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UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA
AT LOS ANGELES




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SCOTISH POEMS,

REPRINTED

FROM SCARCE EDITIONS.



THE TALES OF THE
PRIESTS OF PEBLIS.

THE PALICE OF HONOUR.

SQUIRE MELDRUM.

EIGHT INTERLUDES, BY
DAVID LINDSAY.



PHILOTDS, A COMEDY.
GAWAN AND GOLOGRAS,

A ME TR 1C A L ROMANCE.
BALLADS, FIRST PRINTED

AT EDINBURGH, 1508.



WITH THREE PIECES BEFORE UNPUBLISHED.



COLLECTED BY JOHN PINKERTON,

F. S.A.PERTH, HONORARY MEMBER OF THE ROYAL SOCIETY

OF ICELANDIC LITERATURE AT COPENHAGEN, AND OF

THE ROYAL SOCIETY OF SCIENCES AT DKONTHEIM.

IN THREE VOLUMES.



VOLUME IT.



LONDON:

PRINTED BY AND FOR JOHN NICHOLS
M,occ,xcir.



PR



V.



O N T E N T S.



VOLUME II.

-page
LINDSAY'S EIGHT INTERLUDES, OR HIS PLAY.

I. The Auld Man and bis Wife 3

II. Humanitle and Senfualitie - - 21

III. The Pulr Man andtbe Pardonar - 59

IV. The Sermon of Felly 81

V. Flattery, Deceit, and Falfebood, ml/lead King
Humanity - - - IOI

VI. The Three rices overcome Truth andCbaftity 133

VII. The Parliament of Correction - - 139

VIII. The Punijhment of the Pices . 173
Auuitions from the primed Play - - 199



a 2



ERRATUM.

VOL.. II. page line

aoi> 1 1, for Sym read Syn,

The other errata of this volume are given at the end
ofiu



EIGHT-
INTERLUDES

BY

SIR DAVID LINDSAY.

Copied from the Btnnatyne

MS. in the Advocates' Library,

Edinburgh.

1788.



VOL. It.



INTERLUDE I.

THE AULD MAN AND HIS WIFE*



P E * 8 O N r

er the Meffenger.
The COTTER.
FYNLAW oftbefute land.
TheTui
The AULD MAN.
BESSY his wife.
The COURTEOUR.
The MERCHANT.
The CIERK.



HEIR BEGYNIS THE PROCL AM ATlOUN OF
THE.PLAy, MAID BE DAUIO LyNSAY

OF THE MONTH KNIGHT, IN THE
PLAYFEILD, IN THE MONETH OF
THE YEIR. OF GOD ! YEIRIS.

PROLOGUE.

N-UNTIUS:

Rlcht famous pepill, ye fall undii fiand
How that ane Prince, richt wyifs and vigilenr,
Is fchortly for to cum into this land;
And purpoffis to haltf ane Parliament
(His thre Ellaitis thairtohes done confent)
In Co-Mpar toun, into thair beft array
With fupport of the Lord Omnipotent,
And thairto lies afiixt ane certane day.

With help of HIM, that rowlis all abone,
That day fall be within ane litill fpace.
Our purpofe is on the SEVINT day of June,
Gif weddir ferve, and we haif reft and pece,
We fall be fene intill owr playing place,
In gude array, abowt the hour ot SEVIN.
Off thriftinefs that day I pray yow ceifs,
I3ot ordane us gude drink agains avvevin.

Faill nocht to be upon the Cajlell bill,
Befyd the place quhair we purpoifs to play ;
With gude ftark wyne you: 4 flacconis fee ye fill,
And hald yourfelf the myrreaft that ye may.

B 3 Be



6 THEAULDMAN

Be not difpleifit, quhat evir we ling or fay;
Amang fad mater howbeid we fumtyme relyie.
We fall begin at SEVIN hourisof the day.-
So ye keip tryift, forfuth we fall nocht felyie.

SCENE I.

COTTER, NUNTIUS.

COTTER.

I fall be thair, with Goddis Grace,

Thocht thair ware nevir fo gi it ane prefe ;

And foremeft in the fair.

And drink ane quart in Coivpar toun,

With my Goflep JOHNE WILLAMSOUN,

Thocht all the nolt fowld rair.

