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“ My Lorde, your father he gretes yow well,
Wyth many a noble knyght; He desyres yow to byde
That he may see thys fyght.
Wyth hym a noble companye;
And the battel fayne wold they see.”
“ That dyed for yow and me, Wende to my lorde my father agayne,
And saye thow saw me not with yee.
It nedes me not to layne,
And I have hys trowth agayne :
For soth, unfoughten awaye,
In hys londe another daye.
By Mary, that mykel maye,
Wyth a Skotte another daye.
And let scharpe arowes flee ; Mynstrells, playe up for your waryson,
And well quyt it schall be. “Every man thynke on hys trewe love,
And marke hym to the Trenite:
Thys day wyll I not fle.”
Hys standerde stode on hye;
By syde stode starres thre.
The whyte lyon on the Ynglysh parte,
Forsoth, as I yow sayne,
The Skotts faught them agayne.]
Uppon Sent Andrewe lowde cane they crye,
And thrysse they schowte on hyght,
As I have tolde yow ryght.
Sent George the bryght, owr ladyes knyght,
To name they 4 were full fayne;
And thrysse the schowtte agayne.
I tell yow in sertayne;
Many a dowghty man was ther slayne.
The Percy and the Dowglas mette,
That ether of other was fayne;
With swords of fyne Collayne ;
Tyll the bloode from ther bassonetts ranne
As the roke doth in the rayne; “ Yelde the to me,” sayd the Dowglàs,
“ Or ells thow schalt be slayne;
“ For I see by thy bryght bassonet,
Thow arte sum man of myght;
Thow art an yerle, or ells a knyght.” 5
3 The arms of Douglas are pretty accurately emblazoned in the former stanza, especially if the readings were, The crowned harte, and Above stode starres thre, it would be minutely exact at this day. As for the Percy family, one of their ancient badges or cognizances was a white lyon, statant; and the silver crescent continues to be used by them to this day : they also give three luces argent for one of their quarters.
* i.e. The English.
“By my good faythe," sayd the noble Percy,
“Now haste thou rede full ryght; Yet wyll I never yelde me to the, Whyll I may stonde and fyght.”
100 They swapped together, whyll that they swette,
Wyth swordes scharpe and long;
Tyll ther helmes cam in peyses dowyn.
That he felle to the growynde.
I tell yow in sertayne;
Thus was the Dowglas slayne.
With many a grevous grone;
And many a dowghty man was slone.'
But styffly in stowre can stond,
120 Ther was slayne upon the Skottes syde,
For soth and sertenly,
That daye that he cowde dye.
Syr. John’ of Agurstonne.
V. 116, slayne. MSS. V. 124, 1.e. he died that day. o Our old minstrel repeats these names, as Homer and Virgil do those of their heroes :
- fortemque Gyan, fortemque Cloanthum, &c. &c. Both the MSS. read here, “ Sir James : " but see above, Pt. 1, ver. 112.
Syr Charlles Morrey in that place
That never a fote wold flye;
With the Dowglas dyd he dye.
For soth as I yow saye,
Went but eyghtene awaye.
For soth and sertenlye,
Yt was the more petye.
For hym ther hartes were sore;
That the Percyes standerd bore.
For soth as I yow saye,
Fyve hondert cam awaye.
Cryste kepe ther sowles from wo,
Agaynst so many a foo.
Of byrch, and haysell graye;
Ther makes they fette awaye.
Bytwene the nyght and the day;
And the Percy was lede awaye.?
V. 143, Covelle. MS. For the names in this page, see the remarks at the end of this ballad. V. 153, one, i. e. on.
. Sc. captive.
Then was ther a Scottyshe prisoner tayne,
Syr Hughe Mongomery was hys name;
He borowed the Percy home agayne.s
To Jesu most of myght,
For he was a gentyll knyght.
V. 165, Percyes. Harl. MS. 8 In the Cotton MS. is the following note on ver. 164, in an ancient hand: -“Syr Hewe Mongomery takyn prizonar, was delyvered for the restorynge of Perssy."
** Most of the names in the two preceding ballads are found to have belonged to families of distinction in the North, as may be made appear from authentic records. Thus, in
THE ANCIENT BALLAD OF CHEVY-CHASE. Page 10, ver. 112. Agerstone.] The family of Haggerston of Haggerston, near Berwick, has been seated there for many centuries, and still remains. Thomas Haggerston was among the commissioners returned for Northumberland in 12 Hen. VI. 1433 (Fuller's Worthies, p. 310). The head of this family at present is Sir Thomas Haggerston, Bart., of Haggerston above mentioned.
N.B. The name is spelt Agerstone, as in the text, in Leland's Itinerary, vol. vii. p. 54.
Ver. 113. Hartly.] Hartly is a village near the sea, in the barony of Tinemouth, about seven miles from North-Shields. It probably gave name to a family of note at that time.
Ver. 114. Hearone.] This family, one of the most ancient, was long of great consideration in Northumberland. Haddeston, the Caput Baroniæ of Heron, was their ancient residence. It descended, 25 Edw. I., to the heir general, Emeline Heron, afterwards Baroness Darcy. --Ford, &c., and Bockenfield (in com. eodem), went at the same time to Roger Heron, the heir male, whose descendants were summoned to Parliament: Sir William Heron of Ford Castle being summoned 44 Edw. III.- Ford Castle hath descended by beirs general to the family of Delaval (mentioned in the next article). Robert Heron, Esq., who died at Newark in 1753 (father of the Right Hon. Sir Richard Heron, Bart.), was heir male of the Herons of Bockenfield, a younger branch of this family. Sir Thomas Heron Middleton, Bart., is heir male of the Herons of Chip-Chase, another branch of the Herons of Ford Castle.
Ver. 115. Lovele.] Joh. de Lavale, miles, was sheriff of Northumberland 34 Hen. VII. Joh. de Lavele, mil. in the 1 Ed. VI. and