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THE BATTLE OF OTTERBURN
XXIII
' Was I not yesterday at Newcastell
That stands so fair on Tyne ? For all the men the Percy had
He could not gar me to dine.'
XXIV
He stepp'd out at his pavilion-door
To look an it were lease : Array you, lordings, one and all!
For here begins no peace.
xxv ' The Earl of Menteith, thou art my erne,
The vaward I give to thee: The Earl of Huntley, cante and keen,
Take him to go with thee, xxvi ' The Lord of Buchan, in armure bright,
On the other side he shall be; Lord Johnstone and Lord Maxwell
They two shall go with me.
XXVII
' Swynton, fair fall upon your pride!
To battle make you bowne. Sir Davy Scott, Sir Walter Steward,
Sir John of Agerstone !'
XXVIII
The Percy came before his host,
He was ever a gentil knight: Upon the Douglas loud can he cry
' I will hold that I have hyght.'
gar me to dine] give me my fill, entertain me (at fighting), lease] leasing, falsehood.        erne] uncle. vaward] vanguard,
cante] spirited.         bowne] ready.        that I have hyght] what
I have promised.
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