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Upon the Scottish foe he gazed
He cried; and, vaulting from the ground, - At once, before his sighi amazed,
His saddle every horseman found.
On high their glittering crests they toss,
As springs the wild-fire from the moss; Each warrior to the ground is bent.
The shield hangs down on every breast, "The rebels, Argentine, repent !
Each ready lance is in the rest,
And loud shouts Edward Bruce,"Aye!-but they bend to other powers,
"Forth, Marshal, on the peasant foe! And other pardon sue than ours !
We'll tame the terrors of their bow, See where yon barefoot Abbot stands,
And cut the bow-string loose !"'ll And blesses them with lifted hands !
XXIII. Upon the spot where they have kneelid,
Then spurs were dash'd in chargers' Aanks, These men will die, or win the field.": -" Then prove we if they die or win!
They rush'd among the archer ranks. Bid Gloster's Earl the fight begin."
No spears were there the shock to let,
No stakes to turn the charge were set,
And how shall yeoman's armour slight
Stand the long lance and mace of mnight? Just as the Northern ranks arose,
Or what may their short swords avail, Signal for England's archery
'Gainst barbed horse and shirt of mail?
Amid their ranks the chargers sprung,
High o'er their heads the weapons swung,
And shriek and groan and vengeful shout his left hand
Give note of triumph and of rout! To the right ear the cords they bring
Awhile, with stubborn hardihood, -At once ten thousand bow-strings ring,
Their English hearts the strife made good,
Borne down at length on every side,
Compellid to fight, they scatter wide.
Let stags of Sherwood leap for glee,
And bound the deer of Dallom-Lee!
The broken bows of Bannock's shore
Shall in the greenwood ring no more!
Round Wakefield's merry may-pole now,
The maids may twine the summer bough, Nor mountain targe of tough bull-hide, Nor lowland mail, that storm may bide;
May northward look with longing glance,
For those that wont to lead the dance, Wo, wo to Scotland's banner'd pride,
For the blithe archers look in vain ! 'If the fell shower may last ! Upon the right, behind the wood,
Broken, dispersed, in flight o'erta'en, Each by his steed dismounted, stood
Pierced through, trod down, by thousands slain, The Scottish chivalry;-
They cumber Bannock's bloody plain. - With foot in stirrup, hand on mane,
XXIV. Fierce Edward Bruce can scarce restrain
The King with scorn beheld their flight. His own keen heart, his eager train,
"Are these," he said, our yeomen wight? Until the archers gain'd the plain;
Each braggart churl'could boast before,
Twelve Scottish lives his baldrick bore !
Glanced at the intervemand high,
* (M8.-" De Argentine! the cowards repent!
And ruschrt amang thaim sa rudly,
Slekand thaim sa dispi'ously, "Maurice, abbot of Inchiffray, placing himself on an eminence,
And in sic furoun berand doun, celebrated mass in sight of the Scottish army. He then passed
And slayand thaim, fur owtyn ransoun;' along the front bare-footed, and bearing a crucifix in his hands,
That thai thaim scalytt' euirilkupe. 11 and exhorting the Scots in few and forcible words, to combat for
And fra that tyme lnrth thar wes nane their rights and their liberty. The Scots kneeled down. They
That assemblyt schot to ma 55 yield,' cried Elward ; see, they implore mercy.'-.' They do,
Quhen Scottis archeris saw that thai sus answered Ingel am de Umfraville, but not ours. On that field
War rebut yt,!! thai woux hardy, they will be victorious, or die.'"-Annals of Scotland, vol. ii.
And with all thair mycht schot egrely
Amang the horns men, that thar raid; : (MS.-" Drew to his ear the silken string.")
And woundis wid to thaim thai maid. SİMS.-" Their brandish'd spearr.")
