Child's, The English And Scottish Ballads

Volume 7 of 8 from 1860 edition - online book

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And some a thousand, two or three, Yet still he did denay.
And at the last ten thousand crownes                    i
They offered, him to save : Gernutus sayd, " I will no gold,
My forfeite I will have.
" A pound of fleshe is my demand,
And that shall be my hire."                                10
Then sayd the judge, "Yet, good my friend,
Let me of you desire
" To take the fleshe from such a place,
As yet you let him live: Do so, and lo ! an hundred crownes                     
To thee here will I give."
" No, no," quoth he, " no, judgement here ;
For this it shall be tride; For I will have my pound of fleshe
From under his right side."                                  ao
It grieved all the companie
His crueltie to see, For neither friend nor foe could heipe
But he must spoyled bee.
The bloudie Jew now ready is                               a*
With whetted blade in hand,