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DURHAM FIELD
XXIV
i But take thee North Wales and Weschester,
The countrye all round about, And rewarded thou shalt bee,
Of that take thou noe doubt.'
xxv Five score knights he made on a day,
And dubb'd them with his hands; Rewarded them right worthilye
With the townes in merry England.
XXVI
And when the fresh knights they were made, To battell they buske them bowne ;
James Douglas he went before,
And he thought to have wonnen him shoone.
XXVII
But they were mett in a morning of May With the comminaltye of litle England ;
But there scaped never a man away, Through the might of Christes hand.
XXVIII
But all onely James Douglas;
In Durham in the ffeild An arrow stroke him in the thye ;
Fast flinges he towards the King.
XXIX
The King looked toward litle Durham,
Saies, ' All things is not weel ! For James Douglas beares an arrow in his thye,
The head of it is of Steele.
buske] addressed.              bowne] ready.
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