Child's, The English And Scottish Ballads

Volume 7 of 8 from 1860 edition - online book

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10                          KING JOHN, ETC.
—Now secondly tell me, without any doubt, How soone I may ride this whole world about."
" You must rise with the sun, and ride with the
same Until the next morning he riseth againe ;             so
And then your grace need not make any doubt But in twenty-four hours you'll ride it about."
The king he laughed, and swore by St. Jone, " I did not think it could be gone so soone ! —Now from the third question thou must not shrinke,                                                                95
But tell me here truly what I do thinke."
" Yea, that shall I do, and make your grace
merry; You thinke I'm the abbot of Canterbury; But I'm his poor shepheard, as plain you may
see, That am come to beg pardon for him and for
mee."                                                                                 100
The king he laughed, and swore by the masse, " He make thee lord abbot this day in his place!" " Now naye, my liege, be not in such speede, For alacke I can neither write ne reade."
" Four nobles a week, then I will give thee, im For this merry jest thou hast showne unto mee ;