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

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SIR ANDREW BARTON
LXXIII
When the King heard tell that they were come.
Full royally he welcomed them home; Sir Andrew's ship was his New-Year's gift;
A braver ship you never saw none.
LXXIV
Now hath our King Sir Andrew's ship, Beset with pearles and precyous stones;
And now hath England two ships of war, Two ships of war, before but one.
LXXV
'Who holpe to this?' says King Henrye, ' That I may reward him for his paine.'
'Henery Hunt, and Peter Simon, William Horsley, and I the same.'
LXXVI
' Harry Hunt shall have his whistle and chaine, And all his jewels whatsoe'er they be,
And other rich gifts that I will not name, For his good service he hath done me.
LXXVII
Horsley, right thou'st be a knight, Lands and livings thou shalt have store; Howard shall be Earl of Nottingham, And so was never Howard before.
LXXVIII
' Now, Peter Simon, thou art old ;
I will maintaine thee and thy son ; Thou shalt have five hundred pound all in gold For the good service that thou hast done.' 696
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