by a strange people;» on one shoulder, «I invoke the servant, who waited without, halloo'd upon the dissons of Hagar ;» on the other, «I do mine office. comfited wizard his own greyhounds, and pursued him When the king had decyphered these ominous inscrip- so close, that, in order to obtain a moment's breathing tions, the statue returned to its exercise, the tempest to reverse the charm, Michael, after a very fatiguing commenced anew, and Roderic retired, to mourn over course, was fain to take refuge in his own jaw-hole the predicted evils which approached his throne. He (anglice, common sewer). In order to revenge himself caused the gates of the cavern to be locked and barri- of the witch of Falsehope, Michael, one morning in the caded; but, in the course of the night, the tower fell ensuing harvest, went to the hill above the house with with a tremendous noise, and under its ruins concealed his dogs, and sent down his servant to ask a bit of for ever the entrance to the mystic cavern.

The con

bread from the goodwife for his greyhounds, with quest of Spain by the Saracens, and the death of the instructions what to do if he met with a denial. Acunfortunate Don Roderic, fulfilled the prophecy of the cordingly, when the witch had refused the boon with brazen statue. Historia verdadera del Rey Don Rodrigo contumely, the servant, as his master had directed, laid por el sabio Alcayde Abulcucim, traduzeda de la above the door a paper, which he had given him, conlengua Arabiga por Miquel de Luna, 1654, cap. vi. taining, amongst many cabalistical words, the well

known rhyme, -
Note 13. Stanza xiii.

Maister Michael Scott's man
The bells would ring in Notre Dame.

Sought meat and gat nané. • Tantamne rem tam negligenter?» says Tyrwhitt,

Immediately the good old woman, instead of pursuing of his predecessor Speight; who, in his commentary on

her domestic occupation, which was baking bread for Chaucer, had omitted, as trivial and fabulous, the story the reapers, began to dance round the fire, repeating of Wade and bis boat Guingelot, to the great prejudice the rhyme, and continued this exercise till her husband of posterity, the memory of the hero and the boat being sent the reapers to the house, one after another, to see now entirely lost. That future antiquaries may lay no

what had delayed their provisions; but the charm such omission to my charge, I have noted one or two caught each as they entered, and, losing all idea of reof the most current traditions concerning Michael turning, they joined in the dance and chorus. At Scott. He was chosen, it is said, to go upon an em

length the old man himself went to the house; but as bassy, to obtain from the King of France satisfaction his wife's frolic with Mr Michael, whom he had seen on for certain piracies committed by his subjects upon the hill, made him a little cautious, he contented himthose of Scotland. Instead of preparing a new equipage self with looking in at the window, and saw the reapers and splendid retinue, the ambassador retreated to his

at their involuntary exercise, dragging his wife, now study, opened his book, and evoked a fiend in the shape completely exhausted, sometimes round, and sometimes of a huge black horse, mounted upon his back, and through the fire, which was, as usual, in the midst of forced him to fly through the air towards France. As

the house. Instead of entering, he saddled a horse, rode they crossed the sea, the devil insidiously asked his rider, What it was that the old women of Scotland up the bill

, to humble himself before Michael, and beg

a cessation of the spell; which the good-natured warmuttered at bed-time? A less experienced wizard might lock immediately granted, directing him to enter the have answered, that it was the Pater Noster, which house backwards, and, with his left hand, take the spell would have licensed the devil to precipitate him from from above the door; which accordingly ended the his back. But Michael sternly replied, « What is that to thee? Mount, Diabolus, and fly!» When he arrived supernatural dance. This tale was told less particularly

in former editions, and I have been censured for inacat Paris, he tied his horse to the gate of the palace, en.

curacy in doing so.-A similar charm occurs in Huon tered, and boldly delivered his message. An ambassador,

du Bourdeaux, and in the ingenious Oriental tale called with so little of the pomp and circumstance of diplo- the Caliph Vathek. macy, was not received with much respect, and the

Notwithstanding his victory over the witch of Falseking was about to return a contemptuous refusal to hope, Michael Scott, like his predecessor Merlin, fell at his demand, when Michael besought him to suspend his

last a victim to female art. His wife, or concubine, resolution till he had seen his horse stamp three times. elicited from him the secret, that his art could ward The first stamp shook every steeple in Paris, and caused all the bells to ring; the second threw down three of made of the flesh of a breme sow.

any danger except the poisonous qualities of broth,

Such a mess she the towers of the palace; and the infernal steed had accordingly administered to the wizard, who died in lifted his hoof to give the third stamp, when the king consequence of eating it; surviving, however, long rather chose to dismiss Michael, with the most ample enough to put to death his treacherous confidant. concessions, than to stand to the probable consequences. Another time it is said, that, when residing at the tower

Note 14. Stanza xiii.

