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1. 10084. for late of þe night, on accouut of the lateness of the night: for late occurs again in 1. 10227.
11. 10131-2. to graue, to bury : occurs in Havelok, 1. 613. (See Gloss. to Havelok: also Jamieson's Dict. under Graif.) barly no = barely any. 1. 10184. noyes
= noyous : see Gloss. 1. 10210. swat, sweated, perspired : Burns in “Tam o' Shanter' has,
“ Till ilka carlin snat and reekit.” 1. 10218. Derf dynttes pai delt occurs in Morte Arthure, 1. 3749. 1. 10388. bisi was þe buerne = he had much ado. 1. 10548. noght dole, in l. 13908, undull, not dull, not blunt, skarp.
11. 10629-41. The sun was in its summer solstice (1st point of Cancer) in our author's time, on the 12th of June. On the 10th, it would be in the 4th point of Cancer, only a very
ttle past the solstice. The change of style accounts for the reckoning here being different from what it would be now.
11. 10704-6. Rut þurgh, &c. : compare Morte Arthure, 1. 2271.
11. 10804-9. Observe that, in four of these six lines the alliteration dwells on vowels. Such lines are very scarce in William of Palerne and Piers Plowman, but pretty common in this work and the Morte Arthure. In a previous note attention was called to the number of couplets and triplets with the same rime-letter: another example of each is given in 11. 10813-14 and 10818-20. See note, 1. 14035.
1. 10985. Compare with l. 5810, and both with Norte Arthure, ll. 3832-3.
1. 11029. Lugget : see note to 1. 6663.
1. 11091. Stedes doun sticked, steeds fell mortally stabbed : compare with Morte Arthure, 11. 1488, 3823. This picture is given again and again in The Bruce : as in Bk 6, 1. 321 : 7. 717: 8. 602: 9. 101, &c.
11. 11246-7. for doute because of the difficulty of the question. & wirke to be best and then (I shall) act for the best, or, and (that I may) act for the best.
1. 11322. in mene = as mediator or representative.
1. 11375. a claterer of murthe, a tale bearer : see Jamieson's Dict. and Supp
1. 11428. castyn hor wittes laid their heads together, i. e. conferred with each other : the phrase is still used.
1. 11437. cundeth, a safe conduct : occurs in Morte Arthure as condethe, counilyte, cundit (see Gloss.); and in Wallace as condyt, Bk 6, 1. 864, and cundyt, Bk 6, 1. 888.
1. 11621. exit, asked, demanded : see Rubric to Bk 1. 1.
1753. vtwith, without, outside : see Outwith in Jamieson's Dict. 1. 11789. Kowchit, laid : sce l. 8386 and note. The word is still
1. 118:37. svyke, deceit, treachery : A.S. svíc.
1. 11934. ne no hate þoght expecting nothing of the kind : hate, the smallest thing, quantity, or degree, from Isl. haete, haeti. See Jamieson's Dict.
1. 11941. Iobbes, pieces, articles : but as pesis occurs in the next line, perhaps jubbes (jugs holding about a quart) are intended.
1. 11949. reverd, in l. 12697, rurde, in l. 13902, ruerde, noise, tumult, confusion : see Jamieson's Dict. under Reird.
1. 12093. by speryng of othir by inquiring of the people (about her).
1. 12148. hir wit leuyt lost her wits, became inad.
1. 12212. wary, curse, ban, despise, speak ill of: occurs in Wielif, Matt. xxvi; Chaucer, Man of Lawes, 1. 1492. See Prompt. Parv, aud Jainieson's Dict. and Supp.
1. 12424. mertrid: see note to l. 5553.
1. 12529. slober, foam, foul drift. sluche, slush, muddy water, or, watery mud ; in 11. 5710, 13547, slicche.
1. 12609. hade, would hide or conceal.
“ Hap and row, hap and row,
Hlap and row the feetie o't,” &c. 1, 12812. Ames you of malice, moderate your malice: see Jamieson's Dict. and Supp: under Ameise and Meis (Ger. massen). An old proverb has, ‘Crab without cause, and mease without mends.'
1. 12934. fuute of þaire hedes lack of their chiefs.
1. 13019. the barre, the band of flannel with which an infant is swaddled, a girdle ; also, the undermost dress of a female: A.S. bær, naked, because worn next the body. The word is still so used : see Jamieson's Dict. and Supp.
