Child's, The English And Scottish Ballads

Volume 6 of 8 from 1860 edition - online book

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Nou i chulle fonge ther ich er let, Ant telleu ou of Frisel, ase ieh ou byhet.                       so
In the batayle of Kyrkenelyf Frysel wes ytake ; Ts continaunee abatede eny bost to make Bislde Strivelyn; Knyhtes ant sweynes, Fremen ant theynes,                                    ss
Monye with hym.
So hii weren byset on everuehe halve, Somme slaye were, ant somme dreynte hemselve ; Sire Johan of Lyndeseye nolde nout abyde, He wod into the water, his feren him bysyde,             100
To adrenche. Whi nolden hii be war ? Ther nis non ayeyn star :—
Why nolden hy hem bythenehe )
This wes byfore seint Bartholomew masse,                   105
That Frysel wes ytake, were hit more other lasse ; To sire Thomas of Multon, gentil baron ant fre, Ant to sire Johan Jose, by take tho wes he To honde: He wes yfetered weel,                               no
Bothe with yrn ant wyth steel, To bringen of Scotlonde.
Sone therafter the tydynge to the kyng com; He him sende to Londone, with mony armed grom; He com yn at Newegate, y telle yt ou aplyht, 115 A gerland of leves on ys hed ydyht, Of grene; For he shulde ben yknowe,