Child's, The English And Scottish Ballads

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OP SIR SIMON FRASEK.
279
Bothe of heye ant of lowe,
For treytour, y wene.                        120
Yfetered were ys legges under his horse wombe, Bothe with yrn ant with stel mankled were ys honde, A gerland of peruenke set on his heved; Muehe wes the poer that him wes byreved
In londe:                                                ia>
So god me amende, Lutel he wende
So be broht in honde.
Sire Herbert of Norham, feyr knyht ant bold, For the love of Frysel ys lyf wes ysold ;                       iso
A wajour he made, so hit wes ytold, Ys heved of to smhyte, yef me him brohte in hold, Wat so bytyde: Sory wes he thenne
Tho he myhte him kenne                          135
Thourh the toun ryde.
Thenne seide ys scwyer a word anon ryht,
" Sire, we beth dede, ne helpeth hit no wyht,"
(Thomas de Boys the scwyer wes to nome,)
" Nou, y chot, our wajour turneth us to grome, i«
129. He was one of the Scottish prisoners in the Tower; and is said to have been so confident of the safety or success of Sir Simon Fraser, that he had offered to lay his own head on the block, if that warrior suffered himself to be taken; and (however involuntarily) it seems he kept his word. Vide M. West. 460.Eitson. MS. Morham. .







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