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All Scotland then throughe manly feats
I conquered with my hand.
Ireland, Denmarke, Norway,
These countryes wan I all;
And made their kings my thrall.
I conquered all Gallya,
That now is called France;
My honor to advance.
And the ugly gyant Dynabus
Soe terrible to vewe,
By force of armes I slew :
And Lucyus the emperour of Rome
I brought to deadly wracke;
For feare did turne their backe:
Five kinges of 'paynims' I did kill
Amidst that bloody strife;
Who alsoe lost his liffe.
Ver. 39. Froland field, MS. Froll, according to the Chronicles, was a Roman knight governor of Gaul. Ver, 41. Danibus, MS.
Ver. 49. of Pavye, MS.
Whose Whose carcasse I did send to Rome 20
Cladd poorlye on a beere;
The next approaching yeere.
Then I came to Rome, where I was mett
Right as a conquerour,
I was crowned an emperour.
One winter there I made abode :
Then word to mee was brought
What treason he had wrought
Att home in Brittaine with my queene ;
Therfore I came with speede
To quitt that traiterous deede :
And soone at Sandwiche I arrivde,
Where Mordred me withstoode : But yett at last I landed there,
With effusion of much blood.
For there my nephew sir Gawaine dyed,
Being wounded in that sore, The whiche sir Lancelot in fight
Had given him before.
There all the traiterous men were slaine,
Not one escapte away ;
Alas! that woefull day!
Two and twenty yeere I ware the crowne
In honor and great fame;
Deprived of the same.
A DYTTIE TO HEY DOWNE.
Copied from an old MS. in the Cotton Library, (Vesp.
Or causse the floods bend to his wyll,
To change things frame by cunning skyll :
5 Thoughe that his laboure be in vaine.
Who strives to breake the sturdye steele,
Or goeth about to staye the sunne ;
Which never can by force be done :
Who thinks to stryve against the streame,
And for to sayle without a maste;
forelorne and waste;
So he lykewise, that goes about
To please eche eye and every eare,
A golden gyft with hym to beare;
God grant eche man one to amend;
God send us all a happy place;
That we may have our princes grace: