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A Selection Of The Best English Lyric Ballads Chosen & Edited by Arthur Quiller-Couch

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THE BATTLE OF OTTERBURN
LXV
As soon as he knew Montgomery,
He stuck his sword's point in ground ;
The Montgomery was a courteous knight, And quickly took him by the hand.
LXVI
There was slayne upon the Scottes' side,
For sooth and certaynlye, Sir James a Douglas there was slayne,
That day that he cou'd dye.
LXVII
The Earl of Menteith he was slayne, And gryselye groan'd on the groun';
Sii Davy Scott, Sir Walter Steward, Sir John of Agerstone.
LXVIII
Sir Charles Murray in that place
That never a foot would flee; Sir Hew Maxwell, a lord he was,
With the Douglas did he dee.
LXIX
There was slayne upon the Scottes' side
For sooth as I you say, Of four and fifty thousand Scottes
Went but eighteen away.
LXX
There was slayne upon the English side
For sooth and certaynlye, A gentle Knight, Sir John Fitzhughe,
It was the more pitye.
gryselye] in a grisly manner, terribly. 662
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