John Barbour

Here you will find the Long Poem The Brus Book 20 of poet John Barbour

The Brus Book 20

King Robert in Northumberland] 

Sone eftre that the erle Thomas 
Fra Wardaill thus reparyt was 
The king assemblyt all his mycht 
And left nane that wes worth to fycht, 
5 A gret ost than assemblit he 
And delt his ost in partis thre. 
A part to Norame went but let 
And a stark assege has set 
And held thaim in rycht at thar dyk, 
10 The tother part till Anwyk 
Is went and thar a sege set thai, 
And quhill that thir assegis lay 
At thir castellis I spak off ar, 
Apert eschewys oft maid thar war 
15 And mony fayr chevalry 
Eschevyt war full douchtely. 
The king at thai castellis liand 
Left his folk, as I bar on hand 
And with the thrid ost held hys way 
20 Fra park to park hym for to play 
Huntand as all hys awn war, 
And till thaim that war with him thar 
The landis off Northummyrland 
That neyst to Scotland war liand 
25 In fe and heritage gave he, 
And thai payit for the selys fe. 

[The peace with England] 

On this wys raid he destroyand 
Quhill that the king of Ingland 
Throu consaill of the Mortymar 
30 And his moder that that tym war 
Ledaris of him that than young wes 
To King Robert to tret off pes 
Send messyngeris, and sua sped thai 
That thai assentyt on this way 
35 Than a perpetuale pes to tak, 
And thai a mariage suld mak 
Off the King Robertis sone Davy 
That than bot fyve yer had scarsly 
And off Dame Jhone als off the Tour 
40 That syne wes of full gret valour, 
Systre scho wes to the ying king 
That had Ingland in governyng, 
That than of eild had sevyn yer. 
And monymentis and lettrys ser 
45 That thai of Ingland that tyme had 
That oucht agayn Scotland maid 
Intill that tretys up thai gaff, 
And all the clame that thai mycht haff 
Intill Scotland on ony maner, 
50 And King Robert for scaithis ser 
That he to thaim off Ingland 
Had done off wer with stalwart hand 
Full twenty thousand pund suld pay 
Off silver into gud monay. 
55 Quhen men thir thingis forspokyn had 
And with selis and athis maid 
Festnyng off frendschip and of pes 
That never for na chaunc suld ces, 
The mariage syne ordanyt thai 
60 To be at Berwik and the day 
Thai haff set quhen that this suld be, 
Syne went ilk man till his countre. 
Thus maid wes pes quhar wer wais ar 
And thus the segis raissyt war. 

[The marriage of the king's son, David] 

65 The King Robert ordanyt to pay 
The silver, and agane the day 
He gert wele for the mangery 
Ordane quhen that his sone Davy 
Suld weddyt be, and Erle Thomas 
70 And the gud lord of Douglas 
Intill his steid ordanyt he 
Devisouris of that fest to be, 
For a malice him tuk sa sar 
That he on na wis mycht be thar. 
75 His malice off enfundeying 
Begouth, for throuch his cald lying 
Quhen in his gret myscheiff wes he 
Him fell that hard perplexite. 
At Cardros all that tyme he lay, 
80 And quhen ner cummyn wes the day 
That ordanyt for the weddyn was 
The erle and the lord of Douglas 
Come to Berwik with mekill far 
And brocht young Davy with thaim thar, 
85 And the queyn and the Mortymer 
On other part cummyn wer 
With gret affer and reawte, 
The young lady of gret bewte 
Thidder thai brocht with rich affer. 
90 The weddyn haf thai makyt thar 
With gret fest and solempnyte, 
Thar mycht men myrth and glaidschip se 
For rycht gret fest thai maid thar 
And Inglismen and Scottis war 
95 Togidder in joy and solace, 
Na fellouné betwix thaim was. 
The fest a wele lang tym held thai, 
And quhen thai buskyt to far away 
The queyn has left hyr douchter thar 
100 With gret riches and reale far, 
I trow that lang quhile na lady 
Wes gevyn till hous sa richely, 
And the erle and the lord Douglas 
Hyr in daynte ressavyt has 
105 As it war worthi sekyrly 
For scho wes syne the best lady 
And the fayrest that men thurft se. 
Eftre this gret solemnyte 
Quhen of bath half levys war tane 
110 The queyn till Ingland hame is gane 
And had with hyr Mortymar. 
The erle and thai that levyt war 
Quhen thai a quhill hyr convoyit had 
Towart Berwik again thai raid, 
115 And syne with all thar cumpany 
Towart the king thai went in hy, 
And had with thaim the young Davy 
And Dame Jhone als that young lady. 

[Coronation of David, settlement of the succession] 

The king maid thaim fair welcumyng 
120 And efter but langer delaying 
He has gert set a parleament 
And thidder witth mony men is went, 
For he thocht he wald in his lyff 
Croun his young sone and his wyff 
125 And at that parleament sua did he. 
With gret fayr and solemnyte 
The King Davy wes crownyt thar, 
And all the lordis that thar war 127 
And als off the comynyte 128 
130 Maid him manredyn and fewte. 129 
And forouth th