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

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Sir James Hardbotell there was slayne, For him their heartes were sore ;
The gentle Lovell there was slayne, That the Percy's standard bore.
There was slayne upon the English part
For sooth as I you say, Of nine thousand English men
Five hundred came away.
The others slayne were in the field;
Christ keep their souls from woe ! Seeing there was so fewe friends
Against so many a foe.
lxxiv Then on the morn they made them bieres
Of birch and hazell gray: Many a widow with weeping teares
Their makes they fette away.
This fray was fought at Otterbourne, Between the night and the day ;
Earl Douglas was buried at the bracken bush. And the Percy led captive away.
Now let us all for the Percy pray
To Jesu most of might, To bring his soul to the bliss of heaven,
For he was a gentle knight.
makes] mates.             fette] fetched.
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