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" Yield thee, Lord Piercy," Douglas said;
" In faith I will thee bring, i»
Where thou shalt high advanced be
By James, our Scottish king.
" Thy ransom I will freely give,
And thus report of thee, Thou art the most couragious knight iw
That ever I did see.
" No, Douglas," quoth Earl Piercy then,
" Thy proffer I do scorn ; I will not yield to any Scot
That ever yet was born." ■*>
With that, there came an arrow keen
Out of an English bow, Which struck Earl Douglas to the heart,
A deep and deadly blow :
Who never spoke more words than these, i«
" Fight on, my merry men all; For why, my life is at an end,
Lord Piercy sees my fall."
Then leaving life, Earl Piercy took
The dead man by the hand; iso
And said, " Earl Douglas, for thy life Would I had lost my land !
137. To. VOL. VII. 4