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may hear.

say, ashore.

of a molde." Coin of one Mought. Might. “He no wist to Rathely, Speedily, from Rewihe. Pity. “Rewthe mow sort.

what he mought." He knew RATAINGA, Sax. subito. ye here." A pitiful case ye Mone. Money.

not what he might or oughl | Raft. Berest, robbed. Monestow. Must thou. In Scot to do.

Rake. Reach. " This wil the Reve.

To rob. tish, maunst thou.

Mot. A note upon the bugle. torn tow rake." Matters will Reved. Robbed.
Most. Must.
Moten. Musten, must.

tuke this turn, p. 364. Richelich. Richly.
Rathe. Ready.

Riis. Rise.
N.

Rathé, rathely. Quickly. Rike. Rich.

Raught, reuzt. Reached, gave. Riven. cleft.
Nan. None.
Nevon. Nephew.
Raundoun. Impetus.

Rive. The sea-shore, from
Nam. Name.
Nexst. Nexi.

Raunsoun. Ransom, tribute. RIPA, Lat. Nas, ne was. Was not. Nighen. Nine.

Rawe. Row.

Rive, p. 341. To arrive. Naru. Narrow. Nil, ne wil. Will not. Recure. Cure.

Rode. Rood, an appropriate Naught les. Nought less. An Nisten, ne wisten. Did not Redyii. Readily.

expression for the cross. expletive. know.

Rede. Advice. Rede means Romaunce means, properly, Neighe. Nigh. Noither. Neither.

resolution, in p. 333.

a narration in the ancient Nek. Neck. Nold, ne wold. Would not. Rede. Read.

French language, called Nende. An end. Nou. Now. Nou are. Now Reles. Release.

ROMANZ, from its affinity Ner, ne were. Were not. erst, or first.

Renoun. Renown.

to the Latin. Ner. Near.

Reped. Did excite, from RE- Rote. Root.

PEAN, Sax. Agiture. “Re- Rote. An instrument of mu0.

ped him many a res." Ex sic. See note, p. 390.

cited many an attack against Roune. Properly to whisper, 0, an. One. Ore. A word of uncertain de

him.

but signifies, in an enlarged Obade. To abide.

rivation, and various applica. Repaire. A hunting phrase. sense, speech in general. Ofeld. off field.

tion. Tyrwhilt explains it as
Res. Assault.

" Rade in ruune." Tell in of londe. On land, or, as we meaning grace, favour, pro

How Gamelin and Adam had tale. “Rade the rizt roune." tection. See a note upon this

ydon a sori res.

Used the appropriate phrase. of-take. Overtake. phrase, Ritson's Metrical

Boundin and woundin many P. 334, Roun means to sumOgain. Against. Romances, vol. iii. p. 263.

men

mon privately. Olive. offlife. To bring olive. Our, p. 363. Abridged from

Against the Kingis pece. Rought, or raught. Cared for, To lake from life, lo slay. Outher, either.

Tale of Gamelyn, line 1080. “No rought of his fare.' Olive. Alive, lively. Oway. Away. Resoun. Reason.

Recked not his situation.
Olond. On shore.
Owhen. Own,

Rewe. Rowed, or did row. Rowe. Rough.
On One.
Ouer. Over.

Rewed. Was sorry, repented. Rowe, on rowe. In rank. Onan. Anon.

Oule. Owl. Onblithe. Unblithe, not glad, Ous. Us.

S. or displeased.

Oyain, oyaines. Against. Onride. See UNRIDE.

Sa. So.

brede schare." As he was at P.

Sadel. Saddle.

dinner. Sain. Sun.

Scheld, schelde. Shield. Panes, pans, penis. Pennies. from their round shape, and Sain. To say, an expletive. Schene. Bright. Obliquely for wealth. their being sound in pools.

Sake. Guilt. “ orsake he Schende. Schent, disgraced. prince proud in pan;' as Prey. Pray.

make me free, p. 354. That Schent. Disgraced, or spoiled. wealthy as a prince. Presant. Present.

he declare me free of guilt, Scheres. Doth cul, carve. Paviliouns. Pavilions. Prest, PRESTO, quickly.

or, rather, accusation, from Schewe. Show. Pes. Peace, repose. The King's Preyed. Prayed.

