssy came byfore hys oste,
Elsdon. The Scots were encamped in a grassy plain near the river Read. The place where the Scots and English fought is still called Battle-Riggs. 8 The Earl of Menteith.
9 The Lord Buchan.
Wych was ever a gentyll knyght, Upon the Dowglas lowde can he crye,
“I wyll holde that I have hyght:
And done me grete envye;
The tone of us schall dye.”
With grete wurds up on 'hee,
Byholde, and thow maiste see.”
For sothe as I yow saye;
And schoote his horsse clene away.
That ryall was ever in rowght;
And lyght him rowynde abowght.
For soth, as I yow saye : Jesu Cryste in hevyn on hyght
Dyd helpe hym well that daye. But nyne thowzand, ther was no moo,
The cronykle wyll not layne ;
That day fowght them agayne. .
In hast ther came a knyght;
And thus he sayd full ryght:
V. 1, 13, Pearcy, al. MS. V. 4, I will hold to what I have promised. Ver. 10, hye. MSS. Ver. 11, the one. MS.
1 He probably magnifies his strength, to induce him to surrender. 2 Al that follows, included in brackets, wa not in the first edition.