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AND WTLLYAM OP CLOUDESLE. 129
either about him or his archery. (See Grimm's ' Deutsche Mythologie, ed. 1842, pp. 353-5, p. 1214: Nork's Mythologie der Volkssagen, in Scheible's Klos-ter, vol. 9, p. 105, seqq. Many of the documents that bear upon this question are cited at length in Ideler's Schuss des Tell, Berlin, 1836.)
Mert it was in grene forest,
Amonge the leues grene, Wher that men walke east and west,
With bowes and arrowes kene,
To ryse the dere out of theyr denne,— »
Such sightes hath ofte bene sene,—
As by thre yemen of the north countrey, By them it is I meane.
The one of them hight Adam Bel,
The other Clym of the Clough, w
The thyrd was William of Cloudesly, An archer good ynough.
1 Grimm refers to the tradition by which Eustathius accounts for Sarpedon's being king of the Lycians, which involves a story of his two rival uncles proposing to shoot through a ring placed on the breast of a child, and of Sarpedon's being offered for that purpose by his mother; and also mentions a manuscript he had seen of travels in Turkey, which contained a picture of a man shooting at an apple placed on a child's head.
6, as hath. 7, the. 8, as I.
10,11. Clym of the Clough means, as Percy says, Clement of the valley; and Cloudesle, suggests Bitson, seems to be the same with Clodsley.
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