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142 ADAM BEL, CLTM OF THE CXOUGHE,
Full wel that herd hys brethren two, There styll as they dyd stande.
Then Cloudesle cast hys eyen asyde,
And saw hys to brethren stande, so
At a corner of the market place,
With theyr good bows bent in ther hand.
" I se good comfort," sayd Cloudesle,
" Yet hope I well to fare ; If I might haue my handes at wyll, 95
Ryght lytle wolde I care."
Then spake good Adam Bell,
To Clym of the Clough so free, " Brother, se ye marke the justyce wel,
Lo yonder ye may him see. 100
" And at the shyrife shote I wyll,
Strongly with an arrowe kene ; A better shote in mery Caerlel
Thys seven yere was not sene."
They lowsed their arrowes both at once, 10s Of no man had they dread ;
87, that, C. 89, Claudesle.
90, brethen; Copland omits stande. 91, marked.
92. Here the old edition adds,—
' Redy the justice for to ohaunee', (chase, C.)
93, Copland omits good. 94, will. 102, jm, C. 105, thre.