Sax. lis vel objurgium, a very Schille. Shrill. peace is alluded to, p. 353. Priis, p. 361. The note blown ancient word in the northern Schip fare. Voyage. Pece. Piece. at the death of the staj.

languages. Sackless, or sake- Scholders. Shoulders. Piche. Pitch.

Priis, prize. Price, value, or less, is Scottish for innocent. Schone. Shoes. Pelte. To put in. merit.

See also p. 355.

Schope. Shaped, disguised. Pended. Belonged to.

Prise, pres. Encounter. San Schewe. An expletive, Schorn. Shorn, cut out. Pine, pin. Pain, constraint. “ Proud in pres." Bold in signifying not apparently, in Schorteliche. Shortly. Pizt, pight. Thrust. battle.

reality.

Schour, schowr. Shower. Plawe, in plawe. Flatly, from Prout. Proud.

Sand. Sound. A licentious Schul. Shall. Plat, Fr.

Pride, p. 318. Obliquely used spelling for the rhyme's sake. Sclander. slander. Points, p. 345. Points of play. for splendid appointments.

Sare. Sore.

Scrite, in scrile, IN SCRIPTO, in Pouer. Poor. Privé. Privy.

Sat, from SÆTINGA, insidiæ. writing. Polk. A pool. In Scotland, Privie. Privily.

“Ysain we nought no sal." Seighe. Saw. tadpoles are called powheads,

We have not discovered an Seistow. Sayest thou.
ambush.

Seilli. Silly.
Saughten. To make an agree- Selly, Sellike, Teut. SELIG.

ment. Saughte. Reconciled Fortunate, divine.
Quath. Quoth.
mation in some phrases, as or agreed.

Semblaunt, p. 353. Their semQuik. Quick, alive. “As quick burning alive, for burning Saun fayle. Without fail. blance, or mode of behathey wald him sle." They to death.

Say. To say, expletive, that viour. would kill him alive. We Quite. Requite.

Semed to. Beseemed. retain this awkward confor- Quite, p. 363. Quit.

Say. To essay, or try. The Semnly. Seemly.

cutting up a stag to see how Sen, See. “Sen on bim." Look R.

fat he is, is called making the on him.
say.

Sene, y-sene. Well-seen, conRaches. Properly a grey- Rade, on rade. On rode. Of Sayn, p. 360. Seen.

spicuous. hound bitch, from Racus. rade. of rode, from jour Schadowe. Shartow.

Sett. Ruled, as in p. 340. “Tvo Sax. but signifying often a ney.

Schemliche. shamefully.

yere he sett that land." It greyhound in general, Radde. Did rede, advised. Schamly. Shamefully.

is perhaps derived from Rade. Rode.

Raf, in ras, p. 335, equivalent Schare. Cut. "As Morgan his SAUGOTEN, to pul to accord,

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or from SÆur, Swed. Modus. Spelle. Speech.

not dare (be able) to go far. Tine. Lose. Islandic. TYNE. The constitution of a Scottish Spille. To consume, or be con The. Thee.

Perdo. borough is still called its seit. sumed. Teut. SPILLEN. It The.

To thrive.

Tint. Lost. Seuen. Seven. is now applied only to liquids, Thei. Though.

Tite. Tilly. Speedily. Tot. Seyling. Sailing.

corn, orwbatever is destroyed Thede, apparently a contraction Fr. Serjant. Servant of the crown. by dispersion.

for they gede.

To. Two.
Serjaunce. Service.
Spilden. Destroyed.
Thenke. Think.

To. To take. p. 361. To lake
Se. Sea.
Spon. A shaving of wood. Thenketh. Thinketh.

off. Se. To see.

“ Linden spon." Shavings There, used for where, passim. Tok. Took. Ses. Sees.

of the linden tree.
Therefor. For that.

Token. Took.
Sete. Sit.
Spoc. Spoke.
Thertil. Thereto.

