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Begowth to leip at anis.
Like to mak vaistie wainiss;
His kethat for the nanis.
They girnd with hyddous granis",
yet leuch never Mahòun, Quhill priestis cum with bair schevin nekks“, Then all the feynds lewche and made gekks,
Black-Belly and Bawsy-Browno.
3 Began to leap at once. With hair combed back (and) bonnet to one side.—5 Likely to make wasteful wants.—6 Like a wheel.7 Hung all iu rumples to the heel. His cassock for the nonce.9 Many a proud impostor with him tripped.—10 Through scalding fire as they skipt... 11 They grinned with hideous groans.
III. · Holy harlots in haughty guise. Came in with many sundry masks.-3 But yet Satan never laughed. -A While priests came with their bare shaven necks.—5 Then all the fiends laughed and made signs of derision.—6 Names of fiends.
IV. 1 Then Ire came with trouble and strife,
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.
Next in the dance followit Invy',
Hid malice and dispyte,
With fenyiet wordis quhyte 5.
· Boasters, braggarts, and bullies. After him passed in pairs.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.).-) Froward was their aspect.8 Some struck upon others with brands.-9 Some stuck others to the hilt.—10 With knives that sharply could mangle.
V. Followed Envy.-Filled full of quarrel and felony.-3 For privy hatred that traitor trembled.-4 Him followed many a dissembling renegado.—5 With feigned words fair or white_6 And flatterers to men's faces.--7 And backbiters of sundry races.
To ley that had delyte ,
Of thame can nevir be quyte".
Next him in dance cam Cuvatyce',
That nevir cowd be content,
All with that warlo went 5.
As fyre flaucht maist fervent 8 ;
With gold of all kind prent 10.
Syne Sweirness at the second bidding' Com lyk a sow out of a midding”,
8 To lie that had delight.-9 With spreaders of false lies.—10 Alas that courts of noble kings.—11 Of them can never be rid.
VI. 1 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.— Like fire fakes 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.
Him servit ay with sounyie.
Ever lascht thame on the lungie'.
And maid theme quicker of counyie 12.
And Idleness did him leids
That had in sin bene deid 5.
Lyk Turkas burnand reid?.
3 Full sleepy was his grunt.--4 Many a lazy glutton. Many a drowsy sleepy sluggard.—6 Him served with care.— 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.
1 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.-7 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.—4 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. 'No minstrels without doubt.--For gleemen there were kept out.--3 By day and by night.--4 Except a ninstrel that slew a man.-5 So till he won his inheritance. And entered by letter of right.