Child's, The English And Scottish Ballads

Volume 7 of 8 from 1860 edition - online book

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" Ere thus I will out-braved be,
One of us two shall dye : I know thee well, an earl thou art;
Lord Piercy, so am I.
" But trust me, Piercy, pity it were,                 »
And great offence, to kill Any of these our harmless men,
For they have done no ill.
" Let thou and I the battel try,
And set our men aside :                                   so
"Accurs'd be he," Lord Piercy said,
" By whom this is deny'd."
Then stept a gallant squire forth,
(Witherington was his name) Who said, " I would not have it told                95
To Henry our king for shame,
" That ere my captaine fought on foot,
And I stood looking on: You be two earls," said Witherington,
"And I a squire alone.                                     100
" I'll do the best that do I may,
While I have power to stand; While I have power to wield my sword,
I'll fight with heart and hand."