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inge, Lord, saue vs : we perishen. And Jhesus seith to hem, What ben yee of litil feith agast? Thanne he rysynge comaundide to the wyndis and the see, and a grete pesiblenesse is maad. Forsothe men wondreden, sayinge: What manere man is he this, for the wyndis and the see obeishen to hym. And whan Jhesus hadde comen ouer the water in to the cuntre of men of Genazereth twey men hauynge deuelis runnen to hym, goynge out fro birielis, ful feerse, or wickid, so that no man migte passe by that wey. And loo! thei crieden, sayinge, What to vs and to thee, Jhesu the sone of God? hast thou comen hidir before the tyme for to tourmente vs? Sothely a floc, or droue, of many hoggis lesewynge was nat fer from hem. But the deuelis preyeden him, seyinge, gif thou castist out vs hennes, sende vs in to the droue of hoggis. And he saith to hem, Go yee. And thei goynge out wente in to the hoggis; and loo! in a greet bire al the droue wente heedlynge in to the see, and thei ben dead in watris. Forsothe the hirdes fledden awey, and cummynge in to the citee, tolden alle these thingis; and of hem that hadden the fendis. And loo! al the citee wente ageinis Jhesu, metynge hym; and hym seen, thei preiden hym, that he shulde pass fro her coostis.

CHAPTER III.

FROM THE DEATH OF CHAUCER TO THE AGE OF ELIZABETH.

A. D. 1400-1558.

A.-SCOTTISH POETS.

18. JAMES I. 1394-1437. (Manual, p. 60.)

From the King's Quair (Quire or Book).

On his BELOVED.
The longè dayès and the nightės eke,
I would bewail my fortune in this wise,
For which, again distress comfort to seek
My custom was, on mornès, for to rise
Early as day: 0 happy exercise !
By thee come I to joy out of torment;
But now to purpose of my first intent.

Bewailing in my chamber, thus alone,
Despaired of all joy and remedy,
For-tired of my thought, and woe begone;
And to the window gan I walk in hye,
To see the world and folk that went forby;
As for the time (though I of mirthis food
Might have no more) to look it did me good.

Now was there made fast by the touris wall
A garden fair; and in the corners set
An herbere 3 green; with wandis long and small
Railed about and so with treeis set
Was all the place, and hawthorn hedges knet,
That life was none (a) walking there forby
That might within scarce any wight espy.

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3 Haste.

3 Herbary, or gardon of simples.

In fret wise couched with pearlis white,
And greatè balasó lemynge as the fire;
With many an emerant and faire sapphire,
And on her head a chaplet fresh of hue,
Of plumys parted red and white and blue.
About her neck, white as the fyr amaille,?
A goodly chain of small orfevyrie,
Whereby there hang a ruby without fail
Like to a heart yshapen verily,
That as a spark of loweo so wantonly
Seemed burnyng upon her whitè throat;
Now gif there was good parly God it wote.
And for to walk that freshè mayè's morrow,
An hook she had upon her tissue white,
That goodlier had not been seen toforrow,
As I suppose, and girt she was a lyte"
Thus halfling loose for haste; to such delight
It was to see her youth in goodlihead,
That for rudeness to speak thereof I dread.

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In her was youth, beauty with humble port,
Bounty, richess, and womanly feature :
(God better wote than my pen can report)
Wisdom largèss, estate and cunning sure,
In a word in deed, in shape and countenance,

That nature might no more her childe avance.
& Burning. 7 Mr. Ellis conjectures that this is an error, for fuir email, i. e. enamel.

6 Rubies.

8 Goldsmith's work.

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12 Half.

19. WILLIAM DUNBAR, about 1465-1520. (Manual, p. 6o.)

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1 With hair combed back (and) bonnet to one side. % Likely to make wasteful wants. 8 Like a wheel. 4 Hung all in rumples to the heel. 6 His cassock for the ponce. 6 Many a proud impostor with him tripped.

7 Through scalding fire as they skipped. & They grinued with bideous groans.

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9 Then Ire came with trouble and strife. 10 Boasters, braggarts, and bullies, 11 After him passed in pairs.

12 All arrayed in feature of war. 13 In coats of armor and bonnets of steel. 14 Their legs were chained to the heel. (Probably it means covered with iron net-work.) 16 Froward was their aspect. 16 Some struck upon others with brands. 17 Some stuck others to the hilt. 18 With knives tha: sharply could mangle. 19 Followed Envy. 20 Filled full of quarrel and felony. 21 For privy hatred that traitor trembled. 22 Him followed many a dissembling renegado. 23 With feigned words fair or white. 24 And flatterers to men's faces. 23 And backbiters of sundry races. 26 To lie that had delight. 27 With spreaders of false lies. 28 Alas that courts of noble kings. 29 Of them can never be rid.

20. Sir David LYNDSAY. 1490-1557. (Manual, p. 69.)

MELDRUM's DUEL WITH THE ENGLISH CHAMPION TALBART.

Then clariouns and trumpets blew,
And weiriours' many hither drew;
On eviry side come?

mony man
To behald wha the battel wan.
The field was in the meadow green,
Quhare everie man micht weil be seen:
The heraldis put tham sa in order,
That na man past within the border,

1 Warriors.

2 Came.

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Nor preissit3 to com within the green,
Bot heraldis and the campiouns keen;
The order and the circumstance
Wer lang to put in remembrance.
Quhen thir twa nobill men of weir
Wer weill accounterit in their geir,
And in thair handis strong burdounis,
Than trumpettis blew and clariounis,
And heraldis cryit hie on hicht,
Now let thame go — God shawó the richt.
Than trumpettis blew triumphantly,
And thay twa campiouns eagerlie,
They spurrit their hors with spier on breist,
Pertly to prief ® their pith they preist.?
That round rink-room was at utterance,
Bot Talbart's hors with ane mischance
He outterit,' and to run was laith;
Quharof Talbart was wonder wraith."
The Squyer furth his rink 12 he ran,
Commendit weill with every man,
And him discharget of his speir
Honestlie, like ane man of weir.
The trenchour 13 of the Squyreis speir
Stak still into Sir Talbart's geir;
Than everie man into that steid 14
Did all beleve that he was dede.
The Squyer lap richt haistillie
From his coursour deliverlie,
And to Sir Talbart made support,
And humillie 16 did him comfort.
When Talbart saw into his schield
Ane otter in ane silver field,
This race, said he, I sair may rew,
For I see weill my dreame was true;
Methocht ýon otter gartme bleid,
And buir me backwart from my sted;
But heir I vow to God soverane,
That I sall never just 1o agane.
And sweitlie to the Squiyre said,
Thou knawis 20 the cunning 21 that we made,
Quhilk 22 of us twa suld tyne

the field,
He suld baith hors and armour yield
Till him 24 that wan, quhairfore I will
My hors and harness geve thé till.

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8 Pressed. the course. 15 Courser. underatanding

4 Spears.

5 Shew. 6 Prove. 7 Tried. 8 Course-room. 9 Swerved from 10 Loath. 11 Wroth. 12 Course. 13 Ilead of the spear. 14 In that situation. 16 Humbly. 17 Made.

18 Bore.

19 Joust. 20 Thou knowest. 21 Agreement or 22 Which. 23 Lose. 24 To him.

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