I half ane quick Divill to my Wyfe,

That haldis me evir in fturt and ftryfe;

That warlo, and fche wift

That I wald cum to this gud toun,

Sche wa'.d call me fals ladrone loun,

And ding me in the duft.

We men that hes fie wickit wyvls

In grit langour we leidour lyvis,

Ay dreifland in di'.eifs.

Ye Preiili? hes gret prerogatyvis,

That may depairt ay fra your wyvls,

And cheifs thame that ye pleifs !

Wa!d God I had that liberty,

That I might pairt, as weill as ye,

Without



A N D H I S W I F E. 7

Without the couftly law !
Nor I be ftickit with a knyfe,
For to wad ony uder wyfe
That day fawld nevir daw.

NUNTIUS.

War thy wyfe deid I fee thow wald be fane.

COTTER.
Ye, that I wald, fweit Sir, be Sana Fillane.

NUNTIUS.
Wald thow nocht mary fre hand ane.uder wyfe?

COTTER.

Na, than the dum Divill ftik me with ane knyfe !
Quha evir did mary agane, the feind mot fang thame
Bot, as the Preiftis dois, ay flryk in amang thame.

NUNTIUS.
Than thow mon keip thy cheftety, as effeiris;

COTTER,

I fall leif cheft as Abbottis, Monkis, and F reins.
Maifter, quhairto fowld I myfelf mifkary,
Quhan I, as Preiftis, may fwy ve, ad nevir mary ?

[Exit Nuntius.

B 4 SCENE



8 T H E A U L D M A N

SCENE II,

COTTER, WIFE.

WIFE.

Quhtiir hes thow bene, als ladrone Icwn $
Poyttand, and drinkand, in the toun 2
Qyha gaif the leif to cum fra hame ?

COTTER.
Ye gaif me leif, fair lucky Dame.

WYFE.
Quhy hes thow taryit heir fa lang*

COTTER.

I might not thrift oxv throw the thrang,
Till that yone mon the play preclamit.

WIFE.

Trowis thow that day, fals Cairle defaitiit I
To g ing to" Caspar to fee the play ?

COTTER.
Ye j that I will, Deme, gif I may.

WIFE.

Ka, I fafl curfi thairto fickerly ;
And thow fait byd at hame, and keip the ky.

COTTER,



ANDHISWIFE. *

COTTER.

Fair lucky Dame, that war grit fchame,
Gif I that day fovvld byid at bame.
Byid ye at hame ; for cum ye heir,
Ye will mak all the toun afteir.
Quhen ye ar fow cf barmy drink,
Bclyd vow nane may itand for ftink.
Thairfoir byid ye ar hame that day,
That I may cum and fee the play.

WIFE.

Fals Cairle, be God that fall thow nocht,
And all thy crackis fall be deir coft.
Su-yth Cairle fpeid the hame fpeidaly
Incontinent; and milk the ky,
And muk the Byre, erl cum haine.

COTTER.

All fall be done, fair kicky Dame.
I am fa drv, Dame, or J gae,
I mon ga drink ane penny, or twae.

WYFE.

The Divill a drew fall cuin in thy throte,
Speid hame, or I fall paik thy cote.
And to begin, fa!s Cairle, tak ihair ane plate.

COTTER.

The feind reflaif thehandis that gaif me that I
J befeik yow for Goddis faik, luckly Dame,
Ding me na mair ihL day til! I cum hame ;
f ban fall I put me evin into your wi!'.

WYFE.



10 THEAULDMAN

WYFE.
Or evirl ftynt, thowfall half ftraikis thy fill.

[Ileir fall the IVyJe ding the Car/e, and be Jail cry God&i
mercy,

COTTER.

Now wander and wa be to thame all thair 1 vvis,
The quhilk ar maryit with lie unhappy wyvis !

WYF.

I ken foure wyvis, fals ladrone loun,
Baldar nor I, dwelland in Cowpar loan.

COTTER.

Gif thay be war, ga thow and they togidder,
I pray God nor the feind reffaif the fidder.

[Exeunt.

SCENE III.
FYKLAW. The FULE.

FYKLAW of the Fute land.
Now mary heir is ane fellone rowt !
Speik, Schyr, quhat gait may I get owt ?
1 rew that I come heir.
My name, Schyr, wald ye undirftand,
Thay call me FIND^AVV of the Fute band:
A nobill man of weir.
Thair is na.fyifty in this land
Bot I dar ding thame hand for hand;
Se lit ane brand I beir.

