Child's, The English And Scottish Ballads

Volume 5 of 8 from 1860 edition - online book

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156 ADAM BEL, CLTM OF THE CLOUGHE,
I wyll hym tye to a stake,
All shall se that be here ;                                220
"And lay an apele upon hys head, And go syxe score paces hym fro, And I myselfe, with a brode arow, Shall cleve the apple in two."
" Now haste the," then sayd the kyng,             22s
" By him that dyed on a tre; But yf thou'do not as thou hast sayde,
Hanged shalt thou be.
" And thou touche his head or gowne,
In syght that men may se,                             z*1
By all the sayntes that be in heaven, I shall hange you all thre."
" That I have promised," said William,
" I wyl it never forsake ;" And there even before the kynge,                      &&
In the earth he droue a stake,
And bound therto his eldest sonne, And bad hym stande styll therat,
And turned the childes face fro him,
Because he shuld not sterte. .                      «*
An apple upon his head he set, And then his bowe he bent;
227, hest.