Child's, The English And Scottish Ballads

Volume 5 of 8 from 1860 edition - online book

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" I had a sone, for soth, Robyn,                          201
That sholde have ben my eyre, When he was twenty wynter olde,
In felde wolde juste full feyre.
" He slewe a knyght of Lancastshyre,
And a squyre bolde;                                       at
For to save hym in his ryght, My goodes beth sette and solde.
"My londes beth set to wedde, Robyn,
Untyll a certayne daye, To a ryche abbot here besyde,                           215
Of Saynt Mary abbay."
" What is the somme ? " sayd Robyn,
"Trouthe than tell thou me ;" " Syr," he sayd, " foure hondred pounde,
The abbot tolde it to me."                                230
" Now, and thou lese thy londe," sayd Robyn, . " What shall fall of the ? " " Hastely I wyll me buske," sayd the knyght, " Over the salte see,
" And se where Cryst was quycke and deed 22s
On the mounte of Caluare : Fare well, frende, and have good daye,
It may noo better be."
209, lancasesshyre, R.              228, not \V. C.