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THE BATTLE OF BALRINKES. 223
Besyd that castell, on a croft,
They stended pallionis ther; Then spak a man that had bein oft
In jeopardie of warr: " My lord, zour foes they ar to fear, 12s
Thoughe we war neuir so stoute; Thairfoir comand some man of warre
To watche the rest about."
Be this was done, some gentillmen
Of noble kin and blood, iso
To counsell with thir lordis begane,
Of matteris to concluide: For weill aneughe they understood
The matter was of weght, They had so manie men of good is
In battell for to fight.
The firstin man in counsall spak,
Good Errol it was he ; Who sayis, " I will the vaneguard tack,
And leiding upone me. !*)
My Lord Huntlie, come succour me,
When ze sie me opprest; For fra the feild I will not flie
So long as I may last."
Thair at some Gordones waxed wraithe, i«
And said he did them wrong; To lat this lord then they warre leath
First to [the] battell gange. The meiting that was them amonge,
149. This line seems to be corrupted.