The words that cleft Eildon bills in three, of Oakwood, upon the Eurick, about three miles above Selkirk, he heard of the fame of a sorceress, called the witch of Falsehope, who lived on the opposite side of Michael Scott was, once upon a time, much emthe river. Michael went one morning to put her skill to barrassed by a spirit, for whom he was under the nethe test, but was disappointed, by her denying positively cessity of finding constant employment. He commanded any knowledge of the necromantic art. In his dis- him to build a cauld, or dam-head, across the Tweed at course with her, he laid his wand inadvertently on the Kelso; it was accomplished in one night, and still does table, which the hag observing, suddenly snatched it honour to the infernal architect. Michael next ordered, up, and struck him with it. Feeling the force of the that Eildon hills, which was then a uniform cone, charm, he rushed out of the house; but, as it had con- should be divided into three. Another night was sufferred on him the external appearance of a hare, his ficient to part its summit into the three picturesque


And bridled the Tweed with a curb of stone.

peaks which it now bears. At length the enchanter flails. « And then the emperour entered into the castle conquered this indefatigable demon, by employing him with all his folke, and sought all aboute in every corner in the hopeless and endless task of making ropes out of after Virgilius ; and at the last they soughte so long, that sea-sand.

they came into the seller, where they sawe the lampe Note 15. Stanza xvii.

hang over the barrell where Virgilius lay in deed. Tbat lamp skall burn unquenchably.

Then asked the emperor the man, who had made hym Baptista Porta, and other authors who treat of na- so herdy to put his mayster Virgilius so to dethe ; and tural magic, talk much of eternal lamps, pretended to the man answered no word to the emperour. And have been found burning in ancient sepulchres. For the emperour, with great anger, drewe out his sworde, tunius Licetus investigates the subject in a treatise, and slewe he there Virgilius' man. And when all this De Lucernis antiquorum reconditis, published at Ve- was done, then sawe the emperour, and all his folke, a nice, 1621. One of these perpetual lamps is said to naked childe iii tymes rennynge about the barrell, sayhave been discovered in the tomb of Tulliola, the inge these wordes, ‘Cursed be the tyme that ye ever daughter of Cicero. The wick was supposed to be com- came here!' And with those wordes vanyshed the posed of asbestos. Kircher enumerates three different chylde awaye, and was never sene ageyne; and thus receipts for constructing such lamps, and wisely con- abyd Virgilius in the barrell deed., Virgilius, bl. let. cludes, that the thing is nevertheless impossible.- Mun- printed at Antwerpe by John Doesborcke. This curious dus Subterraneus, p. 72. Delrio imputes the fabrica- volume is in the valuable library of Mr Douce; and is tion of such lights to magical skill. - Disquisitiones Ma- supposed to be a translation from the French, printed gice, p. 58. In a very rare romance, which « treateth in Flanders for the English market. See Goujet Biblioth. of the lyfe of Virgilius, and of his death, and many Franc. ix, 225. Catalogue de la Bibliothèque Nationale, marvayles that he dyd in his lyfe-time, by wychecrafte tom. II, p. 5. De Bure, No. 3857. and nygramancye, throughe the help of the devyls of

Note 16. Stanza xxi. hell,. mention is made of a very extraordinary process, in which one of these mystical lamps was employed.

