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THE OUTLAW HURRAY. 33
Ye maun gae to yon Outlaw Murray, Surely where bauldly bideth he.
"Bid him mete me at Permanscore, 28«
And-bring four in his cumpanie ; Five erles sail cum wi' mysell,
Gude reason I suld honour'd be.
"And gif he refuses to do that,
Bid him luke for nae good o' me! 240
There sail nevir a Murray, after him,
Have land in Ettricke Foreste free."
James cam before the Outlaw kene, And served him in his ain degre1—
" "Welcum, James Pringle of Torsonse ! 2«
What message frae the King to me ? "
" He bids ye meet him at Permanscore, And bring four in your cumpany ;
247. Permanscore is a very remarkable hollow on the top of a high ridge of hills, dividing the vales of Tweed and Yarrow, a little to the eastward of Minch-moor. It is the outermost point of the lands of Broadmeadows. The Glen-riddel MS., which, in this instance, is extremely inaccurate as to names, calls the place of rendezvous, "The Poor Man's Souse," and hints that the Outlaw was surprised by the treachery of the King:—
" Then he was aware of the King's coming,
With hundreds three in company, ' I wot the muckle deel ***** VOL. VI. 3