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

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BOOK VI
126.             Durham Field
I
L ORDINGS, listen, and hold you still; Hearken to me a spell ; I shall you tell of the fairest battell That ever in England befell.
11 It befell in Edward the Third's dayes,
When in England he ware the crowne, That all the chief chivalry of England
They busked and made them bowne.
in They have chosen all the best archers
That in England might be found, And all was to fight with the King of France,
Within a litle stounde
IV
And when our King was over the water,
And on the salt sea gone, Then tydings into Scotland came
That all England was gone.
v Bowes and anowes they all were forth;
At home was not left a man But shepards and millers both,
And preists with shaven crownes.
busked] dressed. bowne] ready. stounde] time. 64c
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