And slew of thaim a full gret dele." The English archers commenced the attack with their usual
BARBOUR's Bruce, Book ix, F. 28 bravery and dexterity. But against a force, whose importance he Although the success of this manauvre was evident. it is very had learned by fatal experience, Bruce was provided. A small remarkable that the Scottish generals do not appear to have for but select body of cavalry were detached from the right, under filed by the lesson. Almost every subsequent battle which they command of Sir Robert Keith. They rounded, as I conceive, the lost against England, was decided by the archers, to whom the marsh called Milntown bog, and, keeping the firm ground. charged the left flank and rear of the English archers
close and compact array of the Scottish phalanx aflordel an
As the bowmen had no speare, nor long weapons fit to defend them hill, fought scarce twenty years afterwards, was no completely
exposed and unresisting mark. The bloody battle of Halicloud Relves ngainst borse, they were instantly thrown into disorder, gained by the archers, that the English are said to have lost only and spread through the whole English army a confusion, from one knight, one esquire, and a few foot-soldiers. At the battle which they never fairly recovered.
of Neville's Cross, in 1346, where David II. was defented and " The Inglis archeris schot sa fast,
made prisoner, Joho de Graham, observing the loss which line That mycht thair schot haft ony last,
Scots sustained from the English bowmen, offered to charge and It had bene hard to Scottie men.
disperse them, if a hundred men-at-arms were put under his com Bot King Robert, that wele pan ken*
mand. " But, to confess the truth," says Fordun. " he could That thair archeris war peralouss,
not procure a single horseman for the service proposed." of And thair schot rycht hard and growouss,
Buch little use is experience in war, where its results are oppused Ordanyt, forouth the assemblo,
by habit or prejudice. Hye marschell with a gret menye,
11 Roger Ascham quotes a similar Scottish, proverb. " whereby Five hundre armyt in to stele,
they give the whole praise of shooting bonestly to Englishme, That on lycht horss war borsyt welle,
saying thus, ' That every English archer begreth under his girille For to pryk: amang the archeris ;
twenty-four Scottes. Indeed Toxophilus says before, and truly, And swa assaile thaim with thair speris,
of the Scottishi nation. "The Sculles surely be good men of warte That thai na laser haiff to Nchute.
ir: theyre owne feates as can be ; but as for shootinge, they can This marschell that lk of mute. $
neither use it to any profile, nor yet challenge it for any praise." That Schyr Robert of Keyth was cauld,
-Works of Ascham, edited by Bennet, ito. p. 110.
It is said, I trust incorrectly, by an ancient English historian.
that the good Lord Janies of Douglas" dreaded the superiority Assembill, and to gidder ga,
of the English archers so much, that when he made any of them And saw the archeris schoyt stoutly;
prisoner, he gave him the option of losing the forefinger of his With all thaim of his cumpany,
right hand, or bis right eye, either species of mutilation rendering In hy npon thaim gan he rid;
him incapable to use the bow. I have mislaid the reference And our tuk thaim at a Bid ;11
this singular passage. • Know.- Diloined from the rain boly. - Spur. That I speak of. 1 Numere-"Ransom.-- + Diperret : Erers one-59 Matem - Set upon their dank.
Il Driven back
Fitter to plunder chase or park,
With caution o'er the ground they tread, Than make a manly foe* their mark.
Slippery with blood and piled with dead, Forward, each gentleman and knight!
Till hand to hand in batile set, Let gentle blood show generous might,
The bills with spears and axes met, And chivalry redeem the fight!"
And, closing dark on every side, To rightward of the wild affray,
Raged the full contest far and wide. The field show'd fair and level way;
Then was the strength of Douglas tried, Bui, in mid-space, the Bruce's care
Then proved was Randolph's generous pride Had bored the ground with many a pit,
And well did Stewart's actions grace With turf and brushwood hidden yet, t
The sire of Scotland's royal race! That form'd a ghastly snare.
Firmly they kept their ground; ushing, ten thousand horsemen came,
As firmly England onward press'd, With spears in rest, and hearts on flame,
And down went many a noble crest, That panted for the shock!
And rent was many a valiant breast,
And Slaughter revell'd round.
Unflinching foottt 'gainst foot was set, Down! down ! in headlong overthrow,
Unceasing blow by blow was met; Horseman and horse, the foremost go,
The groans of those who fell Wild Houndering on the field !
Were drown'd amid the shriller clang, The first are in destruction's gorge,
That from the blades and harness rang, Their followers wildly o'er them urge ;
And in the battle-yell. The knightly helm and shield,
Yet fast they fell, unheard, forgot, The mail, the acton, and the spear,
Both Southern fierce and hardy Scot; Strong hand, high heart, are useless here!
And O! amid that waste of life, Loud from the mass confused the cry
What various motives fired the strife! Of dying warriors swells on high,
The aspiring Noble bled for fame, And steeds that shriek in agony !
