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They made not equal distribution,
Of holy kirkis patrimony, and rent,1
Religious men were punished painfully
But temporality they have it all misspent ; | For vain glore, als for inobedience,
Whilk should have been triparted unto
First to uphold the kirk in honesty.
The second part to sustain their estatis, The third part to be given to the poor is; But they disponed that gear all other gaitis3 On carts, and dice on harlotry and huris; Thir caitives took nae compt of their ain curis ;4
Their kirkis riven, their ladies cleanly cled, And richly ruled both at board and bed.
Breakand their constitutions wilfully,
Full sore weeping, with voices lamentable They cried loud, O Emperor Constantine! We may wite 2 thy possession poisonable, Of all our great punition and pyne: Howbeit thy purpose was till ane good fine,3 Thou banisht from us true devotion, Havand sic ee till our promotion.4
Their bastard bairnis proudly they pro- Then we beheld ane den full dolorous,
The kirk gear largely they did on them spend,
In their defaults their subditis 5 were misguided,
Where that princes and lordis temporal
And counted nought, their God for till Their blood royal made them nae support
By bad aspects which work vengeance,
In court to be infortunate,
Whilk have so long in service been,
Nor with my brethren of court rewarded;
That seeks not for some recompence.
Although I beir not like a bard,
Alas! my sloth and shamefastness
Why gets thou not some piece of And namely at young princes hands.
As well as other men have gotten?
I would some wise man did me teach,
Hired men to work in his vineyard:
But who came last got first reward,
But I took never no other cure 2
Wherethrough the first men were dis- My lord chancellor, and many other,
The first syllabs, that thou didst mute,
My young master that I might see,
Imprudently, like witless fools,
They took the young prince from the schools,
Where he under obedience, Was learning virtue and science; And hastily put in his hand, The governance of all Scotland: As who would in a stormy blast, When mariners been all aghast, Through danger of the sea's rage, Would take a child of tender age, Which never had been on the sea, And to his bidding all obey, Giving him the whole governal, Of ship, merchant, and marinal, For dread of rocks, and foreland, To put the ruther1 in his hand : Without God's grace is no refuge, If there be danger ye may judge. I give them to the devil of hell, That first devised that counsel; I will not say it was treason, But I dare swear it was no reason: I pray God let me never see rign2 Into this realm so young a king. I may not tarry to decide it, How then the court a while was guided, By them them that pertly took in hand, To guide the king and all Scotland: And eke longsome for to declare, Their facund 3 flattering wordis fair; Sir, some would say, your majesty Shall now go to your liberty; Ye shall to no man be coacted, 4 Nor to the school no more subjected. We think them very natural fools, That learn oure meikle at the schools; Sir, you must learn to run a spear, And guide you like a man of wear :5 For we shall put such men about you, That all the world and mo shall doubt 6 you. Then to his grace they put a guard,