Child's, The English And Scottish Ballads

Volume 7 of 8 from 1860 edition - online book

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THE BATTLE OF BALRINNES.             229
Lyk hartes, up howes and hillis thei ranne,
Quhair horsmen might not winn:                         290
" Reteir againe," quoth Huntlie then,
" Quhair we did first begin. Heir lyes manie carved skinnes,
With manie ane bloodie beard, For anie helpe, with litell dinne,                                295
Sail rotte aboue the eard."
When they cam to the hill againe,
The sett doune one thair knees, Syne thanked God that they had slaine
Soe manie enimies.                                                      wo
They ros befor Argylles eyis,
Maid Capitane Ker ane knight; Syne bed among the dead bodies,
Whill they war out of sight.
This deid so doughtilie was done,
As I hard trewe men tell, Upone ane Thursday afternoone,
St. Franecis ewill befell.
305-12. Now I have you already tauld,                               so§
Huntly and Errol's men Could scarce be thirteen hundred called,
The truth if ye would ken. And yet Argyle his thousands ten
Were they that took the race,                             sio
And tho that they were nine to ane, They caused [them] take the chace. 308. he. 309. has. 324. should be eve, or vigil.

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