Ton. Taken.
Seth then, sith then. Since Spourge. To purge, cleanse Thi. The.

Toug. Tongue.
then.
by ordeal.
Tho. They or those.

Too. Two.
Seylden. Sailed.
Sprong. Sprung.

Tho. Then, and sometimes Torn. Turn.
Seyls. Sails.
Stalked. To go cautiously, as then when.

Toun. Town. " In toun" is Seyt, man seyt. People say. to surprise some kinds of Thole. Endure, suffer. often used as an expletive. Sibbe. Relation.

game.

Thore, p. 334. There. A licen- Tour. Tour, p. 332. Sickerly. Surely.

Stalworth. Strong and brave. tious spelling adopted rythmi was he in tour." Best in the Sigge, segge. Say. Sax. SPAL-FBRBTH. Forlis.

gratia.

castle, or palace.
Siker. Sure.
Stan. Stone.
Threste. Thrust.

Tow. Thou.
Sikelh. Sigheth.
Stat. State.

Thrift. Industry, labour. Trad. Trod, did tread.
Sindred. Sundered.
Stede. A port, or generally, a Thritti. Thirty.

Travail. Labour.
Site. Sighed.

place.

Thring. Thrust. Sax. TÄRIN- Tre. Tree. Silh. Time. Fele sith. Osen. Stede. A steed.

GEN.

Treasoun. Treason Sive, p. 532. A sieve; not Stef. stiff, firm.

Thro, equivalent to thra, sig- Tresow. Treasure. whal is now so called, but Slut. Staggered; hence stut nifying courageous,

from Trewes. Truce. an implement of the same ter, though now limited to

TARAB, Sax. brure. It is Truage. Homage, or tribule, shape, used in winnowing the voice. Steiter, in Scot spelled thra, p. 338.

Truwe. True. corn. The bottom is covered tish, till signifies to stagger. Thurch. Through.

Tua. Two. with skin. In Scotland it is Steke. Y-steke. stabbed.

Thye. Thrice.

Tuenti. Twenty. called a weight, and some Stere. Steer, manage.

Tidde. Betided, or happened. Tuight. Twitched. "of tvight," times a sieve, the proper Sterveth. Dieth.

Til. Until.

Torn off sieve being termed a riddle. Steven. Hour or time.

Tight. Tied.

Tviis. Twice. Such a light and broad sub- Stird. Bestirred. stance might prevent the feet Stirt. Started.

U. from sinking in snow. Stithe. stiff, stout, applied, Sket, skele. In haste. Sax. p. 334, to diligent altention. Vair. A sur supposed the skin Unrede, unride. Unrighteous. SCYTAN, irruere.

Slive. To stave or push with of the Hungarian squirrel. Unselde. Not seldom. Oft and Sla. slay.

poles.

Unblithe. Void of joy, so

sorrow unselde : a pleonasm. Slaw. Slew, or slain. Stodieth. Studieth.

ful.

Unsete. Unsofl. From Teut. Sle. Slay. Ston. Stone, Uncouthe. Unknown.

SACRT, mollis Sleighe, sieiye. Prudent, wise; Slond. Stand.

Under hand. We now say, on Unsounde. Not sound, woundhence the modern sly. Stouer. Store, provisions.

hand.

ed. Slo. Slay. Stound. Time, properly, an

Understand. “ To don him to Untroweand. Faithless, trothSlough. Slew. hour. On stounde, or that

understand." To serve as his breaking. Smare. Smartly. stounde. At that time, an support.

Ure. In ure; an expletive. At Snewe. Snow.

expletive.

Unfain. Displeased, not joy that time,
Socour, Succour.
Strade. Strode.

ous, sorrowful.

Vene. Vein. Solwy. SOUILLÉE, Fr. sullied. Strand, p. 349, seems to signify Unfain. Unfluyed.

Venemed. Envenomed, poiSom, fiftend som. Fifteen in channel. In Scotland, a ken

Unfre. Discourteous.

soned. sum, or number. nel is called a strand, as is the Ungiltless. Guillless.

