Child's, The English And Scottish Ballads

Volume 5 of 8 from 1860 edition - online book

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" Ay, that is true," the young man said;
" Ay, that is true," said he ; " Or, if they were near to this place,
They soon would set him free.                       «»
" But fare thou well, thou good old man,
Farewel, and thanks to thee ; If Stutly hanged he this day,
Eeveng'd his death will be."
No sooner he was from the palmer gone, 65
But the gates were open'd wide, And out of the castle Will Stutly came,
Guarded on every side.
When he was forth from the castle come, And saw no help was nigh,                            m
Thus he did say unto the sheriff, Thus he said gallantly:
" Now seeing that I needs must dye,
Grant me one boon," said he, " For my noble master ne'er had man              »
That yet was hang'd on tree.
"Give me a sword all in my hand,
And let me be unbound, And with thee and thy men I'll fight,
Till I lye dead on the ground."                     so