Child's, The English And Scottish Ballads

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CHEVY-CHACE.
51
He had a bow bent in his hand,
Made of a trusty tree; An arrow of a cloth-yard long
Up to the head drew he.                                     iso
Against Sir Hugh Montgomery
So right his shaft he set, The grey goose-wing that was thereon
In his heart's blood was wet.
This fight did last from break of day                   1&5
Till setting of the sun; For when they rung the evening-bell,
The battel scarce was done.
"With the Earl Piercy, there was slain
Sir John of Ogerton,                                                190
Sir Robert Ratcliff, and Sir John, Sir James, that bold baron.
And with Sir George and good Sir James,
Both knights of good account, Good Sir Ralph Rabby there was slain, ias
Whose prowess did surmount.
187. So. the Curfew bell, usually rung at eight o'clock; to which the modernizer apparently alludes, instead of the " Evensong bell," or bell for vespers of the original author, before the Reformation.Percy.