The Patriot for his country's claim; They came like mountain torrent red,
This Knight his youthful strength to prove, That thunders o'er its rocky bed ;,
And that to win his lady's love; They broke like that same torrent's wave,
Some fought from ruffian thirst of blood, When swallow'd by a dark some cave.
From habít some, or hardihood. Billows on billows burst and boil,
But ruffian stern, and soldier good, Maintaining still the stern turmoil,
The noble and the slave, And to their wild and tortured groan
From various cause the same wild road,
On the same bloody morning, trode,
To that dark inn, the Grave !11
The tug of strife to flag begins, Names that to fear were never known,
Though neither loses yet nor wins.$$ Bold Norfolk's Earl De Brotherton,
High rides the sun, thick rolls the dust, illo And Oxford's famed De Vere.
And feebler speeds the blow and thrust. There Gloster plied the bloody sword,
Douglas leans on his war-sword now, And Berkeley, Grey, and Hereford,
And Randolph wipes his bloody brow;, Botietourt and Sanza vere,
Nor less had toil'd each Southern knight, Ross, Montague, and Mauley, came,
From morn till mid-day in the fight. And Courtenay's pride, and Percy's fame
Strong Egremont for air must gasp, Names known too well** in Scotland's war, Beauchamp undoes his visor-clasp, At Falkirk, Meth ven, and Dunbar,
And Montague must quit his spear, Blazed broader yet in after years,
And sinks thy falchion, bold De Vere! A: Cressy red and fell Poitiers.
The blows of Berkeley fall lese fast, Pembroke with these, and Argentine,
And gallant Pembroke's bugle-blast Brought up the rearward battle-line.
Hath lost its lively tone; • (M8.-" An armed foe.'')
Suck the wild whirlpool in ; (M8.-" With many a nit the ground to bore,
So did the deep and darksome pass
Devour the battle's iningled mass."
Lady of the Lake, Canto vi. stanza 18.) It is generally alleged by historians, that the English men-at TIMS. -" Ross, Tybtot. Neville, Mauley, camo."} esma fell into the hidden snare which Bruce had prepared for
**(MS-" Names known of yore," &c.) Dem. Barbour does not mention the circumstance According
++ (MS.--"Unshifting foot," &c.] to his account, Randolph, seeing the slaughter made by the ca. 1:1" All these, life's rambling journey done, valry or the right wing among the archers, advanced courageously Have found their home, the grave." Sainst the main body of the English, and entered into close com
$6 "The dramatic, and even Shakspearian spirit of much of fish centre, led their division also to the charge, and the battle this battle must, we think, strike and delight the reader. We pas becorning general along the whole line, was obstinately maintain. over much alternate, and much stubborn and 'unflinching' coned on both sides for a long space of time; the Scottish archen testdoing zreal execution among the English men-at-arms, after the
The tug of strife to flag beging, bou men of England were dispersed.
Though neither loses yet nor wins ;' I have been told that this line requires an explanatory noto; and indeed, those who witness the silent patience with which
but the description of it, as we have ventured to prophesy, will
last for ever. borser submit to the most cruel uenge, may be permitted to doubt, "It will be ay unnecessary for the sake of our readers, as it that in monents of susiden or intolerable anguish, they utter a would be useless for the sake of the author, to point out many most melancholy cry. Lord Erskine, in a speech made in the of the obvious defects of these splendid passages, or of others in Hase of Lords, upon a bill for enforcing humanity towards ani. mals, miiced this remarkable fact, in languuge which I will not
the poem. Such a line as
"The tug of strife to fag begins' mutilate by attempting to repeat it. It was my fortune, upon one pression, to hear a horse, in a moment of agony, utter a thrilling poetry, and no one,
we should think, can miss the ridiculous
must wound every ear that has the least pretension to judge of cream, which I still consider the most melancholy sound I ever hear.
point of such a couplel as the subjoinod
'Ench heart had caught the patriot spark, When plunging down some darksome cave,
Old man and stripling, prieri and clerk.'" Billow on billow rushing on,
Monthly Reviero.) Follows the path the first had gone."
30 ("The adventures of the day are versified rather too literally It is impossible not to recollect our author's own lineg
from the contemporary chronicles. The following passage, how
ever, is emphatic; and exemplifies what this author has so often "As Bracklin's chagm, so black and steer,
exemplified, the power of well chosen and well arranged namos, Receives her roaring linn,
to excite lofty emotions, with little aid either from sentiment or As the dark caverns of the deep
Sinks, Argentine, thy battle-word,
"O God! the combat they renew, And Percy's shout was fainter heard,
And is no rescue found! "My merry-men, fight on!"
