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A Selection Of The Best English Lyric Ballads Chosen & Edited by Arthur Quiller-Couch

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CLYM OF THE CLOUGH, ETC.
XL
' Then shall not helpe Clym of the Clough,
Nor yet shall Adam Bell, Though they came with a thousand mo,
Nor all the devels in hell.'
XLI
Early in the mornynge the Justice uprose, To the gates first can he gone,
And commaunded to be shut full close Lightile everych-one.
XLII
Then went he to the markett place,
As fast as he coulde hye ; There a payre of new gallowes he set up
Besyde the pyllorye.
xliii A lytle boy among them asked,
What meaned that gallow-tre ? They sayde to hange a good yeman,
Called Wyllyam of Cloudesley.
XLIV
That lytle boye was the towne swyne-heard, And kept fayre Alyce's swyne ;
Oft he had seene Wyllyam in the wodde, And geven hym there to dyne.
XLV
He went out att a crevis of the wall, And lightly to the woode dyd gone ;
There met he with these wight yemen Shortly and anone.
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