Child's, The English And Scottish Ballads

Volume 5 of 8 from 1860 edition - online book

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The abbot sayd to his covent,
There he stode on grounde, " This day twelfe moneth came there a knyght
And borowed foure hondred pounde.             20
" [He borowed foure hondred pounde,]
Upon all his londe fre, But he come this ylke day
Dysheryte shall he be."
" It is full erely," sayd the pryoure,                  ss
" The day is not yet ferre gone ; I had lever to pay an hondred pounde,
And lay it downe anone.
" The knight is ferre beyonde the see,
In Englonde is his ryght,                                  s>
And suffreth honger and colde, And many a sory nyght.
" It were grete pyte," said the pryoure,
" So to have his londe ; And ye be so lyght of your conseyence, 3»
Ye do to him moch wronge."
" Thou art euer in my berde," sayd the abbot, " By god and saynt Rycharde ; "
25. The prior, in an abbey, was the officer immediately under the abbot; in priories and conventaal cathedrals he was the superior.—Eitson.