5 Noch



ANDHISWIFE X1

Nocht lang fenfyne, befyd ane fyik,

Upoun the fonny fyd of ane dyk,

I flew with my richt hand

Ane thowfand, ye and ane thowfand to,

My fingaris yit ar blcdy lo !

And nane durft me ganefland.

Wit ye it dcis me mekill ill,

That can nocht get fechting my fill,

Noudir in peace, nor weir.

Will ne man, for thair ladyis fakis,

With me ftryk twenty markit ftraikis,

With halbart, fvvord, or fpeir?

Quhen Inglifmen come into this land,

Had I bene thair with my bricht brand,

Withowttyn ony help,

Bot myne allane, on Pynky Craiggis,

I fowld haif revin thame all in raggis,

And laid on fkelp for Ikelp.

Sen nane will fechr, I think it beft,

To ly doun heir and tak me reft ;

Than will I think nane ill.

I pray the Great God of his Grace

To fend us weir, and nevir peace,

That I may fecht my fill.

\llar I'aU he ly ih'un.

THE FULE.

My Lord, be him that ware the Crown rf tl-orne,
^, mair Cowarc was nevir len God was burue.

He



I* P fc T HE A U L D M A N

He lovis himfelf, and otrnr men he lakfcis,

I ken him vveill for al! his boifts and Crakks.

Howbeid he now be lyk ane Captane cled,

At Pyafy Cleivch he was the firtt that fled.

I tak on hand, or I fleir of this (kid,

This crakkand Carle to fie with ane fcheiphcid. .

SCENE IV.

The AULD MAN, BESSY his wife, COURTEOUS,

MERCHANT, CLERK, FUIL, FYNLAW.
[Heir fall the Auld Man cutn in Icidand bii U'jfe in aiie
danct*

AULD MAN.

BefTy, my hairt, I mon ly doun and fleip,
And in myne armc fee quyetly throw keip.
***'******* t



BESST.

My gud hufband * * * * *
I pray God fend yow grit honor and eifs.



\Htirfallbe '

********

fltif, anJfcbe fall fit lejyd kirn,

f Some pafiages in thefe interludes vye with the Lyfiftrata of
^riftophanes in obfcenity, and we have been obliged to caftrate
Pavid Lindfay.

THE



A N D H I S W I F E. 13

THE COURTEOUR.

Lufly Lady, I pray yow hairtfully,
Git me licence to beir yow cumpany.
Ye fie I am ane cumly courteour,
Quhilk nevir yit did v.oruan difconour.

MARCHAND.

My fair Maiftres, fweltar than the lammer,
Gif me licence to luge into your chammer.
I am the richeft Marchand in this toun :
Ye fall of filk half kirtill, hude, and goun.

CLERK.

I yow befeik, my lufly lady bricht,
To gif me leif to ly with yow all nicht.
And of your gouwan lat me fchut the lokkis^
And of fyne gold ye fall refiaif ane box.

FULE.

Fair Damefiell, how pleifs ye me ?
I haif na mair geir nor ye fie.
Swa lang as this may fteir, or ftand,
It fall be ay at your command.
Na it is the beft yat ever ye faw.

BESSY-
Now welcome to me aboif thame aw.

7 Ww



14. THEAULDMAN

Was nevir wyfe fa ftraitly rokkit.

******

FULE.

Thinkis he nocht fchame ; that Brybor

* * **** * *

BESSY.

Bot fe gif ye can mak remeid,
To fteill the key fra under his held.

FULE

That fall I do, withowttin dowt,
Lat fe gif I can get it owte.
Lo heir the key ! do quhat ye will.

BESSY.
Na than lat us ga play our fill.

[Heir fall they go tofum quiet place.

SCENE V.

FYNLAW, CLERK.

FYNLAW of the Futeband.
Will nane with me in France go to the weiris,
Quhair I am Captaue of ane hundreth fpeiris ?
I am fa hardy, fturdy, ftrang, and flout,
That ovvt of hell the Divill I dar ding owt.



CLERK.



AND HIS WIFE. 15

CLERK.

Gif thow be gude, or evill, I cannot tell,

Thay ar not fonfy that fo dois rule thame fell.

At Pyncky CIe*uucb t I knew richt woundir we; 11,

Thow gat na Creddence for to beir a Creill.