He thought, as he took it, the dead man frown'd. It seems, that Virgil, as he advanced in years, became

William of Deloraine might be strengthened in this desirous of renovating his youth by his magical art. belief by the well-known story of the Cid Ruy Diaz. For this purpose he constructed a solitary tower, having When the body of that famous Christian champion was only one parrow portal, in which he placed twenty-four sitting in state by the high altar of the cathedral church copper figures, armed with iron flails, twelve on each of Toledo, where it remained for ten years, a certain side of the porch. These enchanted statues struck malicious Jew attempted to pull him by the beard; but with their flails incessantly, and rendered all entrance he had no sooner touched the formidable whiskers, impossible, unless when Virgil touched the spring which than the corpse started up, and half unsheathed his slopped their motion. To this tower he repaired pri- sword. The Israelite fled ; and so permanent was the vately, attended by one trusty servant, to whom he effect of his terror, that he became Christian.-Hercommunicated the secret of the entrance, and bither wood's Hierarchie, p. 480, quoted from Sebastian Cothey conveyed all the magician's treasure.

« Then barruvias Crozee. sayde Virgilius, my dere beloved friende, and he that I above alle men trust and kvowe mooste of my se

Note 17. Stanza xxxi. crete ;» and then he led the man into a cellar, where he made a fayer lamp at all seasons burnynge.

The idea of Lord Cranstoun's goblin-page is taken And then sayd Virgilius to the man, « Se you the from á being called Gilpin Horner, who appeared, and barrel that standeth here ?» and he said, Yea : « There

made some stay, at a farm-house near the Border in must you put me: fyrste ye must slee me, and hewe

mountains. A gentleman of that country has noted me smalle 10 pieces, and cut my hed in iiïi pieces, and

down the following particulars concerning his appearsalte the heed under in the bottom, and then the pieces there after, and my herte in the myddel, and then set

• The only certain, at least, most probable account, the barrel under the lampe, that nyghte and day the fat that ever I heard of Gilpin Horner, was from an old therein may droppe and leak; and ye shall ix dayes man of the name of Anderson, who was born, and lived long, ones in the day, fyll the lampe, and fayle nat.

all his life, at Todshaw-hill, in Eskdale-muir, the place And when this is all done, then shall I be renued, and where Gilpin appeared and staid for some time. He made younge agen.» At this extraordinary proposal, said there were two men, late in the evening, when it the confidant was sore abashed, and made some scruple was growing dark, employed in fastening the horses of obeying his master's commands. At length, how

upon the uttermost part of the ground (that is, tying ever, he complied, and Virgil was slain, pickled, and their fore-feet together, to binder them from travelling barrelled up, in all respects according to his own di- far in the night), when they heard a voice, at some rection. The servant then left the tower, taking care to distance, crying, " Tint! tint! tint!" · one of the men,

copper thrashers in motion at his departure. named Moffat, called out, “What de'il has tint you? He continued daily to visit the tower with the same

Come here.' Immediately a creature, of something precaution. Meanwhile, the emperor, with whom Virgil like a human form, appeared. It was surprisingly was a great favourite, missed him from the court, and little, distorted in features, and mis-shapen in limbs. demanded of his servant where he was. The domestic As soon as the two men could see it plainly, they ran pretended ignorance, till the emperor threatened him home in a great fright, imagining they had met with with death, when at length he conveyed him to the en

some goblin.


Moffat fell, and it ran over chanted tower. The same threat extorted a discovery of the mode of stopping the statues from wielding their | Tint signifies lost.

The baron's Dwarf his courser held.


put the

By the

him, and was home at the house as soon as either of repledged by the archbishop of Glasgow. The bail them, and staid there a long time; but I cannot say given by Robert Scott of Allenhaugh, Adam Scott of how long. It was real flesh and blood, and ate and Burnefute, Robert Scott in Howfurde, Walter Scott in drank, was fond of cream, and, when it could get at it, Todshawhough, Walter Scott younger of Synton, Thowould destroy a great deal. It seemed a mischievous mas Scott of Hayning, Robert Scott, William Scott, creature; and any of the children whom it could mas- and James 'Scott, brothers of the said Walter Scott, ter, it would beat and scratch without