And ve that look thus tamely on,
And see your native land o'erthrown,
0! are your hearts of flesh or stone l"'S
XXX. "One effort more, and Scotland's free!
The multitude that watch'd afar, Lord of the Isles, my trust in thee
Rejected from the ranks of war, Is firm as Ailsa Rock;
Had not unmoved beheld the fight, Rush on with Highland sword and targe,
When strove the Eruce for Scotland's right; 1, with my Carrick spearmen, charge;t
Each heart had caught the patriot spark,
Old man and stripling, priest and clerk,
Bondsman and serf; even female hand Against the sun the broadswords shone:
Stretch'd to the hatchet or the brand : The pibroch lent its maddening tone,
But, when mute Amadine they heard And lond King Robert's voice was known
Give to their zeal his signal-word, "Carrick, press on-they fail, they fail !
A frenzy fired the throng;
Porients and miracles impeach
Our sloth-the dumb our duties teach
And he that gives the mule his speech,
Can bid the weak be strong.
To us, as to our lords, are given
A native earth, a promised heaven;
To us, as to our lords, belongs||
The vengeance for our nation's wrongs ; The foes three furlongs back and more,
The choice, 'twixt death or freedom, warms
Our breasts as theirs-To arms, to arms!" Leaving their noblest in their gore.
To arms they flew,--axe, club, or spear,
And mimic ensigns high they rear, SI
And, like a banner'd host afar,
Bear down on England's wearied war.
Already scatter'd o'er the plain, A bright but momentary blaze.
Reproof, command, and counsel vain, Fair Edith heard the Southern shout,
The rearward squadrons fled amain, Beheld them turning from the rout,
Or made bui doubtful stay ;--** Heard the wild call their trumpets sent,
But when they mark'd the seeming show In notes 'twixt triumph and lament.
Of fresh and fierce and marshall'd foe, That rallying force, combined anew,
The boldest broke array. Appear'd in her distracted view,
O give their hapless prince his due !tt To hem the Islesmen round;
In vain the royal Edward threw * (M8.-" The sinking." &c.)
have been passed dry-shod The followers of the Scottish camp + When the engagement between the main bodies had lasted
fell upon the disheartened fugitives, and added to the confusion some time, Bruco made a decisive movement, by bringing up the and slaughter. Many were driven into the forth, and persbal Scottish reserve. It is traditionally said, that at this crisis, he there, which, by the way, could hardly have happened, had the addressed the Lord of the Isles in a phrase used as a motto by armies been drawn up east and west, since, in that case, to tal xome of his descendants, "My trust is constant in thee." Bar. the river, the English fugitives must have fled through the vieto bour intimates, that the reserve " assembled on one field," that rious army. About a short mile from the field of baitle is a placa is, on the same line with the Scottish forces already engaged ; called the Bloody Folds. Here the Farl of Gloucester is said which leads Lord Hailes to conjecture that the Scottish ranks to have made a stand, und died gallantly at the head of he must have been much thinned by slaughter, since, in that circum own military tenants and vassals. He was much regretted by scribed ground, there was room for the reserve to fall into the both sides ; and it is said the Scottish would gladly ha re saved Jino. But the advance of the Scottish cavalry must havo con his life, but, neglecting to wear his surcoal with armunal bear tributed a good deal to form the vacancy occupied by the reserve. ing over his armour, he fell unknown, after his borse had been : (MS. Then hurry to the shock!"]
stabbed with spears. 6 (MS. of lead or stone.")
