Child's, The English And Scottish Ballads

Volume 7 of 8 from 1860 edition - online book

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THE BATTLE OF BALRINNES.              225
First lat the gunes befoir us goe,
That they may break the order: Quoth both the lordis, " Lat it be so,                     175
Or euer we goe forder."
Then Androw Gray, upone ane horss,
Betuixt the battillis red; Makand the signe of holy cross,
In manus tuas he said.                                             iso
He lighted thair [the] gunes to led,
Quhill they cam to the rest; Then Capitane Ker unto him sped,
And bad him shuit in haist.
"I will not [shuit]," quothe Androw Gray, iw " Quhill they cum over zonder hill;
We have an ower guid caus this dey, Through misgydins to spill.
Goe back, and bid our men byd still,
Quhill they cum to the plaine;                             190
Then sail my shuitting doe them ill, , I will not shuit in vaine."
" Shuit up, shuit up," quothe Capitane Ker,
" Shuit up, to our comfort!" The firsten shot [it] was to neir,                               195
It lighted all to schort. The nixtin shot thair foes hurt,
It lighted wounderous weill: Quoth Androw Gray, " I sie ane sport,
Quhen they began to reill.                                     200
180. mannis.                                         187. then ower.;:
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