Child's, The English And Scottish Ballads

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OF SIR SIMON FRASEK.                  281
In huerte.                                               K5
Wickednesse ant sunne, Hit is lutel wunne
That maketh the body smerte.
For al is grete poer, yet he wes ylaht; Falsnesse ant swykedom, al hit geth to naht; no Tho he wes in Scotlond, lutel wes ys thoht OF the harde jugement that him wes bysoht In stounde. He wes foursithe forswore To the kyng ther bifbre,                           m
Ant that him brohte to gronnde.
With feteres ant with gyves i chot he wes to-drowe, From the Tour of Londone, that monie myhte knowe, In a curtel of burel,a selkethe wyse, Ant a gerland on ys heved of the newe guyse, iso Thurh Cheepe; Moni mon of Engelond For to se Symond
Thideward con lepe.
Tho he com to galewes, furst he wes anhonge, iss Al quie byheveded, thah him thohte longe ;
175. Sir Simon was one of those whom King Edward brought out of Scotland in 1296, when that kingdom was first subdued. He remained a close prisoner about eight months, and was then freed, on entering into the usual en­gagement with the conqueror, to which, however, it is cer­tain he did not think proper to adhere; esteeming it, per­haps, more sinful to keep such a forced obligation than to take it. Abercrombie, i. 552___Eitson.