Sir Marmaduku Twenge, an English knight, contrived to cart MS.-" To us, as well as them, belongr."')
ceal himself Juring the fury of the pursuit, and when it was some I The followers of the Scottish camp observed, from the Gil. what slackened, approached King Robert. " Whose prisonet ure lice' Hill in the rear, the impression produced upon the English you. Sir Marmaduke?" said Bruce, to whom he was person army by the bringing up of the Scottish reserve, and, prompted ally known. "Yours, sir," answered the knight. "I receive by the enthusiasm of the moment, or the desire of plunder, as. you." answered the king, and, treating him with the utmost cour Humed, in a tumultuary manner, such arms as they found nearest, tesy, Io:ded him with gifts, and dismissed bim without ransom. fastened sheets to tent.poles and lances, and showed themselves The other prisoners were all well treated. There might be Jiko a new army advancing to battle.
policy in this, as Bruce wonld naturally wish to acquire the good * Yomen, and swanys.* and pitaill,
opinion of the English barons, who were at this time at great That in the Park yemyt wictaill.i
variance with their king. But it also well accords with his bugh War left; quhen thai wyst but lesing,
chivalrous character. That thair lordis, with fell fechtyng,
** (MS.-" And rode in bands away." On thair fayis assemblyt wer;
** Edward II., according to the best authorities, showed, in the Ane off thaim selwyn' that war thar
fatal field of Bannockburn, personal gallantry not upworthy of Capitane of thaim all thai maid.
his great sire and greater son. He remained on the field til And schetis, that war sumodelo 1 brad,
forced away by the Earl of Pembroke, when all was last. He Thai fesinyt in steid oil baneris,
then rode to the Castle of Stirling, and demanded admittance; Apon lang treys and speris : And said that thai wald we the focht;
but the governor, remonstrating upon the imprudence of shutting
him self up in that fortress, which must so soon surrender, be 36* And help thair lordis at thair mycht.
gembled around his person five bundred men-at-arms, and, avondQuhen her till all assentyt wer,
ing the field of battle and the victorious army, fled low arde Lew In a roul assemblit er ;**
lithgow, pursued by Douglas with about sixty horse. They were Fyftene thowsand thai war, or ma.
augmented by Sir Lawrence Abernethy with twenty more. whum And than in gret hy gan thai ga,
Douglas met in the Torwood upon their way to join the English With thair baneris, all in a rout,
army, and whom he casily persuaded to desert the defeated As thai had men bene stythit and stout.
monarch, and to assist in the pursuit. They hung upon Edward's Thai come, with all that assemble,
fight as far as Dunbar, too few in number to assail him with efRycht quhill thni mycht the batail se ;
fect, but enough to harass his retreat so constantly, that who Than all at anys thai gave a cry.
ever fell an instant behind, was instantly slain, or made prisonet. 'Sla! Sla! Apon thaim hastily?'"
Edward's ignominious flight terminated at Dunbar, where the BARBOUR'S Bruce, Book ix., v. 410. Earl of March, who still professed allegiance to him. " received The unexpected apparition, of what seemed a new army, him full gently." From thence, the monarch of so great an ein completed the eonfusion which already prevailed among the Eng pire, and the late commander of so gallant and numerous an lish, who Ard in every direction, and were pursued with im. mense slaughter. The brook of Bannock, according to Barbour,
army, escaped to Bamborough in a fishing vessel.
Bruce, as will appear from the following document, lost no was so choked with the bodies of men and horses, that it might time in directing the thunders of parliamentary censure against • Swains - Rabble. - Kepe the provisione. -- Lying. Selses
such part of his subjects as did not return to their natural allegio 9 Som hal. Are-ul.
ance after the battle of Bannockburn
His pereon mid the spears,
XXXIII. Cried "Fight!" to terror and despair,
Now toil'd the Bruce, the battle done, Menaced, and wept, and tore his hair, *
To use his conquest boldly won; And cursed their caitiff fears;.
And gave command for horse and spear Till Pembroke turned his bridle rein,
To press the Southern's scatter'd rear, And forced him from the fatal plain.
Nor let his broken force combine, With them rode Argentine, until
--When the war-cry of Argentine They gaind the summit of the hill,
Fell faintly on his ear; But quitted there the train :
Save, save his life,'' he cried, “O save "In yonder field a gage I left,
The kind, the noble, and the brave !"
The squadrons round free passage gave,
The wounded knight drew near;
He raised his red-cross shield no more, The fiery Douglas takes the chase,
Helm, cuish, and breastplate stream'd with gore I know his banner well.
Yet, as he saw the King advance, God send my Sovereign joy and bliss,
He strove even then to couch his lance-
The effort was in vain !
The spur-stroke fail'd to rouse the horse ;
Wounded and weary, in mid course
He stumbled on the plain.
Then foremost was the generous Bruce Wildly they fly, are slain, or yield.t.
