Child's, The English And Scottish Ballads

Volume 5 of 8 from 1860 edition - online book

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" Who hath them slayne ? " sayd the kyng, " Anone thou tell me: "                                         ia>
" Adam Bel, and Clime of the Clough, And Wyllyam of Cloudesle."
" Alas for rewth!" then sayd our kynge,
" My hart is wonderous sore ; I had leuer [th]an a thousand pounde,             
I had knowne of thys before.
" For I have graunted them grace,
And that forthynketh me, But had I knowne all thys before,
They had been hanged all thre."                     ieo
The kyng opened the letter anone,
Hymselfe he red it th[r]o, And founde how these thre outlawes had slaine
Thre hundred men and mo.
Fyrst the justice and the sheryfe,                         im
And the mayre of Caerlel towne ;
Of all the constables and eatchipolles Alyve were left not one.
The baylyes and the bedyls both,
And the sergeauntes of the law,                     iro
And forty fosters of the fe,
These outlawes had yslaw,