Child's, The English And Scottish Ballads

Volume 1 of 8 from 1860 edition

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We be all off a freyry ;                                     215
I ame jour awne brother.
" Be Jhesu Cryst that is aboffe, That man aught me gode loffe
That ley by my quene : I wer worthy hym to honour,                         220
Both in castell and in towre,
With rede, skerlet and grene.
" Ffor him he helpyd, when I was forth, To cher my wyfe and make her myrth ;
Ffor women louys wele pley ;                   225
And therfor, serys, haue je no dowte Bot many schall dance in the cokwoldes rowte,
Both by nyght and dey.
" And therefor, lordyngs, take no care; Make we mery; for nothing spare ;             230
All brether in one rowte." Than the cokwoldes wer full blythe, And thankyd God a hundred syth,
Ffor soth withouten dowte.
Euery cokwold seyd to other,                        235
" Kyng Arthour is our awne brother,
Therfor we may be blyth :" The erle off Glowsytur verament, Toke hys leue, and home he wente,
And thankyd the kyng fele sythe. 240