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In guerdon of all my lufis space

xxv. She hath me tak, her humble creature ; Unto impnis? of my maisteris dear, And thus befell my blissful aventure, Gower, and Chaucer, that on the steppis In youth of love, that now from day to

sate day,

Of rhetoric, while they were livand here, Flow'reth ay new, and yet further I say : Superlative as poetis laureate,

Of morality and eloquence ornate,
XXII.

I recommend my book in linis seven, Go little treatise, naked of eloquence, And eke? their souls unto the bliss of Causing simpless and poverty to wit ;

heaven. And pray the reader to have patience

Of thy default, and to supporten it ;
Of his goodness thy brukilnesse' to knit,
And his tongue for to rule and to steer,

PEBLIS TO THE PLAY.
That thy defaultis healed may been here.

I.

At Beltane 3 when ilk 4 body bounis 5
XXIII.

To Peblis6 to the play,
Alas! and gif thou comest in the presence, To hear the singing and the sounds,
Where as of blame fainest thou would The solace, sooth to say,
be quit,

By firth, and forest, furth they found ;7
To hear thy rude and crooked eloquence, They grathit' them full gay,
Who shall be there to pray for thy God wot, that would they do, that stound, 9
remit?

For it was their feast day, No wight, but gifs her mercy will admit

They said, Thee for good will, that is thy guide and Of Peblis to the play.

steer, To whom for me thou piteously requere.

II.

All the wenches of the west
XXIV.

Were up ere the cock crew ;
And thus endeth the fatal influence, For reiling to there might no man rest,
Caused from heaven where power is For garray," and for glew;

-;12 commit,

One said, my curches 13 are not prest, Of governance by the magnificence Then answered Meg, full blue,

Of him that highest in the heaven sit ; To get a hood I hold it best; To whom we think that all our hath writ, By Goddis soul that is true, Who couth it read agone syne many a

Quoth she, year,

Of Peblis to the play. High in the heavinis figure circular.5

* Frailty, incoherence.

3 Unless ? Of his love.

4 Plead. 5 Meaning obscure ; seems to be-To whom we think all we have written was known years ago, who could read it in the high circle of the heavens.

8 Dressed.
1 Hymns.
9 Also.

9 Time.
3 First of May.

10 Bustle. 4 Each.

II Hurry-skurry of 5 Prepares to go.

preparation. 6 The burgh of Peebles. 12 Mirth, sport. 7 Went.

13 Kerchiefs, caps. III.

A birkin' hat upon his head She took the tippet by the end,

With a bow, and a bolt ;? To let it hang she leit' not;

Said, merry maidens, think not long, Quoth he, thy back shall bear a bend ; The weather is fair and smolt. 3 In faith, quoth she, we meit? not.

He cleikit4 up a high rough song, She was so gucket and so gend, 3

"Thair fure ane man to the holt,s That day a bite she eat not ;

Quoth he, Then spoke her fellows, that her kend, Of Peblis to the play. Be still, my joy, and greit 4 not, Now,

VII. Of Peblis to the play.

They had not gone half of the gait 6 IV.

When the maidens came upon them, Ever, alas ! then said she,

Ilk ane man gave his consait, 7 Am I not clearly tynt ?5

How that they would dispone them :

One said, the fairest falls to me,
I dare not come yon market to,
I am so evil sone-brint :6

Take ye the lave and fone 8 them.

Another said, waes me! let be,
Among yon merchandis my duds do,
Mary I shall once mynt, 7

On Tweddell side, and on them,
Stand off far, and keik 8 them to,

Swythe, 9 As I at home was wont,

Of Peblis to the play.
Quoth she,

VIII.
Of Peblis to the play,

Then he to go, and she to go,
V.

And ne'er one bade abide you :
Hope, Kailzie, and Cardronow,9

One winklot 10 fell, and her tail up; Gathered out thick-fold,

Wow! quoth Malkin, hide you, With heigh, and how, rohumbelow, so What needis you to make it so? The young folk were full bold :

Yon man will not o'er-ride you. The bag-pipe blew, and they out-threw, | Are ye ower good, quoth she, I say, Out of the towns untold ;

To let them gang beside you, Lord ! such a shout was them among,

Yonder, When they were o'er the wold,

Of Peblis to the play.

There west, Of Peblis to the play.

IX.

Then they came to the townis end, VI.

