Child's, The English And Scottish Ballads

Volume 5 of 8 from 1860 edition - online book

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Full wel that herd hys brethren two, There styll as they dyd stande.
Then Cloudesle cast hys eyen asyde,
And saw hys to brethren stande,                  so
At a corner of the market place,
With theyr good bows bent in ther hand.
" I se good comfort," sayd Cloudesle,
" Yet hope I well to fare ; If I might haue my handes at wyll,                   95
Ryght lytle wolde I care."
Then spake good Adam Bell,
To Clym of the Clough so free, " Brother, se ye marke the justyce wel,
Lo yonder ye may him see.                            100
" And at the shyrife shote I wyll,
Strongly with an arrowe kene ; A better shote in mery Caerlel
Thys seven yere was not sene."
They lowsed their arrowes both at once, 10s Of no man had they dread ;
87, that, C. 89, Claudesle.
90, brethen; Copland omits stande. 91, marked.
92.    Here the old edition adds,—
' Redy the justice for to ohaunee', (chase, C.)
93,  Copland omits good. 94, will. 102, jm, C. 105, thre.