To raise his head, his helm to loose;"Now then," he said, and conch'd his spear,
“Lord Earl, the day is thine! "My course is run, the goal is near;
My Sovereign's charge, and adverse fate,
Have made our meeting all too late :
Yet this may Argentine,
As boon from ancient comrade, crave--
A Christian's mass, a soldier's grave."
Bruce press'd his dying hand-its grasp But not unharm'd-a lance's point
Kindly replied; but, in his clasp, Has found his breastplate's loosen'd joint,
It stiffen'd' and grew coldan axe has razed his crest;
“And, O farewell!" the victor cried, Yet still on Colonsay's fierce lord,
'Of chivalry the flower and pride, Who press'd the chase with gory sword,
The arm in battle bold, He rode with spear in rest,
The courteous mien, the noble race, And through his bloody tartans bored,
The stainless faith, the manly face !And through his gallant breast.
Bid Ninian's convent light their shrine, Nail'd to the earth, the mountaineer
For late-wake of De Argentine. Yet writhed him up against the spear,
O'er better knight on death-bier laid, And swung his broadsword round!
Torch never gleam'd nor mass was said !" - Stirrup, steel-boot, and cuish gave way, Beneath that blow's tremendous sway,
XXXV. The blood gush'd from the wound;
Nor for De Argentine alone, And the grim Lord of Colonsay
Through Ninian's church these torches shone, Hath turn'd him on the ground,
And rose the death-prayer's awful tone.S And laugh'd in death-pang, that his blade
That yellow lustre glimmer'd pale,
On broken plate and bloodied mail,
Sigillum Abbatis de Sancto Columba
Sigillum Abbatis de Deer
Sigillum Abbatis de Dulce Corde judicium Reditum apud Kambuskinet contra omnes illos
Sigillum Prioris de Collinghame out tunc fuerunt contra fidem et pacem Domini Regis.
Sivillum Prioris de Rostynot Anno gracie millesimo tricentisimo quarto decimo sexto die
Sigulum Prioris Sancte Andree 1 Setembris tenente parliamentum suum Excellentissimo principe
Sigillum Prioris de Pettinwem Dupin, Roberto Dei gracia Rege Scottorum Illustri in monaste
Sigilium Prioris de Insula de Lochlevin no de Cambrskyneth concordatum fuit tinaliter Judicatum lac
Sigillum Senescalli Scocie 3. er hoe statutum de Concilio et Assensu Episcoporum et cete,
Sigillum Willelmi Comitis de Ros Totun Prelatorum Comitum Baronum et aliorum nobilium regni Seocie nec non et tocius communitatis regni predicti quod omnes cu contra filem et pacem djeti domini regis in bello seu alibi itapti sunt vel qui illic) to die ad pacem ejus et fidem non vene
Sigillum Gilberti de la Haya Constabularii Scocie Tout liect sepius vocati et legitime expectati fuissent de terris et
Sigillum Roberti de Keth Mariscalli Scocio 10.25 tenementis et omni alio statu infra regnum Scocie perpetuo sint
Sigillum Hugonis de Ros ex relati et habeantur de cetero tanquam inimici Regis et Reg.
Sigillum Jacobi de Duglas fi ab omni vendicacione juris hereditarii vel juris alterius cujus:
Sigillum Johannis de Sancto Claro in posterum pro se et heredibus suis in perpetuum privati
Sigillum Thome de Rog Ar ! penatuam igitur rei memoriam et evidentem probacionem
Sigillum Alexandri de Settone buus Judicii et Statuti sigilla Episcoporum et aliorum Prelatorum
Sigillum Walteri Haliburtone De nion et comitum Baronum ac ceterorum nobilium dieti Regni
Sigillum Davidis de Balfour
Sigillum Duncani de Wallays
Sigillum Thome de Dischingtone
Sivillum Andree de Moravia
Sigillum Archibaldi de Belun
Sigillum Ranulphi de Lyill
Sigillum Malcomi de Balfour
Sigillum Normanni de Lesley
Sigillum Nigelli de Campo bello
Sigillum Mor ni de Musco Campo
* (MS. "And bade them hope aroid deepnir."')
+ [The MS. has not the seven lines which follow.) Simillum Abbatis de Calco
1 (MS.-"Now koiled the Brice as leaders ought,
To uso, his conquest boldly bought.']
