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THE BATTLE OF HAELAW.
These with the Earle of Marr came on,
In the reir-ward richt Qrderlie, Thair enemies to sett upon;
In awfull manner hardily,
Togither vowit to live and die, 12s
Since they had marchit mony mylis,
For to suppress the tyrannie Of douted Donald of the Yles.
But he in number ten to ane,
Richt subtile alang did ryde, 130
With Malcomtosch and fell Maclean,
With all thair power at thair syde;
Presumeand on thair strenth and pryde, Without all feir or ony aw,
Richt bauldie battill did abyde, iss
Hard by the town of fair IJarlaw.
The armies met, the trumpet sounds, The dandring drums alloud did touk,
Baith armies byding on the bounds,
Till ane of them the feild sould bruit. no
Nae help was thairfor, nane wald jouk,
Perss was the fecht on ilka syde, And on the ground lay mony a bouk
Of them that thair did battill byd.
With doutsum victorie they dealt, us
The bludy battil lastit lang;
Each man his nibours forss thair felt, The weakest aft-tymes gat the wrang: Thair was nae mowis thair them amang,
Naithing was hard but heavy knocks, i»