Child's, The English And Scottish Ballads

Volume 5 of 8 from 1860 edition - online book

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And when they came to mery Caerlell,
In a fayre mornyng tyde, They founde the gates shut them untyll,
Round about on every syde.
" Alas !" .than sayd good Adam Bell,                s
" That ever we were made men !
These gates be shut so wonderly wel, That we may not come here in."
Then spake him Clym of the Clough,
" Wyth a wyle we wyl us in bryng;             10
Let us saye we be messengers, Streyght comen from our king."
Adam said, " I have a letter written wel,
Now let us wysely werke; We wyl saye we have the kinges seale, u
I holde the portter no clerke."
Then Adam Bell bete on the gate,
With strokes great and strong ; The porter herde suche noyse therat,
And to the gate faste he throng.                     20
7, wouderoas. R. (Ritson.) 12, come nowe. R. 16,seales. R. 20, K." omits faste.