$ The remarkable circumstances attending the death of De
Argentine have been already noticed (p. 594.) Besides this re-
nowned warrior, there fell many representatives of the noblest
houses in England, which never sustained a more bloody and Sieillum Abbatis de Paslet
disastrous deti at. Barbour says that two hundred pairs of gilded Sigillum Abbatis de Dunfermelyn
spure were taken from the field of battle ; and that some were Sigillum Abbatis de Lincluden
lett the author can bear witness, who has in his possession a Sigillum Abbatis de Insula Missarum
curious anti que spur, dug up in the morass not long since.
Vol. 1.-4 A
** ("Bruce innes oriters for the celebration of the nuptials.
Rent crest and shatter'd coronet,
"Spoke he with none ?"-"With none-one word Of Baron, Earl, and Banneret;
Burst when he saw the Island Lord, $ And the best names that England knew,
Returning from the battle-field."Claim'd in the death-prayer disial due.*
“What answer inade the Chief ?"_" He kneelid, Yet mourn not, Land of Fame !
Durst not look up, but mutter'd low, Though ne'er the leopards on thy shield
Some mingled sounds that none might know,! Reireated from so sad a field,
And greeted him 'twixt joy and fear,
As being of superior sphere."
Even upon Bannock’s bloody plain,
Heap'd then with thousands of the slain, Rights dear to all who freedom love, t
Mid victor monarch's musings high,
Mirth laugh'd in good King Robert's eye.
“And bore he such angelic air,
Such noble front, such waving hair ? Turn we to Bruce, whose curious ear
Hath Ronald kneel'd to bim?" he said, Must from Fitz-Louis tidings hear;
" Then must we call the church to aid With him, a hundred voices tell
Our will be to the Abbot known, Of prodigy and miracle,
Ere these strange news are wider blown, " For the mute page had spoke.”
To Cambuskenneth straight ye pass, "Page!” said Fitz-Louis, “rather say,
And deck the church for solemn niass, I
To pay for high deliverance given,
A nation's thanks to gracious Heaven.
Let him array, besides, such state, When hurrying froin the mountain top;
As should on princes' nuptials wait. A lovely brow, dark locks that wave,
Ourself the cause, through fortune's spite, To his bright eyes new lustre gave.
That once broke short that spousal rite, A step as light upon the green,
Ourself will grace, with early morn, As if his pinions waved unseen!"
The bridal of the Maid of Lorn."*** "It wes forsuth gret ferly,
And in sum there were there slain, along with the Earl of To see samyn * sa fele dede lie.
Gloucester, forty-two barons and bannerets. The numbe? (1 Twa hundre payr of spuris reid, +
earls, barons, and bannerets made captive, was twentyti, War tane of knicht is that war deid."
and sixty-eight knighs. Many clerks and equires were alstene I am now to take my lenve of Barbour, not without a slain or taken. Roger de Northburge, keeper of the King's sincere wish that the public may encourage the undertaking of signet, (Curlos Torgia Domini Resis, was made paie! my friend Dr. Jamieson, who has issued proposals for publishing with his two clerk. Roger de Wakentelde and Thomas de an accurate edition of his poem, and of Blind Harry's Wallace Switon, upon which the King caused a seal to be made, and The only good edition of The Bruce was published by Mr. Pin. entitled it his priry seal, to distinguish the same from the 1990 kerton, in three volumes, in 1790 ; and, the learned editor having ho lost. The Earl of Heretord was exchanged against Brus: N had no personal access to consult the manuscript, it is not with Quen, who had been detamed in captivity ever since the year out errors; and it has besides become scarce. OD Wallace there 1306. The Targia, or signil, was restored to England through the is no tolerable edition ; yet these two poems do no small honour intercession of Ralph de Monthemier, ancestor of Lund Men, to the early state of Scottish poetry, and The Bruce is justly
who is all to have found tour in the eyes of the Soch regarded as containing authentic historical facts.
king. -Continuation of TVET S Annals, Hail's edit. Onfire, The following list of the slain at Bannockburn, extracted 1712, vol. ii., p. 14. from the continuator of Trivet's Aunals, will show the extent of Such were the immediate consequences of the field of Eur the national calamity.
nockburn Its more remote etterts, in completely rotat LIST OF THE SLAIN.
the national indepandence of Scotland, afford a boundless tiek dut
speculation Barons and Knight Bannerets, Robert de Felton
* (MS.--" And the best names that England owns Gilbert de Clare, Earl of Glou. Mirhaul Poyning,
Swell thead death prayer's dismal tones.") rester, Edinund Mulley
† (MS.--" When for her nicht her word was bare, Robert de Clifford, Simon Ward.
