Child's, The English And Scottish Ballads

Volume 5 of 8 from 1860 edition - online book

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He toke hys leave of his brethren two,
And to Carlel he is gon ; There he knocked at hys owne windowe,
Shortlye and anone.                                                 to
" Where be you, fayre Alyce, my wyfe,
And my chyldren three ? Lyghtly let in thyne owne husbande,
Wyllyam of Cloudesle."
" Alas !" then sayde fayre Alyce,                      «
And syghed wonderous sore, " Thys place hath ben besette for you,
Thys half yere and more."
" Now am I here," sayde Cloudesle,
" I woulde that I in were :—                          so
Now feche us meate and drynke ynoughe, And let us make good chere."
She fetched him meat and drynke plenty,
Lyke a true wedded wyfe, And pleased hym wyth that she had,                   m
Whome she loved as her lyfe.
There lay an old wyfe in that place,
A lytle besyde the fyre, Whych Wyllyam had found, of cherytye,
More then seven yere.                                            a)
41, your.
50, In woulde.