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224 THE BATTLE OF BALRINNES.
Was no man that it hard, ia>
Bot Huntlie, with ane troupe full stronge, Bed into the reir guarde.
Thir wer the number of thair force
Thir lordis to battell led: Ane thousand gentillmen on horss, 155
And some fotemen they had; Thrie hundreth that schot arrowes bred,
Four scoir that hagbutis bore: Thir war the number that they had
Of footmen with them suire. wo
This worthy chevalrie
All merchand to the field; Argyll, with ane great armie,
Upone ane hill had tane beild, Aboyding them [with] speare and scheild, iss
With bullettis, dartis, and bowes; The men could weill thair wapones weild;
To meit them was no mowes.
When they so near uther war come,
That ilk man saw his foe, uo
" Goe to, and assay the gaime," said some ; Bot Capitane Ker said, " No:
161. Some words are lost.
Thus with their noble cavalry They marched to the field.
165. speares and scheildis. 16F. weild thair wapones weill.