Venery. The mystery of huntSomers. Summer's.

runner from a well.
Unlight. Not light, heavy.

ing.
Somoun. Summons.
Styes. STYD, Sax. The places,

Unhold. Inimical.
Son. To send.
or stations.

Unwillingly,
Son. Soun.
Swalu. Swallow.

W.
Sond. Message, embassy. Sware. To swear.
Sone. Son.
Swayn. Peasant.

Waite. Wight.

Wede, wode. Mad.

• Wolf Soune. Sound, viz. of music. Swelted. Swooned.

Wald. Would.

that wald wede." Wolf beSorwe. Sorrow. Sorwen, pl. Swerd. Sword.

Wand. Went.

coming mad.

“ Wode to sorrows. Swete. Sweat. "To tine swete."

Waraunt. Warrant, security. wede," p. 354. Mad to frenzy. Soster. Sister.

p. 363.
To lose labour.
Ware. Were.

Weder. Weather. Weder (to
Soth. Sooth.
Swiche. Such.
Warld. World.

fare. Weather fit for a Spac. Spake. Swine, or swioke. Toil, labour.

Wat. Wet.

“ Wines wat," Spede. Speed. “Better speed." Swithe. Soon.

voyage or journey.

p. 559. Liquid wines; a Wedde. Pledge. In great haste. Swopen. Swept.

pleonasm.

Welay. Contraction for well-
Wat.
What.

away.
T.
Wate. As they wate. As they Weld. Teut. WELTAN.

Di. thought.

rigere. The sense, in p. 333, Ta. Take. sorrow, obliquely trouble, or Wate. To wot of.

may be conjectured from the Tan. Ta'en, laken.

turmoil.

Wayleway. An exclamation of following account given by Tare. To tear.

Than, used for when, passim. sorrow often used by Chau Merlin's mother of the superTelde. Did tell.

Than. Then. All than, ex cer, and sometimes spelled natural person by whom he Temed, perhaps from Sax. pletive, as then.

walawa. It seems to have was begotten :TEMED, or GETEMED. Man- Thai. They.

been the burden of some me “ As a inan I him felt, suefactus, Domitus. Tamed. Tharf. To dare. 6 Tharf him lancholy song.

As a man he me welte, Ten, leen. Anger, mixed with no farther go." He will Wede. W'eed, garment. As a man he laye bi me;

p. 341.

p. 349.

Worth I. Will i become. Woukes. Wekes. Worthli. Worthy; applying Wraie, wrie. To betray or to rank as well as merit. See accuse.

Wrake, p. 346. Wreck. Wost. Contracted for willest, Wrayeth. Betrayeth, accuses. wilt.

Wreken. See W ROKEN. Wot. To know.

Wrie. See WRAIE. Wonges. Cheeks. WANGEN. Wring. To pain sharply. Sax. Maxillæ.

Writhe. Wrath. Wough. Evil. Sax. WOGA, Wroken, wreken, Avenged.

malum. Obliquely, trouble. Wrong. Wrung, thrust.

Y.

But what he was I might not Wick. Wight, fit for war. sé."

Sax. WIG-Lic, bellicosus. Wele. Well.

Wight. Strong. Welp. Whelp.

Wiles, p. 363, should be wiles. Wen. Ween. Withouten wene. Blamest.

Without guess, cerlainly; Wikes. Wekes. an expletive.

Win. Wine. Wende. To go.

Wining. Winning. Wende, wend, weind. Thought. Wirche. Work. Wande, substant. for wein. A Wis. “ Y wis and nought at guess.

wene." I know certainly, Wendest. Ween'dest, didst and do not speak at guess. ween.

“ Y wis withouten wene," is Wenten. Went.

more common. Wepen. Weep.

Wisse, from Germ. WEISAN. Wepens. Weapons.

To guide. In world thou Wer. War.

wisse me." in the world do Were. To were away. То thou me guide. To weise, is keep off.

still used in popular Scottish. Wering. Warring.

Wiis. Wise.
Werkemen. Workmen, p.350. Wite, witan. To know.

Men fit for such a work, Wite. To blame. “ He wist bravoes.

it whom to wite." He knew Wern. Warn. Wern to where to lay the blame.

wive. Warn against mar- Witeth, waleth. Know thou. riage.