Withouten more delay ; Ane young man stert into that stead," He before, and she before, As cant" as any colt,

To see who was most gay :

6 Way.

· Let, permitted.
? Mate, match.
3 Foolish and wild.
4 Weep, cry.
5 Lost, undone.
6 Sunburnt.
7 Attempt.

8 Look slily.
9 Three villages near

Peebles.
10 The refrain of an old

* Made of birch bark,
or twigs.

7 Conceit, ideas.
8 Caress, fondle.
9 Quick.

10 Young wench.
5 There went a man to the wood,-an old
song

? An arrow
3 Mild.
4 Struck up.

song

11 Place.

12 Merry, brisk.

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XVI.

Sewin some,' that the tulye’ made, He sterted to his great gray mare,

Lay gruffling 3 in the stockis. And off he tumbled the creilis ;

John Nickson of the Nether ward 4 Alas, quoth she, hold our good man;

Had lever5 have given an ox,
And on her knees she kneelis.

Or he had comen in that company,
Abide, quoth she ; why, nay, quoth he; He swore by Goddis cokkis,
Into his stirrups he leapt,

And mannis both, The girthing broke, and he flew off,

Of Peblis to the play.
And up stert both his heelis,

XX.
At anes,
Of Peblis to the play.

With that Will Swane came sweatand out,

A meikle miller man;
XVII.

Gif I shall dance, have done, let see His wife came out, and gave a shout,

Blow up the bag-pipe than : And by the foot she got him,

The schowman's dance I maun begin, All be-dirten drew him out :

I trow it shall not pain ; Lord G-d! right well that set him !

So heavily he hochith about,
He said, where is yon culroun" knave?

1
To see him, lord! as they ran,

That tide, Quoth she, I reid? you let him

Of Peblis to the play.
Gang hame his gaits.3 By G-d, quoth he,
I shall anes have at him,

XXI.

They gathered out of the town, Of Peblis to the play.

And nearer him they dreuch ;7

One bade give the dancers room,
XVIII.

Will Swane makes wonder teuch.
You 'filed me, fie for shame, quoth she, Then all the wenches te-he they play'd ;
See as you have dress'd me;

But lord ! as Will Young leuch. How fell you, Sir? As my girthing broke, Good gossip come hyen your gaits, 8 What meikle devil may lest" me ;

For we have danced aneuch,9 I wot not well what it was,

At anes, My own gray mare, that kest5 me,

At Peblis at the play. Or if I was forfochten faint,

XXII. And syne lay down to rest me,

Yonder,

So fiercely fire-het was the day, Of Peblis to the play.

His face began to freckle,

Then Tibby took him by the hand,
XIX.

Was new comen frae the heckle ; 10
By that the bargain was all play'd, Alas, quoth she, what shall I do?
The strings stert out of their nockis ;) And our door has no stekill ; I

Yet,

1 Rascal.

3 Go home his ways. Advise. 4 Lest makes no sense here. “May" and it together come near Gavin Douglas'". Male-eis ” trouble of mind : Eng. molest.

5 Cast, threw. 6 Faint from fatigue. 7 The notches of their bows.

* The sense requires a proper name ; Swaineson ?-unless it means seven persons,--sevin sum ? Squabble.

7 Drew. 3 Sleeping uneasily. 8 Haste your way home. 4 Of Lanarkshire.

9 Enough. 5 Rather.

10 Flax comb. 6 Hobbled.

I1 Latch.

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XXV. He fippilits like a featherless fowl, And said, be still, my sweet thing; By the holy rood of Peblis, I may not rest for greiting :6 He whistled and he pipèd both, To make her blithe that meeting : My hony heart, how says the sang ? “There shall be mirth at our meeting,"

Yet, Of Peblis to the play.

Laugh like the cackling of a hen. 2 Parted.

* Meaning obscure :-Shaking their arrows into their quivers ? 2 Revelry

6 Gowns. 3 A royal palace in Fife. 7 Dressed, made 4 Wooers, suitors.

ready. 5 A general name for 8 Nimble, light country girls, now

heeled. Jennys.

9 Roe-skin. 10 Their shoes were of leather from the Straits of Gibraltar Cordovan or Morocco. "I Wincey, linsey-woolsey.

3 Go away.

4 Neck is given as the meaning here, but “ Swairf” faint is needed for the sense. 5 Cried, whined.

6 Weeping.

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