Child's, The English And Scottish Ballads

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■whittington's advancement.
Meat that in trenchers lay,
No way they could keepe safe; But by rats borne away,                              «
Fearing no wand or staff. Whereupon, soone they brought
Whittingtons nimble cat; Which by the king was bought;
Heapes of gold giv'n for that                  so
Home againe came these men
With their ships loaden so, Whittingtons wealth began
By this cat thus to grow. Scullions life he forsooke                                       85
To be a marchant good, And soon began to looke
How well his credit stood.
After that he was chose
Shriefe of the citty heere,                         a>
And then full quickly rose
Higher, as did appeare. For to this cities praise,
Sir Kichard Whittington Came to be in his dayes                                95
Thrise Maior of London.
More his fame to advance,
Thousands he lent his king, -To maintaine warres in France,
Glory from thence to bring.                     i<x>
And after, at a feast
Which he the king did make,







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