Child's, The English And Scottish Ballads

Volume 5 of 8 from 1860 edition - online book

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For now is my dere husband slayne, Alas and wel a way !
" Myght I have spoken wyth hys dere brethren,
Or with eyther of them twayne,                       in
[To let them know what him befell]
My hart were out Oi payne ! "
Cloudesle walked a lytle besyde, And loked under the grenewood linde ;
He was ware of hys wife and chyldren thre, u> Full wo in hart and mynde.
" Welcome, wife," then sayde Wyllyam,
" Under this trysty tre; I had wende yesterday, by swete saynt John,
Thou shulde me never have se."                      20
" Now well is me," she sayde, " that ye be here,
My hart is out of wo :" " Dame," he sayde, " be mery and glad,
And thank my brethren two."
" Hereof to speake," sayd Adam Bell,                25
" I-wis it is no bote ; The meat that we must supp withall
It runneth yet fast on fote."
9, brethen. 11, supplied from a modern edition.
12, put out, B. 18, thus, trusty, E. 20, had. 24,brethen.