Child's, The English And Scottish Ballads

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274
THE EXECUTION
I telle ou for sothe, the bataille thus blgon Bituene Fraunee ant Flaundres, hou hue weren fon ;ian Vor Vrenshe the Eorl of Flaundres in prison heden ydon,
With tresoun untrewe. Ye[f ] the Prince of Walis his lyf habbe mote, Hit falleth the Kyng of Fraunce bittrore then the sote ; Bote he the rathere therof welle do bote,                   iss
Wei sore hit shal hym rewe.
THE EXECUTION OF SIR SIMON FRASER.
On the 27th of March, 1306, Robert Bruce was crowned king at Scone. Immediately thereupon, King Edward the First sent the Earl of Pembroke, Aymer de Valence, to Scotland, to suppress what he called the rebellion in that kingdom. Pembroke at­tacked Bruce in his cantonments at Methven (or Kirkenclif) near Perth, and dispersed his small army, taking several prisoners of great consequence. Among them was Sir Simon Fraser, or Frisel, whose cruel fate is narrated in the following ballad.
This piece has been printed in Ritson's Ancient Songs (i. 28), and in Wright's Political Songs, p. 212, and is extracted from the same MS. as the preceding ballad.
Lystneth, lordynges, a newe song ichulle bigynne, Of the traytours of Scotlond, that take beth wyth gynne ;