Child's, The English And Scottish Ballads

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The Flemings, having abandoned their legitimate sovereign and attached themselves to Philip the Fair, found at last cause to repent In 1301, two citizens of Bruges, Peter de Koning, a draper, and John Breydel, a. butcher, stirred up their townsmen to revolt, and drove out the French garrison. The next year, the Count d'Artois, with a superb army, was deĀ­feated by the insurgents at the battle of Courtrai.
This ballad is found in MS. Harl. No. 2253, " of the reign of Edw. II." and has been printed in Rit-son's Ancient Songs (i. 51), and in Wright's Political Songs, p. 187. We have adopted the text of the latter.
Lustneth, lordinges, bothe yonge ant olde,
Of the Freynsshe men that were so proude ant bolde,
Hou the Flemmysshe men bohten hem ant solde,
Upon a Wednesday. Betere hem were at home in huere londe,                  «
Then for te seche Flemmysshe by the see stronde, Whare thourh moni Frenshe wyf wryngeth hire honde,
Ant singeth weylaway.
The Kyng of Fraunce made statuz newe, In the lond of Flaundres among false ant trewe, io That the common of Bruges ful sore cou arewe, Ant seiden amonges hem,