Child's, The English And Scottish Ballads

Volume 6 of 8 from 1860 edition - online book

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" Away with thee, thou false traytor,                       «
No pardon will I grant to thee, But to-morrow morning by eight of the clock,
I will hang up thy eightscore men and thee."
Then Johnny look'd over his left shoulder,
And to his merry men thus said he,                    w
" I have asked grace of a graceless face, No pardon there is for you and me."
Then John pull'd out his good broad sword, That was made of the mettle so free;
Had not the King moved his foot as he did, « John had taken his head from his fair body.
" Come, follow me, my merry men all, .
We will scorn one foot for to fly; It shall never be said we were hang'd like dogs;
We will fight it out most manfully."                    eo
Then they fought on like champions bold, For their hearts were sturdy, stout, and free ;
'Till they had kill'd all the King's good guard, There were none left alive but one, two, or three.
But then rose up all Edenborough,                           es
They rose up by thousands three; A cowardly Scot came John behind,
And run him through the fair body.

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