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Paisley:
ALEX. GARDNER.
GLASGOW, D. ROBERTSON ; EDINBURGH, OLIVER & BOYD ;

LONDON, LONGMANS, GREEN, & co.

MDCCCLXXII.

Bot quhat dangere is ocht to compile, allace:
Berand thir detractouris in eury place,
Or euer thayredethewerk, biddisbirnethebuke:
Sum bene sa frawart in malice and wangrace,
Quhat is wele sayd thay loif not worth ane ace,
Bot castis them euir to spy out falt and cruke;
Al that thay fynd in hiddillis, hírne or nuke,
Thay vlaw out, sapand in eury mannis face,
Lo here he failzeis, lo here he leis, luke,

quha list syt doun and mote, Ane Øthir sayaris faltis to spy and note, Than but offence or falt thame self to wryte ; Bot for to chyde sum bene so birnand hote, Vald thaythare pece, the worde wald scald thare

throte, And has sic custume to jangil and backbyte, That,bot thay schent, sumthay suld birgt for syte : E say no more quhen al the rerde is roung, That wicht mon speik, that cannot bald his toung.

Gawin Douglas.

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