Witt. Blamed, or imputed lo. Wers. Wurse.

Wived. Married. Wes. Wus.

Wode. Mad, or furious. Wesche. Washed.

Wok, p. 560. Watched. Wex. Grew.

Won. Dwelling, or abode. Wexen. Do wax or become. Wondred. Wondered. Whasche, p. 339. When as. Woning. Winning. Whare. Where. Wide whare. Wore, p. 534. A licentious Every where.

spelling of were.

Ya. Yes.

to signify, In limes pasl. Yar. Gave.

Hence, probably, the modero Yald, yalt. Did yield, or give. phrase, of yore. Yare, v. 1. Readily.

Yern. Nimbly.
Yare. Early. To foster yair. Yete. Yet.

To educate in youth. P. 532. Yfold. Manifold.
Wining yare. His former Yif. If.
winnings. It also means Yift. Gift.
ready.

Yinge Young.
Yat. Gat.

Yland. Island. Ycorn. Prepared; literally, Ymages. Images, perhaps pr. carried out.

traits. Yede. See YODE.

Ynough. Enough. Yelde. Yielded; oblique for Yode. Went; from yoden, to repaid.

go. Yeme. To keep.

Yolde. Yielded, or gave. Yemen. Keepers, or protec- Ysprad. Bespread. tors.

Ystonde, Ystonden. Stood or Yere or Yer. Year. V. 1. Bi remained.

yere is here used adverbially, Yvere. Ivory.

END OF SIR TRISTREM.

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PREFACE.

and perceiving the enemy, seized a strong post between the

two armies called Homildon-hill. In this method he riThough the Public seldom feel much interest in such com valled his predecessor at the battle of Otterburn, but not munications, (nor is there any reason why they should,) the with like success. The English advanced to the assault, Author takes the liberty of stating, that these scenes were and Henry Percy was about to lead them up the bill, when commenced with the purpose of contributing to a miscellany March caught his bridle, and advised him to advance no projected by a much-esteemed friend.. But instead of farther, but to pour the dreadful shower of English arrows being confined to a scene or two, as intended, the work gra into the enemy. This advice was followed with the usual dually swelled to the size of an independent publication. fortune; for in all ages the bow was the English instrument It is designed to illustrate military antiquities, and the of victory; and though the Scots, and perhaps the French, manners of chivalry. The Drama (if it can be termed one) were superior in the use of the spear, yet this weapon was is, in no particular, either designed or calculated for the useless aster the distant bow had decided the combat. Rostage 3

bert the Great, sensible of this at the battle of Bannockburn, The subject is to be found in Scottish history; but, not to ordered a prepared detachment of cavalry to rusb among overload so slight a publication with antiquarian research, the English archers at the commencement, totally to disperse or quotations from obscure chronicles, may be sufficiently them, and stop the deadly effusion. But Douglas now used illustrated by the following passage from PINKERTON'S His no such precaution; and the consequence was, that his tory of Scotland, vol. i. p. 72.

people, drawn up on the face of the hill, presented one ge

neral mark to the enemy, none of whose arrows descended “The Governor (anno 1402) dispatched a considerable in vain. The Scots fell without fight, and unrevenged, till force under Murdac, bis eldest son; the Earls of Angus and a spirited knight, Swinton, exclaimed aloud, 'O my brave Moray also joined Douglas, who entered England with an countrymen! what fascination has seized you to-day, that army of ten thousand men, carrying terror and devastation you stand like deer to be shot, instead of indulging your anto the walls of Newcastle.

cient courage, and meeting your enemies hand to hand ? “Henry IV. was now engaged in the Welsh war against | Let those who will, descend with me, that we may gain Owen Glendour; but the Earl of Northumberland, and his victory, or life, or fall like men.' This being heard by son, the Hotspur Percy, with the Earl of March, collected a Adam Gordon, between whom and Swinton there existed numerous array, and awaited the return of the Scots, im an ancient deadly feud, attended with the mutual slaughter peded with spoil, near Milfield, in the north part of Nor of many followers, he instantly fell on bis knees before thumberland. Douglas had reached Wooler, in his return; Swinton, begged his pardon, and desired to be dubbed a

[This volume contains all the dramatic pieces wbich Sir Walter Scott ever published: Damely, the translation of Goetz von Berlichingen, which appeared in 1799 ; the House of Aspea, wbich was written at the same early period, though it was first printed in the Keepsake for 1830; Halldon Bill, wriuen and published in 18:22; Mac Duff's Cross, 1823 ; and the Doom of Devorgoil, and the Ayrshire Tragedy, which appeared togetber in 1830.

