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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.
CXXXVI
' Alas for rewth! ' then sayd our Kynge:
' My herte is wonderous sore; I had lever than a thousande pounde,
I had knowne of thys before;
CXXXVII
' For I have y-graunted them grace,
And that forthynketh me: But had I knowne all thys before,
They had been hanged all thre.'
CXXXVIII
The Kyng hee opened the letter anone,
Himselfe he red it thro, And founde how these outlawes had slain
Thre hundred men and rno;
cxxxix
Fyrst the Justice, and the Sheryfe, And the Mayre of Carleile towne;
Of all the constables and catchipolles Alyve were scant left one:
CXL
The baylyes, and the bedyls both,
And the sergeauntes of the law, And forty fosters of the fe,
These outlawes had y-slaw;
ex LI And broke his parks, and slayne his dere;
Of all they chose the best; So perelous out-lawes as they were
Walked not by caste nor west.
forthynketh] repenteth.           fosters of the fe] foresters of the
lordship.
4Ci
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