Sen fie as thow began to brawll and boiit,

The Commoun weill of Scotland hes bene loift.

Thow cry is for weir, bot I think peice war beft.

J pray to God till fend us piece and refr,

On that condition, that thow, and all thy Fallow is,

War be the Craigy'is heich hang'.t on the Gallowis,

Quha of this weir hes bene the foundament,

I pray to the grit God omnipotent,

That all the warld, and mae, mot on thame wounder,

Or ding thame deid with awtull fyre of thunder.

FYNLAW.

Domine Do&or, quhair will ye preich to morne ?
We will haif weir and all the warld had fworne.
Want we weir heir, I will ga pafs in France ,
Quhair I will get ane Lordly governance.

CLERK.

Sa quhat ye will, I think fewre peice is beft,
Quha wald haif weir God fend thame little reft !
Adew Crakkar, I will na langer tary;
I treft to fee the in ane firy fary.
I treft to God to fee the, and thy Fallowis,
Within few days hingand in Cowpar Gallowis.

f&ff.

FYiNLAW.



16 THEAULDMAtf

FYNDLAW.

Now art thow gane, the dum Divill be tky Gyd I
Yone Brybour was fa fleit, he d;jrft not byid.
Be woundis and paffionis had he fpokkm mare ane wotd,
I fovvld half hackat his held af with my (word.

[Exitt,

SCENE VI.

AULD MAN, BESSY, FUIL.

[Heir fall the Gudman ixalkin^ and cry for B<ffi
My bony BefTy, quhair art thow now ?
My wyfe is fallin on fleip I trow;
Quhair art thow, Befly, my awin fvveit thing,
My hony, my hairt, my dayis darling?
Is thair na man that faw my Befs,
I trow fche be gane to the mefs.
Beffy, my hairt, heiris thou not me ?
My joy cry peip \ quhair evir thow be.
Allace for evir now am I fey,
**********

Sche may call me in infeane lok
******

BESSY.
Quhat now^ Gudrnan ? quhat wald ye haiff ?

AULD MAN.

No thing, my hairt, bot yow I craif.
Ye half bene doand lum bufy wark.

BESSY,



ANDHISWYFE. 17

BESSY.

My hairt evin fewand yow anc fark,
Of Holland claith, baith quhytand tewch.
Lat pruve gif it be wyid anewch.

[Heir fall fcbe put the Sark over hit beid ; and the Pull
fall fteiU in tbt key agant*

AULDUAN.

It is ricbt verry weill, my hairt,

me, Lady, lat us nevir depairt.
Ye ar the fared of all the flok,
Quhair is the key, BESS, of my lok ?

BESSY.
Ye reve, Gudman, be Goddis breid,

1 faw yow lay it undir your heid.

AuLDMAN.

Be my gude faith, BESS, that is trew,
That I fufpeftit yow fair I rew.
I trew thair be na man in Fyffe^
That evir had fa gude an; wyfe,
My awin fweit hairt I had it belt,
That we fit down, and tak us reft.

SCENE VII.
FYNLAW, FUIL.

FYNLAVT.

Now is nocht this are grit difpyte,
That nane with rue will fecht, or flyte ?

C War



i8 T H E A U L D M A N,

War GOLTAS inro this fteid,
I dowt nocht to ftryk off his held.
This is the Avord that flew GRAY STEILL,
Nocht half a myle beyond Kynneill.
I was that nobi'l Campioun,
That flew Schyr BEWAS of SOWTH-HAMTOUN.
HECTOR of Troy, GAWYNE, or GOLIAS,
Had nevir half fa mekill hardinefs.

[Heir fall the FUILL cum in with anefthelp held on one
jlaff) and F y N L A w fall befieit.

Now, now, braid Benedicitt \

Quhat ficht is yone, Schyrs, that I fee.

In nomine Patrij et Fiiii t

I trow yone be the fpreit of GY.

Na, faith it is the fpreit of MARLING,

Or fum fche gaift or gyrgarling.

Allace for evir ! how fall I gyd me F

God fen I had ane hoill till hyd me !

But dowt my deid yone man hes fworne,

I trow yone be grit Gow MAK MORNE.

He gaippis, he glowris, howt welloway

Tak all my geir, and lat me gay !

Quhat fay ye, Suy wald ye haif my fwerd ?

