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He pressed to pulle fruyt with his land,
Sothly, Thomas, as I telle ye. As man for faute that was faynt;
You hath ben here thre yeres, She seyd, Thomas, lat al stand,
And here you may no longer be; Or els the deuyl wil the ataynt.
And I sal tele ve a skele, Sche seyd, Thomas, I the hyzt,
To-morrowe of helle ye foule sendo To lay thi hede upon my kne,
Amang our folke shall chuse his fec; And thou shalt see fayrer syght,
For you art a larg man and an hende, Than euyr sawe man in their kintre.
Trowe you wele he will chuse thee. Sees thou, Thomas, yon fayr way,
Fore all the golde that may be, That lyggs ouyr yone fayr playn?
Fro hens unto the worldes ende, Yonder is the way to heuyn for ay,
Sall you not be betrayed by me, Whan synful sa wles haf derayed their payne.
And thairfor sall you hens wende. Secs thou, Thomas, yon secund way,
She broght hym euyn to Eldyn Tre, That lygges lawe undir the ryse ?
Undir nethe the grene wode spray, Streight is the way, sothly to say,
In Huntle bankes was fayr to be, To the joyes of paradyce.
Ther breddes syng both nyzt and day. Sees thou, Thomas, yon thyrd way,
Ferre ouyr yon montayns gray, That lygges ouyr yone how?
Ther bathe my facon;
Fare wele, Thomas, I wende my way.
The Elfin Queen, after restoring Thomas to earth, pours Of town and tower it beereth the helle,
forth a string of prophecies, in which we distinguish references In middell erth is none like theretill.
to the events and personages of the Scottish wars of EdWhan thou comyst in yone castell gaye,
ward III. The battles of Dupplin and Halidon are mentioned, I pray thee curteis man to be ;
and also Black Agnes, Countess of Dunbar. There is a copy What so any man to you say,
of this poem in the Museum of the Cathedral of Lincoln, anLoke thu answer none but me.
other in the collection in Peterborough, but unfortunately they My lord is servyd at yche messe,
are all in an imperfect state. Mr. Jamieson, in his curious With xxx kniztes feir and fre;
Collection of Scottish Ballads and Songs, has an entire copy I shall say syttyng on the dese,
of this ancient poem, with all the collations. The lacuna of I toke thy speche beyone the le.
the former editions have been supplied from his copy.
ALLUSIONS TO HERALDRY.-P. 576.
“The muscle is a square figure like a lozenge, but it is al Thomas folowyd at her hand; Thar kept her mony a lady gent,
ways voided of the field. They are carried as principal
figures by the name of Learmont. Learmont of Earlstoun, With curtasy and lawe.
in the Merss, carried or on a bend azure three muscles; of Harp and fedyl both he fande,
which family was Sir Thomas Learmont, who is well known The getern and the sawtry,
by the name of Thomas the Rhymer, because he wrote his Lut and rybid ther gon gan,
prophecies in rhime. This prophetick hera ıld lived in the Thair was al maner of mynstralsy,
days of King Alexander the Third, and prophesied of his The most fertly that Thomas thoght,
death, and of many other remarkable occurrences; particuWhen he com emyddes the flore,
larly of the union of Scotland with England, which was not Fourty hertes to quarry were broght,
accomplished until the reign of James the Sixth, some hunThat had been befor both long and store.
dred years after it was foretold by this gentleman, whose Lymors lay lappyng blode,
prophecies are much esteemed by many of the vulgar even at And kokes standyng with dressyng knyse,
this day. I was promised by a friend a sight of his propheAnd dressyd dere as thai wer wode,
cies, of which there is everywhere to be had an epitome, And rewell was thair wonder.
which, I suppose, is erroneous, and differs in many things Knyghtes dansyd by two and thre,
from the original, it having been oft reprinted by some unskilAll that leue long day.
ful persons. Thus many things are amissing in the small Ladyes that were gret of gre,
book which are to be met with in the original, particularly Sat and sang of rych aray.
these two lines concerning his neighbour, Bemerside :Thomas sawe much more in that place, Than I can descryre,
*Tyde what may betide, Til on a day, alas, alas,
Haig shall be laird of Bemerside.
And indeed his prophecies concerning that ancient family Here you may no longer be :
have hitherto been true; for, since that time to this day, the Hy then zerne that you were at hame,
Haigs have been lairds of that place. They carrie, Azure a I sal ye bryng to Eldyn Tre
saltier cantoned with two stars in chief and in base argent, as Thomas answerd with heuy
many crescents in the flanques or; and for crest a rock proAnd said, Lowely ladye, lat ma be,
per, with this motto, taken from the above-written rhymeFor I say ye certenly here
* Tide what may.'"-Nisbet on Marks of Cadency, p. 158.Haf I be bot the space of dayes three.
He adds, " that Thomas' meaning may be understood by