Child's, The English And Scottish Ballads

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280                      THE EXECUTION
So ybate." Y do ou to wyte, Here heved wes of-smyte,
Byfore the Tour-gate.
This wes on oure Levedy even, for sothe ych under-stonde;                                                           
The justices seten for the knyhtes of Sootlonde, Sire Thomas of Multone, an hendy knyht ant wys, Ant sire Rauf of Sondwyche, that muchel is hold in
Ant sire Johan Abel; Mo y mihte telle by tale,                       150
Bothe of grete ant of smale,
Ye knowen suythe wel.
Thenne saide the justice, that gentil is ant fre, " Sire Simond Frysel, the kynges traytour hast thou be, In water ant in londe, that monie myhten se.           ik
What sayst thou thareto, hou wolt thou quite the ? Do say." So foul he him wiste, Nede waron truste
For to segge nay.                         wo
Ther he wes ydemed, so hit wes londes lawe ; For that he wes lordswyk, furst he wes to-drawe; Upon a retheres hude forth he wes ytuht: Sum while in ys time he wes a modi knyht,
145. 7th September.
147. Sir Thomas Multon was one of the justices of the King's Bench in 1289. Sir Ralph Sandwich was made Baron of the Exchequer in 1312.Ritson. 148. MS. told.