Child's, The English And Scottish Ballads

Volume 1 of 8 from 1860 edition

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ST. STEPHEN AND HEROD.                317
He kyst adoun the bores bed, and went into the halle:                                                              s
" I forsake the, kyng Herowdes, and thi werkes alle.
" I forsak the, kyng.Herowdes, and thi werkes alle: Ther is a chyld in Bedlem born is beter than we alle."
" Quhat eylyt the, Stevene ? quhat is the befalle ?
Lakkyt the eyther mete or drynk in kyng
Herowdes halle ? "                                        10
" Lakit me neyther mete ne drynk in kyng
Herowdes halle: Ther is a chyld in Bedlem born is beter than we
alle."
" Quhat eylyt the, Stevyn ? art thu wod, or thu
gynnyst to brede ? Lakkyt the eythar gold or fe, or ony ryche wede ? "
" Lakyt ' me' neyther gold ne fe, ne non ryche wede;                                                             n
Ther is a chyld in Bedlem born xal helpen us at our nede."
" That is al so soth, Stevyn, al so soth, i-wys, As this capon crowe xal that lyth her in myn dysh."
5. kyst, casi. 9. eylyt, aileth. 13. wod, mad: gynnyst to brede, beginnest to entertain capricious fancies, like a woman, &c. 14. fe, wages: wede, clothes. ID. ne, nor. 16. xall, shall. 17. soth, true: i-wys, for a certainty.







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