mercy It was Walter Scott in the Woll, and Walter Scott, son of once abusing a child belonging to the same Moffat, who William Scott of Harden, and James Wemyss in Eckhad been so frightened by its first appearance; and he, ford, all accused of the same crime, is declared to be in a passion, struck it so violent a blow upon the side forfeited. On the same day, Walter Scott of Synton, of the head, that it tumbled upon the ground: but it and Walter Chisholme of Chisholme, and William Scott was not stunned; for it set up its head directly, and ex- of Harden, became bound, jointly and severally, that claimed, 'Ah hah, Will o' Moffat, you strike sair ! (viz. Sir Peter Cranstoun, and his kindred and servants, sore.) After it had staid there long, one evening, when should receive no injury from them in future. At the the women were milking the cows in the loan, it was

same time, Patrick Murray of Fallohill, Alexander playing among the children near by them, when sud- Stuart, uncle to the laird of Trakwhare, John Murray denly they heard a loud shrill voice cry, three times, of Newhall, John Fairlye, residing in Selkirk, George 'Gilpin Horner!

It started, and said, “That is me, I Tait younger of Pirn, John Pennycuke of Pennycuke, must away,' and instantly disappeared, and was never James Ramsay of Cokpen, the Laird of Fassyde, and the heard of more. Old Anderson did not remember it, but Laird of Henderstoune, were all sevcrally fined for not said he had often heard his father, and other old men in attending as jurors; being probably either in alliance the place, who were there at the time, speak about it; with the accused parties, or dreading their vengeance. and in my younger years I have often lieard it men- Upon the 20th of July following, Scott of Synton, tioned, and never met with any who had the remotest Cbisliolme of Chisholme, Scott of Harden, Scott of doubt as to the truth of the story; although, I must Howpaslie, Scott of Burnfute, with many others, are own, I cannot help thinking there must be some mis- ordered to appear at next calling, under the pains of representation in it.»— To this account I have to add treason. But no farther procedure seems to have taken the following particulars from the most respectable place. It is said, that, upon this rising, the kirk of authority. Besides constantly repeating the word tint! Saint Mary's was burned by the Scotts. tint! Gilpin Horner was often heard t® call upou Peter Bertram or Be-teram, as he pronounced the word: and when the shrill voice called Gilpin Horner, he immediately acknowledged it was the summons of the said

CANTO III. Peter Bertram ; who seems therefore to have been the devil who had tint, or lost, the little imp. As much has been objected to Gilpin Horner, on account of his

Note 1. Stanza iv. being supposed rather a device of the author than a

When, dancing in the sunny beam, popular superstition, I can only say, that no legend

He mark'd the crane on the baron's crest. which I ever heard seemed to be more universally cre

The crest of the Cranstouns, in allusion to their dited, and that many persons of a very good rank and considerable information are well known to repose ab-name, is a crane dormant, bolding a stone in his foot; solute faith in the tradition.

with an emphatic Border motto, Thou shalt want ere

I want.
Note 18. Stanza xxxiiic

Note 2. Stanza viii.

Much he marvell'd, a knight of pride,
But the Ladye of Brauksome gather'd a band,

Like a book-bosom'd priest should ride. « Upon the 25th June, 1557, Dame Janet Beautoune

« At Unthank, two miles N. E. from the church (of Lady Buccleuch, and a great number of the name of Ewes), there are the ruins of a chapel for divine service, Scott, delaitit (accused) for coming to the kirk of St in time of popery. There is a tradition, that friars Mary of the Lowes, to the number of two hundred

were wont to come from Melrose, or Jedburgh, to bap

persons bodin in feire of weire (arrayed in armour), and tize and marry in this parish; and, from being in use breaking open the doors of the said kirk, in order to

to carry the mass-book in their bosoms, they were

There is a apprehend the laird of Cranstoune for his destruction.» called, by the inhabitants, Book-a-bosomes. On the 20th July, a warrant from the queen

is man yet alive, who knew old men who had been bap

presented, discharging the justice to proceed against the tized by these Book-a-bosomes, and who says one of Lady Buccleuch while new calling. Abridgment of them, called Hair, used this parish for a very long Books of Adjournal in Advocates' Library. The fol- time.»Account of Parish of Ewes, apud MACFARLANE'S

