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Megalophias His Page - Ledall Ms. Modernized
Ledall (Additional Ms. 39564) Modernized


Originally transcribed by Russ Mitchell.

I am no expert and this modernization may be incorrect. Where I was particularly unsure of a word I have included the original in square brackets.

Flourishes and the Laying Down
Chases
Points of the Counter


The First Flourish

A quarter fair before you delivered at ??? hand voiding back the right foot with an ??? quarter with both hands. A downright stroke voiding back the left foot standing still play 3 rakes light ???ing by the elbows with a quarter fair before you with both hands And yet another with 2 turns and ??? downright stroke voiding back the left foot still standing playing smite 3 rakes with a quarter fair before you And 2 quarters after with 2 turns. A downright stroke setting forth your right foot as forward your left with a broken foin upon the left side another on your right side turning your sword under your right arm... your same side with a broken foin upon your left side another on the right side turning your sword put [fote] the point soft before you upon the ground.

The Second Flourish

A quarter fair before you with one hand standing still ??? your right leg with a dragon's tail then set the left hand upon your sword smiting a quarter fair before you with one hand turning your body set in your right leg as fore as your left bringing the point of the sword over your head set it down [sote he do ynd] softly before you upon your ground then stand still play your rakes upon any [ony] side upon as oft as you will resting upon your right arm then smite a downright stroke voiding your left leg bringing after the right leg with a rake lift up your sword over your head bring forth your right leg as fore as your left play a broken foin upon every side turning the sword over the right arm setting the point softly before you on the ground.

The Laying Down of Your Sword

A proffer to his face following in with your [???] right leg with a rake standing still smite a quarter fair before you with another after, voiding back the right leg then smite a downright stroke voiding back the left leg with a rake following in with the right leg, lifting up your hands over your right shoulder turning again set in your right leg before your left softly lay down your sword.


The First Chase

A full stroke a fore foin with a quarter lightly delivered And if it be twice played it will bring you again to your ground

The Second Chase

A double round with a back foin and a quarter lightly delivered And it be twice played it will bring you again to your ground.

The Third Chase

A double round forward another backward A downright stroke voiding back the left leg a back foin voiding back the right leg following in with the left leg smite a quarter backward And if it be twice played it will bring you to your ground.

The Fourth Chase Called The Bowed [Bewne] Foin

A double rounds forward another backward a downright stroke voiding back the left leg A back foin with a bow foin voiding back with the right leg lightly smite a quarter

The Fifth Chase Called At The Rounds

Two double rounds forward and there follows [or their fellows, ther folowes] contrary all to your [???] man and if you play it again it will bring you to your ground.

The Sixth Chase Called The Tumbling Chase

Two double rounds forward with as many backward all upon the left foot lightly delivered then tumble forward round as a ball that is to say with a downright stroke set forward the right foot bringing the sword over your head void back the left foot with another downright stroke followed with the right foot then bring back the same foot with a back foin set in the left foot and smite back a quarter.

The Seventh Chase

A full stroke a fore foin followed with a quarter playing a broken foin upon the right side another on the left side thrust forth a fore foin followed with 2 quarters with the said broken foins played on every side thrust forth a fore foin at his face voiding back with 2 quarters.

The Eighth Chase Called The Spring

A full stroke a fore foin setting forth the left foot with the left hand smite a spring voiding back the same foot with a full stroke then play a back foin with another spring voiding back the left foot with a full stroke then void back the right foot and play a double foin with a spring voiding back the left foot with a full stroke playing another double foin with a spring voiding back the left foot with a full stroke and a back foin.

The 9th Chase Called The Four Points

A downright stroke voiding back the left leg suddenly play a rake followed with the right leg standing still play a quarter fair before you then set in the left leg and smite back a quarter.

The 10th Chase Called the 2 Points

A downright stroke voiding back the left foot suddenly play a rake followed with the right foot then void back the left leg with another downright stroke and play a back foin voiding back the right leg step in with the left leg and smite back a quarter.

The 11th Chase Called 3 Points

A rake upon the right side standing still smite a quarter voiding back the right leg strike another after.

The 12th Called the Points (???)

A downright stroke voiding back with the left leg lightly play a rake followed with the right leg then void back same leg suddenly play a quarter

The 13th Called The Getting Chase

A quarter fair before you with both hands standing still play a proffer at his face following with your rakes backward smite a spring turning with a full stroke following with your rakes before you smite a quarter turning your body play 2 quarters all upon the left foot.


The First Point Of The Counter

A proffer at his face standing still then set in the right leg with a rake and a quarter voiding back the same leg with another quarter then void back your left leg and stand at your stop.

The Second Counter Called The Full Spring

A proffer a rake with a quarter another void lightly smite a full spring setting in the right leg with a quarter and another void be at your stop.

The Third Counter Called The Short Spring With Falling Stroke

A proffer a rake with a quarter another void standing still a short spring with a falling stroke then set in the right leg with a quarter another void and be at your stop

[Note that here the paragraphs in the original are out of order]

The 4th Called The Rabett With A Downright Stroke

A proffer a rake with a quarter set in your left leg with a rabett then set in your right leg with a downright stroke with both hands with a foin and a quarter with another void be at your stop.