1. 13120. wallond wele, lit. well-selected wealth hard-won riches, one's whole riches. walt he no gode he had nothing left.
1. 13254. the Sea occian, the great, wide sea : in Douglas's Virgil, p. 21, 1. 48, occurs 'the octiune se.'
11. 13502-6. clocher clough, a cleft in a rocky bill, a strait hollow between precipitous banks, or, as Verstegan has it in Restit. Dec. Intell., "a kind of breach down along the side of a hill :" it is here used place of concealment. the hed of the hole the beginning of the entrance. the hext gre
the topinost step: hext = highest. lagher laigher, lower. selkowth, strange, but used as a 8.= a wonder.
1. 13633. Wanen (3rd pl. pret. of Win), got: wan is the form most used throughout this work ; but both forms are still common.
11. 13680-3. aspies, seeks out, watches for an opportunity to bring about, meditates. vnqwemys his quate upsets his judgment, turns his head. Gers hym swolow a swete, engages him in some enticing speculation. þat swelles hym after, that costs him dear, that ruins him.
1. 13826. Grydell girdell, a girdle : Su.-Goth. graedda, to bake. See Gloss. under Girdiller.
1. 13889, nolpit nappit, struck fast and fiercely: nap is still used to express striking with a hammer, and a nap a blow, as in 1. 6137. 1. 13952. rught
rugh, rough. Note the i after gh liere as in strenght, strenkyght (1. 6276), lenght, &c. 1. 13908. a dart undull, a dart not dull, i. e. blunt
= a sharp dart : see l. 10548.
11. 13920-7. In the MS. these lines are quite confused: 1. 139:23 comes after 1. 13927, and 10 sense is possible. Perhaps the said ought to be he said, in 1. 13927.
1. 13953, kepyng, imprisonment: see 11. 13812-5.
1. 14035. This is another very short line, yet quite complete : compare with 11. 4313, 8989. Observe also, that in the thirty lines, 14000 36, the alliteration dwells on vowels sic times.
The text presents so many varieties and irregularities of spelling, that it
A, adj. one, 6324; all, 8205 ; | Aclose, 1. to enclose, to keep
prep. on, upon, as a lofle, a backe; close, 10524.
Acoynte, v. (A.N.) to acquaint,
to accustom, 2931.
Adout, v. (A.N.) to fear, to shrink
Afforce, Afforse, Aforse, v. (A.N.)
to rouse, to compel, to strengthen,
228, 5687, 6171, 6557, 6593.
Affraye, v. (A.N.) to attack, 1084.
Afinytie, Aflinyte, s. (L.) family
connection, relationship, 9081; re-
After, prep. (A.S.) afterwards,
273; unto, 1013.
1158; Agayn, 7315; ado. again,
Age, s. (A.N.) time, 6.
Agh, Aght, v. (A.S. agan) to owe,
to possess, to own, to acknowledge,
315,378, 1704, 2991, 13093; pret.
and part, aght;" as hom wele aghi,"
as they were in duty bound, 1701.
Aght, adj. (A.S.) eight, 3243, Amyddes, prep. amidst, in the
centre of, 8774.
a 0. = han, hane, bad,
nevertheless, 1398; adv. while,
974; to appoint, to allot, 2197. Angardly, Angarely, Angarlv,
Angurdly, ado. angrily, fiercely,
eagerly, 7441, 7470, 9101; very,
engine for shooting arrows, a cross- mony” = very many, 4683.
Angre, v. (A.S.) to anger, to pro-
come angry, 6909, 7327; to wound,
Anoisyt, part. p. made famous,
Frequently joined with other words Anone, adv. immediately, 1955.
Answare, v. to answer, 1862.
Aparty, adv. partly, 3842.
thoroughly, 1264, 7629, 10010. come forward, 1215, 1013; to
Aperte, adv. (A.N.) openly,
Apoint, s. finish, range, extent,
Appres, v. to compel, to force,
(A.S.) quickly, Apreve, pret. of Aprove, to ap-
prove, to sanction, 8914.
aestimo) to think, to plan, to devise, Apropre, v. to conquer, to annes,
Ardagh, adj. (A.S.) fallowing,
ploughing; on ordagh wise" =
Are, adv. lately, 8876.