MSS. lowing proceedings upon this case appear on the record

Note 3. Stanza ix. of the Court of Justiciary: On the 25th of June, 1557,

It had much of glamour might, Robert Scott, of Bowhill parislı, priest of the kirk of St Mary's, accused of the couvocation of the Queen's Glamour, in the legends of Scottish superstition, lieges, to the number of 200 persons, in warlike array, means the magic power of imposing on the eye-sight with jacks, helmets, and other weapons, and marching of the spectators, so that the appearance of an object to the chapel of St Mary of the Lowes, for the slaughter shall be totally different from the reality. The transof Sir Peter Cranstoun, out of ancient feud and mnalice formation of Michael Scott by the witch of Falsehope, prepense, and of breaking the doors of the said kirk, is already mentioned, was a genuine operation of Glamour.

Of the best that would ride at her command.

To a similar charm the ballad of Johnny Fa' imputes

He could wirk windaris, quhat way that he wald; the fascination of the lovely countess, who eloped with

Mak a gray gus a gold garland,

A lang spere of a biuile for a berne bald, that gypsey leader :

Nobilis of outschelles, and silver of sand.
Sae soon as they saw her weel-far'd face

Thus joukit with juxters the janglane ja,
They cast the glamour o'er her.

Fair ladyes in ringis,
It was formerly used even in war. In 1381, when

Knychtis in caralyngis, the Duke of Anjou lay before a strong castle, upon the

Baythe dansis and singis,

It semyt as sa. coast of Naples, a necromancer offered to make the ayre so thycke, that they within shall thynke that there

Note 4. Stanza x. is a great bridge on the see (by which the castle was

Now, if you ask wbo gave the stroke,

I cannot tell, so mot I thrive; surrounded), for ten men to go a front; and whan they within the castle se this bridge, they wil be so afrayde,

It was not given by man alive. that they shall yelde them to your mercy. The Duke Dr Henry More, in a letter prefixed to Glanville's Sademanded—Fayre master, on this bridge that ye speke ducismus Triumphatus, mentions a similar phenomenon. of, may our people go thereon assuredly to the castell, « I remember an old gentleman in the country,


my to assayle it?-Syr, quod the enchantour, I dare not acquaintance, an excellent justice of peace, and a piece assure you that; for if any that passeth on the bridge of a mathematician; but what kind of a philosopher he make the signe of the crosse on hym, all shall go to was, you may understand from a rhyme of his own nougbie, and they that be on the bridge shall fall into making, which he commended to me at my taking the see. Then the Duke began to laugh; and a certain horse in his yard, which rhyme is this : of young knightes, that were there present, said, Syr,

Ens is nothing till sense finds out; for godsake, let the mayster essay his cunning; we shal

Sense ends in notbing, so naught goes about. leve making of any signe of the crosse on us for that which rhyme of his was so rapturous to himself, that tyme.» The Earl of Savoy, shortly after, entered the on the reciting of the second verse, the old man turned tent, and recognized in the enchanter the same person bimself about upon his toe as nimbly as one may obwho had put the castle into the power of Sir Charles serve a dry leas whisked round in the corner of an orde la Payx, who then beld it, by persuading the garrison chard-walk by some little whirlwind.

With this phiof the Queen of Naples, through magical deception, losopher I have had many discourses concerning the that the sea was coming over the walls. The sage immortality of the soul and its distinction; when I have avowed the feat, and added, that he was the man in the run him quite down by reason, he would but laugh at world most dreaded by Sir Charles de la Payx. «By me, and say, this is logic, H. (calling me by my christian my fayth, quod the Erl of Savoy, ye say well; and i name); to which I replied, this is reason, father L. (for will that Syr Charles de la Payx shall know that he hath I used, and some others, to call him so); but it seems greť wronge to fear you. But I shall assure him of you are for the new lights, and immediate inspiration, you;


ye shall never do enchauntment to deceyve which I confess he was as little for as for the oiher; him, nor yet none other. I wolde nat that in tyme to

but I said so only in way of drollery to him in those come we shulde be reproached that in so high an times, but truth is, nothing but palpable experience enterprise as we be in, wherein there be so many noble would move him; and being a bold man, and fearing knychtes and squyres assembled, that we shulde do any nothing, he told me he had used all the magical cerethyng be enchauptment, nor that we shulde wyn our

monies of conjuration he could, to raise the devil or a enemys by suche crafte. Then he called to him a ser- spirit, and had a most earnest desire to meet with one, vauns, and sayd, go and get a hangman, and let him but never could do it. But this he told me, when he stryke of this mayster's beed without delay; and as

did not so much as think of it, while his servant was sone as the Erl had commaunded it, incontynent it pulling off his boots in the hall, some invisible hand was done, for his heed was stryken off before the Erle's gave him such a clap upon the back, that it made all tent. -- FROSSART, vol. I, ch. 391, 392.