Ye mary fall ye, at the firft word.

My gluvis of plaite, and knafpfkaw to;

Yowr preflbnar I yeild me, lo.

Tak thair my purfs, my belt, and knyfe

For Goddis faike, maifter, fave my lyfe.

Na now he cumis for to fla me ;

For Gods faik Sirs now keip him fre n^e t

I&e



ANDH1SWYFE* i;

1 fee nocht ellis bot tak and flae,
Now mak me rowme and lat me gae.

[Exeunt]*

NuNTIUS*

As for this day I half na mair to fay yow:
On Witfone tyfday cum fee our play 1 prey yow*
That famyne day is the SBVINT day of JUNE,
Thairfoir get up richt airly and difsjuine.
And ye Lady is, that hes na Ikant of ledder,
Or ye cum thair faill nocht to teme yowr bledden
I dreid, or we haif half done with our wark,
That fura of yow fall mak ane richt wait fark*



C a INTER'



INTERLUDE II.

HUMANITIE and SENSUALITIE.



PERSONS.

KING HUM AN i TIE, or Human Nature.
NUNTIUS or the Meflenger.
WANTONES -
PLACEBO I Male.

SOLLACE

Lady SENS UALI TIB.
HATMLINES. ^
DANGER i Female.

FrindJoNAT

GUPE

In Aft II. or rather a little Interlude,
CHASTITIE,
SOWTAR.
TAILOUR,
Their Wives.

JENNY the Tailoiu'i dochter,
DILIGENCE.



^

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J



H U M A N I T I E, &c. 23

HEIR begynnis Scljyr David Lindsay's play ; maid in.
the Grenefyd befyd Edinburgh : qubilk I writtin lot
fcborily be Inter ludis, levand the grave mater tbarof y
becatus tbe famyne abufe if weill reformit in Scot I id',
frayjit be God. Qubartbrow I omittittbat principal
mater, and writiin only fertane merry Inter ludit tbarebfy
verry plcjand^ begynniu* at tbefirfl part of Hue flay*

PROLOGUE.

NUNTIUS.

The FADER, foundar of faith, and fellchie,

That your faflbne formit to his fimiiitude,

And his SONE your Saviour, fcheild in neceffitie,

That bocht yow frome bailis, ranfonit on the rude,

Replegeing his priffonavis with his pretious blude ;

The HALY GAIST, governour and grandar of Grace,

Of wyfdome and weilfaire baith fountane and flude ;

Save yow all that I fe feifit in this place !

And fcheild yow from fyn ;

And with his fpreit yow enfpyre,

Till I haif fchawin my defyre.

Sylence Soverains, I requyre,

For now I begyn.

[faufa.

Pepill tak tent to me, and hald yow coy.
Heir am I fent to yow, ane meflengeir
From ane nobill and richt redowttit ROY,
The quhilk hes bene abfent this mony ane yeir.

C 4 HUMA-



a* HUMANITIEAND

HUM AN i TIE gif ye his 'name wald fpeir :

Quha bad me fchaw to yow, but variance,

That he intendis amang yow to compeir,

With ane triumphant awfull ordinance ;

With crown, and fword, and fceptour, in his hand,

Temperit with mercy, quhen penitence appeiris,

Howbeid that he hes bene brocht upoun thair Leiris.

Thocht yung Oppreffouris, at the gleeris leiri*,

Be now weill four of reformatioun.

Se no mifdoaris be fo bawld,
As to remane into this hawld.
For quhy, be him that Judas favvld,
Thay will be heich hangit.
Faithfull folk now may fing.
For quhy it is the bidding,
Of my Soverane the King,
That na man be wrangir.
Thocht he ane quhile novr in his flowris
Be governit be trumpowrii ;
And fumtyme to live paramouris
HaM him eicufyt.

For quhen he meitis with CORRECTIOUN,
WithVERETY, and DISCRETIOUN,
Thay will be baneift of the toun
Quhilk hes him abufyt.

And heir be oppen proclamatioun
I warne, in name of his magnificence,
The THRE ESTAITIS of this natioun,
That thay compeir with detfull diligence,
And till his grace mak thair obedience.

And



SENSUALITIE.
Andfcrft I warne the SPIRITUALITIE;
And fee the BURG is fpair nocht for expence,
Bot fpeid thame heir with TEMPORALITIE.

