Child's, The English And Scottish Ballads

Volume 7 of 8 from 1860 edition - online book

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" You shall not have a penny given ; Your forfeyture now take."
At the last he doth demaund
But for to have his owne: " No," quoth the judge, " doe as you list,             w
Thy judgement shall be showne.
" Either take your pound of flesh," quoth he,
" Or cancell me your bond: " " 0 cruell judge," then quoth the Jew,
" That doth against me stand! "                          eo
And so with griping grieved mind
He biddeth them fare-well: Then all the people prays'd the Lord,
That ever this heard tell.
Good people, that doe heare this song,                     e>
For trueth I dare well say, That many a wretch as ill as hee
Doth live now at this day;
That seeketh nothing but the spoyle
Of many a wealthy man,                                       70
And for to trap the innocent
Deviseth what they can.
61. griped, Ashmole copy.