ring again: so, thought he now, I am invited to the conThe art of glamour, or other fascination, was anciently verse of my spirit, and therefore, so soon as his boots a principal part of the skill of the jongleur, or juggler, were off, and his shoes on, out he goes into the yard whose tricks formed much of the amusement of a Go- and next field, to find out the spirit that had given him thic castle. Some instances of this art may be found this familiar clap on the back, but found none neither in the Minstrelsy of the Scottish Border, vol. III, p. 119. in the yard nor field next to it. In a strange allegorical poem, called the Houlat, writ- « But though he did not feel this stroke, albeit he ten by a dependent of the house of Douglas, about thought it afterwards (finding nothing come of it) a 1452-3, the jay, in an assembly of birds, plays the part mere delusion; yet not long before his death, it had of the juggler. His feats of glamour are thus described :

more force with him than all the philosophical arguHe gart them see, as it semyt, in samyn hour,

ments I could use to him, though I could wind him and Huntiog at berdis in bollis so bair;

non-plus him as ! pleased; but yet all my arguments, Same sailand on the see schippis of toure,

how solid soever, made no impression upon him; Bernis battaljand on burd brim as a bare;

wherefore, after several reasonings of this nature, whereHe coulde carye the coup of the kingis des, Syne leve in the stede,

by I would prove to him the soul's distinction from the Bot a black bunwede;

body, and its immortality, when nothing of such subtle

considerations did any more execution on his mind Make a man mes.

than some lightning is said to do, though it melts the He gart the emproure trow, and trewlye behald,

sword, on the fuzzy consistency of the scabbard That the corncraik, the pundare at band, Had poyndit all his pris bors in a poynd fald,

Well, said I, father L., though none of these things move Because thai ete of the corn in the kirkland.

you, I have sornething still behind, and what yourself


He could of a benis bede,

has acknowledged to me to be true, that may do the lyslie knightes and squyers were ryghte sore displeased, business :-Do you remember the clap on your back and sayde how it was a foule stroke. Syr Wyllyam when your servant was pulling off your boots in the Fermelone excused himselfe, and sayde how he was sorie hall ? Assure yourself, said I, father L., that goblin will of that adventure, and howe that yf he had knowen be the first that will bid you welcome into the other that it shulde have bene so, he wold never have begon world. Upon that his countenance changed most sen- it; sayenge how he could nat amende it, by cause of sibly, and he was more confounded with this rubbing glaunsing of his fole by constraynt of the great stroke up his memory, than with all the rational or philoso- that Syr Johan of the Castell-Morante had given him.» phical argumentations that I could produce.»

Ibid. ch. 573.
Note 5. Stanza xiii.

Note 7. Stanza xxiii.
The running stream dissolved the spell.

And with a charm she staunch'd the blood. It is a firm article of popular faith, that no enchant- See several charms for this purpose in Reginald Scott's ment can subsist in a running stream. Nay, if you can Discovery of Witchcraft, p. 373. interpose a brook betwixt you and witches, spectres,

Tom Potts was but a serving man, or even fiends, you are safe. Burus's inimitable Tam

But yet he was a doctor good;
Shanter, turns entirely upon such a circumstance. He bound his handkerchief on the wound,
The belief seems to be of antiquity. Brompton informs

And with some kind of words he staunched the blood. us, that certain Irish wizards could, by spells, convert

Pieces of Ancient Popular Poetry, Lond. 1791, p. 131. earthen clods, or stones, into fat pigs, which they sold

Note 8. Stanza xxiii. in the market; but which always reassumed their pro

But she bas ta'en the broken lance, per form, when driven by the deceived purchasers across

