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120 THE WIF OP AUCHTIRMTJCHTT.
The twa gaislingis the gled had left,
That straik dang baith thair harnis out »
[He gat his foot upon the spyre,
To have gotten the flesche doune to the pat; He fell backward into the fyre,
And brack his head on the kerning stock. Yit he gat the'mekle pat upon the fyre, m
And gat twa Cannes, and ran to the spout; Er he came in, quhat thought ye of that ?
The fyre brunt aw the pat-a... out.]
Than he beur kendling to the kill,
But scho start all up in ane low; ^
Quhat evir he hard, quhat evir he saw,
That day he had na will to mow. Then he yeid to tak up the bairnis,
Thocht to haif fund thame fair and clene ; The first that he gat in his armis ss
Was all bedirtin to the ene.
The first that he gat in his armis,
It was all dirt up to the eine ; " The devill cut of thair handes," quoth he,
" That fild you all sa fow this strene." 100 He trailit foull scheitis doun the gait,
81-88. This stanza, which does not occur in the Bannatyne MS., or in the ordinary printed copies, is given by Laing from a MS. " written in a hand not much later than the year 1600."