Child's, The English And Scottish Ballads

Volume 5 of 8 from 1860 edition - online book

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The fyrst word the abbot spake, " Hast thou brought my pay ? "
" Not one peny," sayd the knyght,
" By god that maked me;" " Thou art a shrewed dettour,"
lio sayd the
" Syr justyce, drynke to me.
" What doost thou here," sayd the abbot, " But thou haddest brought thy pay ? "
" For god," than sayd the knyght,                       os
" To pray of a lenger daye."
" Thy daye is broke," sayd the justyce,
" Londe getest thou none : " "Now, good syr justyce, be my frende,
And fende me of my fone."                              mo
" I am holde with the abbot," sayd the justyce,
" Bothe with cloth and fee: " " Now, good syr sheryf, be my frende :"
" Nay for god," sayd he.
101, 2. I. e., the Chief Justice had been retained for the abbot by robe and fee. A writer in Notes and Queries, (vol. vi. p. 479,) quotes statutes of Edward I. and Edward III. against maintenance, in which the abuse of robes and fees is mentioned, and cites the following clause from the oath re­quired to be taken by justices: " And that ye will take no fee so long as ye shall be justices, nor robes, of any man great or small, except of the king himself."