Als I befpeik yow, famous auditouris
Convenit into this congregatioun,
To be patient, the fpace of certane houris,
Till ye haif hard owr fchort narratioun.
And als we mak yow fupplicatioun.
Thai no man tak our wordis in difdane,
Howbeid ye heir be lamentatioun
The COMMOUN WEILL richt peteoufly complane.

Richt fo the virteous Lady VERETYE
Will mak an peteous lamentatioun ;
And for the trewth fche will impriflbnit be,
And banifeit a tyme owt of the toun.
And CHESTETY will mak hir narratioun,
How fche can get na luging in this land,
Till that the hevinly kincht CORRECTIOUN
Meit with our king, and commoun hand till hand.

Prudent Pepill, I pray yow all,
Tak no man greif in fpeciall;
For we fall fpeik in generall
For paftyme and for play.
Thairfoir till that our rymes be rung,
And our miflonit fongis be fung,
Lat every man keip weill his tung,
And every woman tway.



SCENE



26 H U M A N I T I E A N D

SCENE I.
KING HUMANITIE.

KING.

O LORD of LORDIS, and KING of KINGIS all,

Omnipotent off power, Prince but peir,

Eterne rignand in gloir celeftiall :

Unmaid makar, quhilk havand no mafeir

Maid hevin, erth, fyre, air, and watter cleir ;

Send me the grace, with peice perpetuall,

Sen thow hes gevin me dominatioun,

And rewill of pepill fubjeft to my ceur.

Be I nocht rewlit bs counfale and reffbun,

In dignitie I may nocht lang endeur.

J grant my ftait myfelf may noucht afleur,

Nor yit conferve my lyfe in fickernes :

Haif pety, Lord, of me thy createur

Supportand me in all my buffines !

I the requeift, quhilk rent was on the rude,

Me till defend from deidis of defame ;

That my pepill report of me bot gude,

And be my faifgaird, baith fra fyn and fchame,

I knaw my dayis indeuris but a drame :

Thairfoir, O Lord, hairtly I the exhort

Till gif me Grace till ufe my diadame

To thy plefour, and to my grit confort J



SCENE



SENSUALTTIE. *7

SCENE II.

KING HUMANITIE, WANTONES, PLACEBO.
Jieir fall the King * pafs to Royallfait^ and Jit nuith atte
grave countenance, ////WANTONES cum.

WANTONES.

My Soverane Lord, and Prince but peir,
Quhat garris yow mak la dreiry cheir ?
Be glaid fa lang as ye ar heir,
And pafs tyme with plefour.
For als langleivis the mirry man,
As the fory, for ocht he can.
His banis bitterly fall I ban
That dois yow difplefbur.
Sa lang as your Grace hes us in ceure,
Your prudence fall want na plefeur.
War SOLLACE heir, [ yow affeurc
He wald rejoifs this rowt.

PLACEBO.

Gude bruder, quhair is SOLLACE,
The Mirrour of all mirrenes ?
I haif mervill, be the mefs,
He tarryis fa lang.
Byd he away, we ar bot fchent.
I ferly how he fra us went.
I trow he hes impediment
That lattis him to gang.

* ThatisHvMANiTii, or HUMAN NATORE.

WAN-



at HUMANITIEAND

WANTONES.

IfeftSoLLACE, that idil loun,
Drinkand doun into the toun.
It will coift him half ane croun,
Thocht he had na mair.
And als he faid he wald gang fee
Fair Lady SENSUAL IT IE,
The beriall of bewtie,
And portratour preclair.

PLACEBO.

Be Gt)d I fe him at the laft,
As be war cheffit rynnand faft,
He glowris evin as he war agaft,
Or field for ane gaift.
Na, he is drunkin I trow,
I perCiive him vveill fow,
I ken be his creifhy mow
He hts bene at ane feill.

SCENE III.

THE FORMER PERSONS. SoLLACl.

SOLACE.

Now quh fa evir fie ane thrang ?
Me thocht fum faid I had gane wrang.
Had I help I wald fing ane fang
With ane mirry noyis.

I half



S E N S U A L I T I E. a*

I haif fie plefour at my halrt,

That garris me fing the tribill pairt;

Wald fum gude fallow fill the quairt,

That wald my hairt rejoyft.

Howbeid my coit be fchort and nipplt,

Thankit be God I am weill hippit,

Thocht all my gold may fone be gnpplt

Intill ane penny purfc.

