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30 THE HUNTING OP THE CHEVIOT.
Then the Perse owt of Banborowe cam,
With him a myghtee meany ; With fifteen hondrith archares bold off blood and bone,
The wear chosen owt of shyars thre.
This begane on a Monday at morn, n
In Cheviat the hillys so he ; The chyld may rue that ys un-born,
It was the mor pitte.
The dryvars throrowe the woodes went,
For to reas the dear ; 20
Bomen byckarte.uppone the bent With ther browd aras cleare.
Then the wyld thorowe the woodes went,
On every syde shear ; Grea-hondes thorowe the grevis glent, a
For to kyll thear dear.
The begane in Chyviat the hyls above, Terly on a Monnyn day ;
11. The the. 13. archardes.
14. By these shyars thre is probably meant three districts in Northnmberland, which still go by the name of shires, and are all in the neighbourhood of Cheviot. These are Island-shire, being the district so named from Holy-Island: Nore-hamshire, so called from the town and castle of Noreham (or Norham): and Bamboroughshire, the ward or hundred belonging to Bamborough-castle and town.—Percy.