The Editor had some scruples about reprinting the version of Goetz of the Iron Hand; but it marks so important a period in the author's studies, that, on the whole, be considered it proper to insert it, though in a smaller type, and in the shape of an Appendix. )

( The autbor alludes to a collection of small pieces in verse, edited, for a cbaritable purpose, by Mrs. Joanna Baillie. )

3 [ In the first edition, the text added, " In case any attempt shall be made to produce it in action, ( as bas bappened in similar cases, the autbor takes the present opportunily to intimate, ibat it shall be at the peril of those wbo make such an experiment." Adverting to this passage, tbe New Edinburgh Review (July, 1822) said, -"We, vevertheless, do not believe that any thing more essentially dramatic, in so far as it goes, more capable of stage effect, bas appeared in England since the days of ber greatest genlus; and giving Sir Walter, therefore, full credit for bis coyness on the present occasion, we ardently bope that he is but trying his strength in the most arduous of all literary enterprises, and that, ere long, he will demonstrate bis right to the

highest honours of the tragic muse." The British Critic, for October, 1822, says, on the same head, “Tbough we may not accede to the author's declaration, that it is in no parlicular calculated for the stage,' we must not lead our readers to look for any thing amounting to a regular drama. It would, we think, form an underplot, of very great interest, in an historical play of customary length; and although its incidents and personages are mixed up, in these scenes, with an event of real history, there is nothing in either to prevent thelr being interwoven in the plot of any drama of wbich the action should lie in the coulines of England and Scotland, at any of tbe very numerous periods of Border warfare. The whole interest, 10deed, of the story, is engrossed by two characters, imagined, as it appears to us, with great force and probability, and contrasted with considerable skill and effect." ]

(“Miles magnanimus dominus Johannes Swinton, tanquam voce borrida præconis exclamavit, dicens, 0 commilitones inclyti I quis vos hodie fascinavit non indulgere solitæ probltati, quod nec dextris conseritis, nec ut viri corda erigitis, ad invadendum æmulos, qui vos, tanquam damulos vel bionulos imparcatos, sagittarum jaculis perdere festinant, Descendant mecum qui velint, et in nomine Domini hostes penetrabimus, ut vel sic vita potiamur, vel saltem ut milites cum honore oecumbamus," etc.- FORDON, Scoli-Chronicon, vol. it. p. 434. )

3

GORDON,

LENNOX,

ROSS,

TIE PRIOR OP MAJSON-DIEU.

RIBAUMONT,

knight by him whom he must now regard as the wisest and that the character of the Lord of Swinton, for strength, the boldest of that order in Britain. The ceremony per courage, and conduct, is by no means exaggerated. formed, Swinton and Gordon descended the hill, accompa

W. S. nied only by one hundred men; and a desperate valour led

Abbotsford, 1822.
the whole body to death. Had a similar spirit been shown
by the Scottish army, it is probable that the event of the day

DRAMATIS PERSONE.
would have been different. Douglas, who was certainly
deficient in the most important qualities of a general, seeing

SCOTTISH.
his army begin to disperse, at length attempted to descend

tue REGENT OF SCOTLAND.
the hill; but the English archers, retiring a little, sent a
flight of arrows so sharp and strong, that no armour could

SWINTON,
withstand; and the Scottish leader himself, whose pano-

SUTHERLAND, ply was of remarkable temper, fell under five wounds,

Scollish Chiefs and Nobles. though not mortal. The English men-of-arms, knights,

MAXWELL,

JOHNSTONE, or squires, did not strike one blow, but remained spectators

LINDESAY,
of the rout, which was now complete. Great numbers of

ADAM DE VIPONT, a Knight Templar.
the Scots were slain, and near five hundred perished in the
river Tweed upon their flight. Among the illustrious cap-

REYNALD, Swinton's Squire.

