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v Then spake a berne upon the bent,
Of comfort that was not cold, And said, ' We have brent Northumberland,
We have all wealth in hold.
' Now we have harryed all Bamborowe shire, All the wealth in the world have we :
I rede we ryde to Newcastell So still and stalworthlye.,
Upon the morrow, when it was day,
The standards shone full bright; To Newcastell they took the way,
And thither they came full right.
To Newcastell when that they came,
The Douglas cry'd on hyght: ' Harry Percy, an thou bidest within,
Come to the field, and fight! —
'For we have brent Northumberland,
Thy herytage good and right; And syne my lodging I have ta'en,
With my brand dubb'd many a knight.'
Sir Harry Percy came to the walls
The Scottish host for to see, Sayd, ' An thou hast brent Northumberland,
Full sore it rueth me.
berne] fighting-man. bent] coarse grass. rede] counsel. 652
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