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The rebellion of Donald prince of Limerike, and of the taking of the citie of Limerike.

IN the meane while, Donald O Brin prince of Limerike waxed verie insolent, and nothinig regarding his former promise and oth made to the king. began & did withdraw his fealtie andl seruice. Wherevpon Reimond mustering his armie, gathered and picked out the best and lustiest men lwhicl he had. And hauing twentie and six gentlemen, three hundredl horssemen, and thrée hundred bown en and footmen in readinesse and well appoinited, about the kalends of October marched towards Limerike to assaile the same. When they came thither the riuer of the Shenin, which inuironeth and runneth round about the citie, they found the same to be so déepe and stikle, that they could not passe ouer the same But the lustie yoong gentlemen who were gréedie to haue the prele, but more desirous to haue the honor, were in a great agonie and gréefe, that they were thus abarred from approching to assaile the citie. Wherevpon one (1) Dauid Welsh so named of his familie and kinred, although otherwise a Camber or a Wel-hman borne, and nephue vnto Reimond. who was a lustie and valiant yoong soldior, and a verie tall man aboue all the rest, was verie hot and impatient that they so long lingered the time about nothing. Wherevpon hauing a greater regard to win fame and honor, than fearing of anie perill or death, taking his horsse and putting his spurres to his sides aduentureth the water, which being verie stikle and full of stones and rocks was the more dangerous: but et he so wiselie marked the course of the streame, and so aduised and guided his horsse, that he passed the riuer, and safelie recouered the further side: and then he cried out alowd to his comnpanie, that he had found a foord: but for all that there was neuer a one that would follow, sauing one Geffreie.

But they both returning backe againe to conduct ouer the whole companie, the said Geffreie, his horsse being caried awaie with the violence of the streanme, they were both drowned. Which when Meilerius (who was also come thither) did sée, he began to fret with himselfe, partlie for that his cousine & kinsman of so noble an enterprise had so bad a successe: partlie also disdaining that anie should atchiue to honor but himselfe. Wherevpon being mounted vpon a lustie strong horsse, setteth spurre to his side, and being neither dismaied with the stiklenesse and danger of the water, nor afraied with the mishap fallen to the gentlemen, who was then drowned, more rashlie than wiselie aduentureth the riuer & recouereth the turther side & banke. The citizens some of them watching and méeting him at the waters side, and some standing vpon the towne wals fast by the riuer side, minding and meaning to haue driuen him backe againe, or to haue killed him in the place, hurled stones a good pace vnto him. But this noble and lustie gentleman, being thus sharpelie and hardlie beset in the middle of perils and dangers, his enimies on the one side hardlie assailing, and the riuer on the other side stopping and closing him vp from all rescue, standeth to his tackle, and as well as he could couering his head with his shield, defendeth and saueth himselfe from his enimies. Whilest they were thus bickering there was great showting and noise on both sides of the water. But Reimond being then the generall of the field, and in the rereward, knowing nothing heroeof, as soone as he heard of it, came in all hast through the campe vnto the waters side. Where when he saw his nephue on the other side, to be in the middle of his enimies, and like to be vtterlie cast awaie and destroied vnlesse he had some spéedie helpe and succour, was in a maruellous griefe & agonie, & verie sharplie crieth and calieth out to bis men, as followeth.

(1) This Welsh was so called, the same being the name of his familie and kindred, and not of the countrie of Wales, whlerein he was borne. He was a woorthie gentlenman, and of his race there are yet remaining manie good and woorthie gentlemen, who are chieflie abiding in the prouince and citie of Watertord: for there were they first planted.

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