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THE OUTLAW MURRAY. 23
Word is gane to our nobil King,
In Edinburgh where that he lay, That there was an Outlaw in Ettricke Foreste,
Counted him nought, nor a' his courtrie gay. a)
" I make a vowe," then the gude King said, " Unto the man that deir bought me,
I'se either be King of Ettricke Foreste,
Or King of Scotlande that Outlaw sail be ! "
Then spake the lord hight Hamilton, 23
And to the nobil King said he, " My sovereign prince, sum counsell take,
First at your nobilis, syne at me.
" I redd ye, send yon braw Outlaw till,
And see gif your man cum will he : 30
Desyre him cum and be your man, And hald of you yon Foreste frie.
" Gif he refuses to do that,
"We'll conquess baith his landis and he ! Or else, we'll throw his castell down, as
And make a widowe o' his gaye ladye."
The King then call'd a gentleman, [was he) ; James Boyd (the Earle of Arran his brother
38. Thomas Boyd, Earl of Arran, was forfeited, with his father and unele, in 1469, for an attempt on the person of James III. He had a son, James, who was restored, and in %yor with James IV. about 1482. If this be the person here