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AND -WTLLYAM OF CLOUDESLE. 151
" "With such weapons as we have here,
Tyll we be out of your place ; And yf we lyve this hundreth yere,
"We wyll aske you no grace."
" Ye speake proudly," sayd the kynge, iob
" Ye shall be hanged all thre:" " That were great pitye," then sayd the quene,
" If any grace myght be.
" My lorde, whan I came fyrst into this lande, To be your wedded wyfe, uo
The fyrst bowne that I wold aske, Ye would graunt it me belyfe;
"And I asked never none tyll now, Therefore, good lorde, graunte it me."
" Now aske it, madam," sayd the kynge, m "And graunted shall it be."
" Then, my good lord, I you beseche,
These yemen graunt ye me :" " Madame, ye mj'ght have asked a bowne
That shuld have ben worth them all thre. i»
" Ye myght have asked towres and town[es],
Parkes and forestes plenty." " None so pleasaunt to mi pay." she said,
" Nor none so lefe to me."