Thocht I ane fervand Isng hes bene,

My purchefs is nocht worth ane prenc :

I may fing Peblis on the Grene^

For ocht that I may turfs.

Quhat is my name, can ye nocht gefs ?

Ken ye nocht SANDY SOLLACE ;

Thay callit my mider bony BESS

That duck betuene the Bovvis.

Off twelf yeir awld fche lelrd to fvvyve.

Thankit be the Grit God of lyve,

Sche maid me faderis four or fyvc.

But dowt this is na mowis.

Quhen ane wes deid I gat ane uder,

Wes nevir man had fa gud ane moder,

For fche hes maid me rreindis ane fudder,

Offlawit and leirir.

Sche is baith wyifs, worthy, and wicht,

For fche fpairis novvdir cuik now knicht ;
e four and twenty upcun ane nicht

Thair ene fche bleirit.

And ^if I ley, fch) rs ye ma fpelr.

Bat f aw ye nocht the KING cum heir?

I am ane fportour and playfcir

To



30 HUMANITIEAND

To that yung KING.
He faid he wald, within fchort (pace,
To pafs his fyme cum to this place.
I pray to God to gif him grace
And lang to ring !

PLACEBO.
SOLLACE, quhy tareit thovv fo lang ?

SOLLACE.

The feind a fafter I micht gang.
I micht not thrift owt throw the thrang,
Off wyvis fyftene fuder.
Than for to ryn I tuik an rink :
Bot I felt-nevir lie ane ftink.
For our Lordis luve gif me ane drink.
PLACEBO my Bruder.

{Heir fall Placebo gif Sollace ane drink.

KING.

My fervand SOLLACE, quhat gart yow tary ?
SOLLACE.

I wait nocht, Schyr, be fweit fant Mary.

I haif bene in ane fery fary,

Or ellis intill ane tranfs.

Schyr, I haif fene, I yow afleur,

The fareft erdly createure,

That evir vveis formit be nateur

And moifl till advance.

T



S E N S U A L I T I E. 31

To link on hir is grit delyte,

With lippis reid, and checkis quhyte.

I vvaid gif all this warld quyte

To ftand in hir grace.

Sche is wantone, and fch.e is wyifs ;

And cled upoun the new gyifs.

It wald gar all your flefche arryiis

To luikon hir face.

Wer I ane king it fbwld be kend,

I fowld not fpair on hir to fpend.

And this fame nicht for hir till fend

For my plefour.

Quhat raik of yowr profperetie,

Gif ye want SENSUALIT.E ?

I wald not gif ane flane fle

For your trefour.

KING.



Forfuth, my freind, I think ye ar nocht wyifs

Till counfale me to brek commandiment,

DirecVit be the Prince of parradyis.

Coniidering ye knaw that myne entcnt

Is for till be to God obedient ;

Quha dois forbid men to be licheroufs.

Do t nocht fo perchance I fall repent.

Thairfoir I think your counfale odiufs,

The quhilk ye gif me till.

Becaufs I half bene, to this dae,

Tanquam tabula rnfa j

Quhilk is als mekle for till fac

&ady for gud and ill.

WAN.



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WANTONES.

Beleif ye that we will begyle yow
Or from your vertew for till wyle yow ?
Or with evill counfale for till fyle yow.
Bot, into gude and evill,
To tak your gratis pairt we grant,
In all your deids participant,
So ye be nocht ane ouir yung fantt,
Andfyneane awld Divill.

Beleif ye, Schyr, that lichery be fyn ?
Na trow nocht that : this is my reafone quhy.
Firft at the Romane court will ye begyn,
Quhilk is the lemand lamp of Lichery :

Quhair Cardinallis and Byfchoppis generaly

To !uve Ladyis thay think ane plefand fport,

And owt of Rome hes baneift CHESTETY,

Quha with our Prellattis can get la refort.

Schyr, quhill ye get ane prudent quene,

I think your majefty ferene

Suld half ane lufty concubene,

To play yow with all.

For 1 ken be your qualitie

Ye want the gift of Chefletie,

Fall to in nomine Domini,

For this is my counfall.

PLACEBO.

Schyr, fend furth SANDY SOLACE, ; '
Or ellis^your mynyeoun WANTONNESS,
And pray my Lady Pryores


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