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THOMAS OF ERSSELDOTOfE. 97
success."—Mr. Halliwell has republished the Cambridge text in his Fairy Mythology, (p. 58,) and he cites a fourth manuscript, which, however, appears to be of slight importance.
THOMAS OF ERSSELDOUNE.
Lystnys, lordyngs, bothe grete and smale, And takis gude tente what I will say: I sail yow telle als trewe a tale, Als euer was herde by nyghte or daye:
And the maste meruelle fforowttyn naye, 5 That euer was herde byfore or syen, And therfore pristly I yow praye, That ye will of youre talkyng blyn.
It es an harde thyng for to saye,
Of doghety dedis that hase bene done; 10
Of felle feghtyngs and batells sere ;
And how that knyghtis hase wonne thair schone.
Bot Jhesu Christ, that syttis in trone, Safe Ynglysche men bothe ferre and nere ; And 1 sail telle yow tyte and sone, is
Of battells done sythen many a yere ;
And of batells that done sail bee ;
In whate place, and howe and whare ;
And wha sail hafe the heghere gree;
And whethir partye sail hafe the werre; 20 vol. 1. 7