Child's, The English And Scottish Ballads

Volume 5 of 8 from 1860 edition - online book

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Thus be these yemen to London gone,
As fast as they might hye, Tyll they came to the kynges pallace,                  m'
Where they woulde nedes be.
And whan they came to the kynges courte,
Unto the pallace gate, Of no man wold they aske no leave,
But boldly went in therat.                                     eo
They preced prestly into the hall,
Of no man had they dreade ; The porter came after and dyd them call,
And with them began to chyde.
The ussher sayed, " Yemen, what wold ye haue ?
I pray you tell me ;                                                   flu
You myght thus make offycers shent:
Good syrs, of whence be ye ? "
" Syr, we be outlawes of the forest,
Certayne without any leace,                                  70
And hether we be come to our kyng,
To get us a charter of peace."
And whan they came before the kyng,
As it was the lawe of the lande, The[y] kneled downe without lettyng,                 rs
And eche held up his hand.