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23
A CAROLL OF THE INNOCENTES.
Marke this songe, for it is trewe, For it is trewe, as clerkes tell:
In olde tyme straug thyngs cam to pas,
Grete wonder and grete meruayll was In Israeli.
There was one Octauyan,
Octauyan of Rome Emperour,
As bokes olde doth specyfye,
Of all the wyde worlde trulye
He was lorde and gouernour.
The Jewes that tyme lackyd a kyng,
They lackyd a kyng to gyde them well, The Emperour of power and myght Chose one Herode agaynst all ryght
In Israeli. This Herode tha was kyng of Jewys,
Was kyng of Jewys, and he no Jewe, Forsothe he was a Panym borne, Wherfore on fayth it may be sworne
He reygned kynge vntrewe.

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