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authenticity. But the materials whence Torfaus collected his information, were not then known. Our own more early accounts state nothing that would lead us to suppose, that a battle of such decisive importance had taken place. These are the Chronicles of Melrose and of Man. They merely mention the failure of Haco's expedition.
St. XVII. and XVIII. were not in the first edition.
St. XVII. Full towns the shynand day.
St. XVIII. To me nae after day nor nicht
With him nae pleiding micht prevail,
Braif Hardyknute to gain,
Dr Clerk's MS.
Nor strave he lang in vain;
After which, he adds the following stanza:
Before our country's fae.
The fields of stryfe frae mang,
St. XX. XXI. and XXII. These were not in the first edition.
St. XXI. Thenfurth he drew his trusty glaive,
Milton, Paradise Lost. St. XXII. To join his king, adoun the hill
Dr Clerk's MS.
St. XXIII. The arrows dart the trie.
St. XXXI. Norse ene lyke gray gosehauk's, staird wyld. The boy stared wild, like a gray goss-hawk. Fause Foodrage.—See Scott's Minstrelsy, Vol. II. p. 80, with the note on the line.
St. XXXVI. After this, the following lines were inserted in Dr Clerk's MS.: Now darts flew wavering throw slaw speed,
Scarce could they reach their aim,
Twas all but shot in vain.
Sair wrecked wi' that day's toils;
And cursed war's cruel broils.
Yet still war's horn sounded to charge,
Swords clashed, and harness rang;
The hills and dales frae mang.
Nor the lang-winding horn;
Did e'er that summer's morn.
These stanzas, and other variations already quoted, were left in the hand-writing of Dr John Clerk of Edinburgh, the intimate friend of Lord President Forbes, and were communicated by his son to Dr Percy. See Reliques, Vol. II. p. 94,
%* The three last stanzas were added in the second edition, in the " Evergreen."
SIR PATRICK SPENS.
Haco, king of Norway, after the battle of Largs, retreated with the remains of his fleet to Orkney, where he died. In consequence of the unfortunate issue of his expedition, his son Magnus agreed to a peace, by which the island of Man, and the Hebrides, were ceded to Scotland; and soon after he gave his son Eric in marriage to Margaret, daughter of Alexander III. On the death of the Scottish monarch, in 1286, the crown descended to his grand-daughter Margaret, called the