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THE CRUEL BLACK. 371
And still for swiftness always took
With him a black-a-moor: Which black-a-moor within the wood
His lord he did offend, For which he did him then correct, w
In hopes he would amend.
The day it grew unto an end;
Then homewards he did haste, Where with his lady he did rest,
Until the night was past. »
Then in the morning he did rise,
And did his servants call; A hunting he provides to go;
Straight they were ready all.
To cause the toyl the lady did 25
Intreat him not to go: " Alas, good lady," then quoth he,
" Why art thou grieved so ? Content thyself, I will return
With speed to thee again." 30
" Good father," quoth the little babes,
" With us here still remain."
" Farewel, dear children, I will go
A fine thing for to buy;" But they, therewith nothing content, ss
Aloud began to cry. The mother takes them by the hand,
Saying, " Come, go with me Unto the highest tower, where
Your father you shall see." 40