Rights dear to all who fredum share." Payan Tybetot,
: [" The ficutious part of the story is, on the whole, the last William L. Mareschal, Henry de Bonn
interesting -thout we think that the author has bazarathi John Comya. Thornas de Crond,
too little embellinent in recording the adventures of the Brit William de Veecey, John de Elvinefide,
There are many tlacen, at least, in which he has evidently iwa John de Montfort, John de Harcourt,
an air of heavinexy and flatnes to his tarration, by aubtrop:19 Nicolas de Ilusteleigh, Walter de Hakelut,
closely to the authentic history ; and has lowered down the te William Dayncourt, Philip de Courtenay
of his try to the tame level of the rude chroniclers by wloa Ægidius de Argenteyne, Hugo de Senleg,
the incidents were originally recorded. There is a more che Edmond Comyn,
Radulpli de Beauchamp, and general faull, however, in the conduct of all this part of t. John Lovel, (the rich) John de Penbrigge.
story,--and that is, that it is not suffisently national Edmond de Hastynge, With thirty thres others of the breathes nothing either or that animosity towards England.com Milo de Stapleton,
same rank not named.
that exultation over be detear, whuch must have animated all
Scotland at the period to which he refer; and ought, crise PRISONERS.
quently, to have been the ruling passion of his poem, Mr. Sr.; Barons and Baronets. Anselm de Mareschal,
however, not only dwells fondly on the ralour and generosis ( Henry de Boun. Earl of Hereford, Giles de Beauchamp,
the invader, but actually makes an elaborate apoings to 19 Lord John Gittard, John de (Cyfrewast,
English for having ventured to select for bis theme a story ulica William de Latimer, John Bluwet,
records their disasters. We hope this extreme courtesy Maurice de Berkley, Roger Corbet,
intended merely to appease chilies, and attract readers in the Ingelram de l'ofraville, Gilbert de Boun,
southern part of the island, -and yet it is difficult to see fuska! Marmaduke de Twenge,
Birtholomew de Enefeld, other purposes it could be assuined. Mr. Scoti certainly bend mit John de Wyletone, Thomas de Ferrers,
have been aliaid either of exciting rebellion among his counts Robert de Maulee, Radulphan Thomas Bottetort,
men, or of brinding his own liberality and loyalty into rural Henry Fitz Flugh,
Joho and Nicholas de Kingstone; although, in speaking of the events of that reinote period, when Thomas de Gray,
an overbeuuring compueror was overthrown in a lawless attingit Walter de Beauchamp, William Lovel,
to subdue independent kingdom, be had riven full expres*** Richard de Charon, Henry de Wileton,
to the hatre'l and exultation which must have prevailed arcu John de Wevelinton, Baldwin de Freill,
the victors, and are indeed the only passions which can be Robert de Nevil, John de Clivedon.
posed to be excited by the story of their exploits. It is ni! Jolin de Segrave, Adomar in Zone,
natural, and we are sure it is not poctical, to represent the art Gilbert Perche. John de Wetwode,
in such tremendous scenes as calm and indulgent judges of the John de Clavering, John Mant,
motives or merits of their opponents; and, by lending such Autony de Lucy,
Thomas and Odo Lele Ercede character to the leaders of his host, the author his actualizing Radulph de Camys,
send the interest of the mights tikht of Brouockburn, to that John de Escre, Robiit Braupel, (the son)
which might be supposed to be dong to a well-regulated tournament Androw de Abremhyn.
Joolin Mautravers, (the son.) among friendly rivals." --JEFFRETT
Willium and William Giffard, $ IMS.--. Errepted to the Island Lord,
When turning," &c. The son of Ruger Tyrrel,
not nained by the historian. 0 [M8. -"Some miogled sounds of joy and wo.") • Together.
1 [The MS. adds:t Rel, of billede
That priests and choir, with morning beams, The XTC from Barhour in this edition of Sir Wall Scott's poems have been limitoru y correto by the text of Dr Jannis Bruce published,
Prepare with reverence un beseems with Blut Harry's Wallace, E- lin. 182). 2 rols. ito.-E1)
To pay," &c.) & Stroned Clinton,