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

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ADAM BELL,
cvi ' Have here the best, Alyce, my wyfe,'
Sayde Wyllyam of Cloudesley ; i By cause ye so bouldly stode me by
When I was slayne full nye.'
cvir Then wente they to theyr suppere
Wyth such meate as they had; And thanked God of theyr fortune:
They were both mery and glad.
CVIII
And when that they had supped well,
Certayne withouten lease, Cloudesley sayd, ' We wyll to our Kynge,
To get us a charter of peace.
cix
i Alyce shal be at sojournyng
In a nunnery here besyde; My tow sonnes shall wyth her go,
And there they shall abyde.
ex i My eldest son shall go wyth me;
For hym have I no care : And he shall bring you worde agayn,
How that we do fare.'
CXI Thus be these wightmen to London gone
As fast as they myght hye, Tyll they came to the Kynge's pall^ce,
Where they woulde needes be.
lease] lying. tow] two.        wightmen] stout fellows.
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