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He brandeist lyk a beir ;
All bodin in feir of weir4.
Frawart was thair affeir7.
uder with brands beft, Some jaggit uthers to the hefto
With knyves that scherp coud scheir 10.
Hid malice and dispyte,
With fenyiet wordis quhytes.
* Boasters, braggarts, and bullies. After him passed in pairs. 4 All arrayed in feature of war.-5 In coats of armour and bonnets of steel. Their legs were chained to the heel.(Probably it means covered with iron net-work.). Fróward was their aspect. 8 Some struck upon others with brands.-9 Some stuck others to the bilt. -10 With knives that sharply could mangle.
V. i Followed Envy.---> Filled full of quarrel and felony.—3 For privy hatred that traitor trembled.- Him followed many a dissembling renegado.-5 With feigned words fair or white_6 And fatterers to men's faces.--7 And backbiters of sundry races.
To ley that had delytes,
Of thame can nevir be quyte".
Next him in dance cam Cuvatyce',
That nevir cowd be content,
All with that warlo went5.
As fyre flaucht maist fervent&;
With gold of all kind prent 19.
Syne Sweirness at the second bidding
8 To lie that had delight. With spreaders of false lies.-- 10 Alas that courts of noble kings._11 Of them can never be rid.
VI. · Covetousness. Root of all evil and ground of vice, 3 Catives, wretches, and usurers.-4 Misers, hoarders, and gatherers.—5 All with that worldling went. -6 Out of their throats they shot on (each) other.-7 Hot molten gold, methought, a vast quantity.—8 Like fire flakes most fervid.-9 Ay as they emptied themselves of shot.
:-10 With gold of all kind of coin. VII. 1 Then Sloth at a second bidding. Came like a sow from a dunghill.
Full slepy wes his grunyies. Mony sweir bumbard belly-huddroun“, Mony slute daw and slepy duddroun",
Him servit ay with sounyie. He drew thame furth intill a chenyie?, And Belial with a brydill rennyies,
Ever lascht thame on the lunyie'. In dance they war so slaw of feit 10 They gaif them in the fyre a beit",
And maid theme quicker of counyie 12.
And Idleness did him leids
That had in sin bene deid 5. Quhen they wer enterit in the daunce, Thay wer full strange of countenance,
Lyk Turkas burnand reid.
3 Full sleepy was his grunt.-4 Many a lazy glutton.--5 Many a drowsy sleepy sluggard.—6 Him served with care.—7 He drew them forth in a chain. 8 And Belial with a bridle rein,-9 Ever lashed them on the back.10 In dance they were so slow of feet. - They gave them in the fire a heat.- - 12 And made them quicker of apprehension.
VIII. 1 Then Lechery, that loathsome body.-— Rearing like a stallion. And Idleness did him lead. 4 There was with him an ugly sort.—5 That had been dead in sin.- When they were entered in the dance - Like pincers burning red.
To dance syn did him dress> ;
In surfeit and excess.
In creisch that did incress? ;
Their lovery wes na less'.
By day and eke by nicht",
And enterit by brief of richt6.
IX. 1 Of womb insatiable and greedy.—2 To dance then addressed himself.--3 Him followed many a foul drunkard. - Different names of drinking vessels.—5 Full many a wasteless sot.6 With bellies unwieldable did drag forth. In grease that did increase. The fiends gave them hot lead to lap. -9 Their love of drinking was not the less.
X. 1 No minstrels without doubt. For gleemen nere were kept out.3 By day and by night.—4 Except a minstrel that slew a man. So till he won his inheritance. And entered by letter of right.
Far northwart in a nuke,
In hell grit rume they tuke:
And rowp like revin and ruke 6.
He smurit thame with smuke 8.
XII. 1 Then cried Satan for a highland pageant. The name of some highland laird. 3 Far northward in a nook.-4 By the time that he had raised the Correnoth or cry of help.—5 Highlanders so gathered about him.-6 And croaked like ravens and rooks.—7 The devil was so deafened with their yell. He smothered them with smoke.