HOB HATTELY, a Border Moss-Trooper. tives was Douglas, whose chief wound deprived him of an

Heralds. eye ; Murdac, son of Albany; the Earls of Moray and An

ENGLISH. gus; and about twenty-four gentlemen of eminent rank and

KING EDWARD III. power. The chief slain were, Swinton, Gordon, Livingston

CHANDUS,

PERCY,
of Calendar, Ramsay of Dalhousie, Walter Sinclair, Roger

English and Norman Nobles.
Gordon, Walter Scott, and others. Such was the issue of

THE ABBOT OF WALTHAMSTOW.
the unfortunate battle of Homildon."

It may be proper to observe, that the scene of action has,
in the following pages, been transferred from Homildon to
Halidon Hill. For this there was an obvious reason;-for

HALIDON HILL.
who would again venture to introduce upon the scene the ce-
lebrated Hotspur, who commanded the English at the former
battle? There are, however, several coincidences wbich

ACT I.
may reconcile even the severer antiquary to the substitu-

SCENE 1. tion of Halidon Hill for Homildon. A Scottish army was defeated by the English on both occasions, and under nearly The northern side of the eminence of Halidon. The back Scene the same circumstances of address on the part of the victors,

represents the summit of the ascent, occupied by the Rearand mismanagement on that of the vanquished, for the Eng

guard of the Scottish army. Bodies of armed Men appear as

advancing from different points, to join the main Body. lish long-bow decided the day in both cases. In both cases, also, a Gordon was left on the field of battle; and at Hali Enter De VIPONT and the PRIOR OF MAISON-DIEU. don, as at Homildon, the Scots were commanded by an illfated representative of the great house of Douglas. He of

Vip. No farther, Father-here I need no guidance Homildon was surnamed Tine-man, i. e. Loseman, from

I have already brought your peaceful step his repeated defeats and miscarriages; and, with all the per Too near the verge of battle.

(ner, sonal valour of his race, seems to have enjoyed so small a Prior. Fain would I see you join some Baron's banportion of their sagacity, as to be unable to learn military Before I say farewell. The honour'd sword experience from reiterated calamily. I am far, however, That fought so well in Syria, should not wave from intimaling, that the traits of imbecility and envy attri Amid the ignoble crowd. buted to the Regent in the following sketch, are to be his

Vip. Each spot is noble in a pitched field, torically ascribed either to the elder Douglas of Halidon

So that a man has room to fight and fall on't. Hill, or to him called Tine-man, who seems to have enjoyed

But I shall find out friends. 'Tis scarce twelve years the respect of his countrymen, notwithstanding that, like

Since I left Scotland for the wars of Palestine, the celebrated Anne de Montmorency, he was either desealed, or wounded, or made prisoner, in every battle which And then the flower of all the Scottish nobles he fought. The Regent of the sketch is a character purely

Were known to me; and I, in my degree, imaginary.

Not all unknown to them.

[time; The tradition of the Swinlon family, which still survives Prior. Alas! there have been changes since that in a lineal descent, and to which the author bas the honour The Royal Bruce, with Randolph, Douglas, Grahame, to be related, avers, that the Swinton who fell at Homil- Then shook in field the banners which now moulder don in the manner narrated in the preceding extract, had

Over their graves i’ the chancel. slain Gordon's father; which seems sufficient ground for

Vip.

And thence comes it, adopting that circumstance into the following Dramatic Sketch, though it is rendered improbable by other au

That while I look'd on many a well-known crest thorities.

And blazon'd shield,' as hitherward we came, If any reader will take the trouble of looking at Frois- The faces of the Barons who displayed them sart, Fordun, or other historians of the period, he will find, Were all unknown to me. Brave youths they seem'd;

' (MS.--"I've look'd on inany a well-known pennon

Playing the air," cic. )

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