And wash'd it from the clotted gore, a running stream. But Brompton is severe on the Irishi,

And salved the splinter o'er and o'er. for a very good reason, « Gens ista spurcissima non Sir Kenelm Dighy, in a discourse upon the cure by. solvunt decimas. » Chronicon Johannis Brompton apud sympathy, pronounced at Montpellier, before an asdecem Scriptores, p. 1076.

sembly of nobles and learned men, translated into EngNote 6. Stanza xvii.

lish by R. White, gentleman, and published in 1658, Ilis buckler scarce in breadth a span,

gives us the following curious surgical case : No larger fence had be ;

Mr James flowel (well known in France for his pubHe never counted him a man

lic works, and particularly for his Dendrologie, transWould strike below the knee.

lated into French by Mons. Baudouin) coming by chance, Imitated from Drayton's account of Robin Hood and as two of his best friends were fighting in duel, he did his followers:

his endeavour to part them; and, putting himselfe beA hundred valiant men had this brave Robin Hood,

tween them, seized, with his left hand, upon the hilt of Still ready at his call, that bowmen were right good ;

the sword of one of the combatants, while, with his All clad in Lincoln green, with caps of red and blue,

right liand, he laid hold of the blade of the other. They, His fellow's winded horn not one of them but knew.

being transported with fury, one against the other, When setting to their lips their bugles shrill, The warbling echoes waked from every dale and hill,

struggled to rid themselves of the bindrance their friend Their bauldrics set with studs athwart their shoulders cast,

made, that they should not kill one another; and one To which under their arms their sheafs were buckled fast, of them, roughly drawing the blade of his sword, cuts A short sword at their belt, a bnckler scarce a span,

to the very bone the nerves and muscles of Mr Howel's Who struck below the knee not counted then a man.

hand; and then the other disengaged his hilts, and gave All made of Spanish yew, their bows were wondrous strong, Thy not an arrow drew but was a clotli-yard long.

a crosse blow on his adversarie's head, which glanced toOf archery they had the very perfect craft,

wards his friend, who heaving up his sore hand to save With broad arrow, or but, or prick, or roving shaft.

the blow, he was wounded on the back of his hand as To wound an antagonist in the thigh, or leg, was

he had been before within. It seems some strange conreckoned contrary to the law of arms.

In a tilt be- stellation reigned then against him, that he should lose twixt Gawin Michael, an English squire, and Joachim so much bloud by parting two such dear friends, who, Cathroe, a Frenchman, « they met at the speare poynts had they been themselves, would have hazarded both rudely; the French squyer justed right pleasantly; the their lives to have preserved his : but this involuntary Englyshiman ran too lowe, for he strak the Frenchman effusion of bloud by them, prevented that which they depe into the thygh. Wherewith the Erle of Bucking- sholde have drawn one from the other. For they, seeham was right sore displeased; and so were all the other ing Mr Howel's face besmeared with bloud, by heaving lordes, and sayde how it was shamefully done., Frois-up his wounded hand, they both ran to embrace him ; SART, vol. I, ch. 366.-Upon a similar occasion, « the and, having searched his hurts, they bound


his hand two knyghts came a fote eche against other rudely, with one of his garters, to close the veins which were with their speares low couched, to stryke eche other cut and bled abundantly. They brought him home, within the foure quarters. Johan of Castell-Morante and ent for a surgeon. But this being heard at court, strake the Englysh squyer on the brest in such wyse, the king sent one of his own surgeons; for his majesty that Syr Wyllyam Fermelon stombled and bowed, for much affected the said Mr Howel. his fote a lyttel fayled him. He helde his speare lowe « It was my chance to be lodged hard by him; and with bothe his handes, and could nat amende it, and four or five days after, as I was making myself ready, strake Sir Johan of the Castell-Morante in the thyghe, he came to my house, and prayed me to view his wounds; so that the speare went clene throughe, that the heed 'for I understand,' said he that you have extraordiwas sene a handfull on the other syde. And Syre Johannary remedies on such occasions, and my surgeons apwith the stroke reled, but he fell nat. Than the Eng- prehend some fear that it may grow to a gangrene, and

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