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380 KING MALCOLM AND SIK COLVIN.
Then by the twinkling of an e'e is
He spied an armed knight; A fair lady bearing his brand,
Wi' torches burning bright.
Then he cried high, aa he came nigh, " Coward, thief, I bid you flee! «o
There is not ane comes to this hill, But must engage wi' me.
" Te'll best take road before I come,
And best take foot and flee; Here is a sword baith sharp and broad, &5
Will quarter you in three."
Sir Colvin said, " I'm not afraid
Of any here I see ; You hae not ta'en your God before ;
Less dread hae I o' thee." so
Sir Colvin then he drew his sword,
His foe he drew his brand ; And they fought there on Elrick's hill
Till they were bluidy men.
The first an' stroke the knight he strake, w
Gae Colvin a slight wound ; The next an' stroke Lord Colvin strake,
Brought's foe unto the ground.
" I yield, I yield," the knight he said, " I fairly yield to thee ; ro
Nae ane came e'er to Elrick-hill E'er gain'd such victorie.