The 5th Point Called The 3 Quarters

A proffer a rake with a quarter full standing still play another void above his head with another at his leg then void back the right leg with another quarter and be at your stops.

The 6th Point Called The Cross Rake

A proffer a cross rake with a foin at his face with a quarter full and another a void be at your stop.

The 7th Point Called The Downright Stroke

A proffer a rake with a quarter Another A void a downright stroke followed with the right leg then standing still lightly play a fore foin with a quarter and another void be at your stops.

The 8th Called The Rabett With A Downright Stroke

A proffer a rake with a quarter a void a downright stroke followed the right leg with a fore foin setting in the left leg lightly play a rabett then set in the right leg with a downright stroke a foin with a quarter another a void be at your stop.

The 9th Called The Double Round With 2 Foins

A double round forward with a foin at his face Another at his belly standing still play a quarter full with another void be at your stops.

The 10th Called the Snatch

A proffer a rake with a quarter full voiding back the right leg with the left hand smite a snatch then void back your left leg and be at your stop.

The 11th Called The Short Spring With 2 Foins Following

A proffer a rake with a quarter full another void lightly playing a short spring voiding back the left leg set hands upon the sword setting up a foin by the left shoulder bring it forth before you set in your left leg with such another foin at his face followed with the right leg lightly play a quarter full with another void and be at your stop.

The 12th Point Called The Fool

A proffer a rake with a quarter full and another A void standing still lightly with the left hand to his head caste a fool then set in your right leg and smite a quarter full with another void be at your stop.

The 13th Point Called The Downright Stroke Standing Still

A proffer a rake with a full quarter another a void above his head standing still move your body bringing your sword over your right shoulder lightly smite a downright stroke at his head with a foin and a full quarter with another void be at your stop.

[Note that the title of the 14th Point actually fits the 15th Point text, while the 15th Point title fits the text of the first of the two sequences under the 16th Point heading. It seems likely that the writer made an error here, and the 14th Point should have another name; also, there are 24 Points, not 23.]

The 14th Point Called The Broken Spring With The Foin


A proffer a rake with a full quarter another a void then softly set in your right leg be at your stop. That done set in your left leg with a rabett fair above his head lightly set in your right leg with a downright stroke at his head with a foin and a full quarter with another a void be at your stop.

The 15th Called The Turning Quarter

A proffer a rake with a quarter another a void standing still hold your sword with both hand and bend your body as you will smite a full spring then loose your right hand with the left hand thrust forth the foin at his side setting in the right leg lightly with a full quarter another a void [wyde] be at your stop.

The 16th And The Defence That Nowt Shalt ????

A proffer a rake with a quarter full with another quarter largely a void then lightly turn your body with a full quarter another void be at your stop.

A proffer a rake with a full quarter then loose your left hand from your sword voiding back your right leg bring it back with your right hand fair before your breast ready to foin and run in with a rake and a full quarter playing the same play twice then bring back again your sword with the said right hand and leg And smite a full spring lightly with a full quarter And another A void and be at your stop.

The 17th Called The Double Spring

A proffer a rake a full quarter with another a void lightly cast out a full short spring at his face standing still when the sword comes about off your head ??? it with your right hand at your right shoulder then lightly smite a full spring with a full quarter another a void be at your stop.

The 18th Called The Double Rabett

A proffer a rake with a full quarter lightly set in the left leg with a rabett standing still lightly play another rabett with a full spring at his leg other ??? set in the right leg with a downright stroke at his head and a full quarter another a void and be at your stop.

The 22nd Called The Large Proffer With A Rabett (???) Is a Fore Quarter

A proffer large standing still lightly play a rabett at his leg low by the ground then lightly set in the right leg with a quarter and smite him to the ground then void back the same leg and be at your stops.

The 23rd Called The Facing With The Spring

Also standing at your defence when your enemy begins to come in with a proffer look steadfastly in his face and ??? set in your left leg cross before your right leg lightly smiting a full spring at his leg and then a void a back your left leg and be at your stop. ???ther foot set in the right with a full quarter and another void and be at your stop.

The Stopping Rabetts

Also standing at your defence with your spright enemy when he begins to play a proffer lightly set in your left leg with a rabett voiding back. voiding back the same leg be at your stop. Other else when your enemy plays a proffer with a rake and begins to pluck back his sword to set a quarter lightly set in your left leg with the said rabett then void back the same leg and be at your stops.

The Dragon's Tail With a Pendant

A proffer with a rake standing still with your right hand play a void quarter above his head and as the sword waves about. On your head set in your left foot then lightly with the right hand and foot thrust forth a foin at his face standing still lightly bring back your sword with both hands and thrust a bow foin at his belly, then smite a full [???] quarter And another void And be at your stops.


[The original transcriber notes that there are two or three additional verses at the end of the text, but the copy is indecipherable. These paragraphs have now been transcribed and webbed by Terry Brown.]

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