Child's, The English And Scottish Ballads

Volume 7 of 8 from 1860 edition - online book

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THE GABEKLTTSTZIE-MAN.                  101
" 0 kend my minny I were wi' you,                   es
Illfardly wad she crook her mou ; Sic a poor man she'd never trow,
After the gaberlunzie-man." " My dear," quo' he, " ye're yet o'er young, And ha' na lear'd the beggars tongue,               m
To follow me frae town to town,
And carry the gaberlunzie on.
" Wi' cauk and keel, 111 win your bread, And spindles and whorles for them wha need, Whilk is a gentil trade indeed,                           n
To carry the gaberlunzie, 0. I'll bow my leg, and crook my knee, And draw a black clout o'er my eye ; A cripple or blind they will ca' me,
While we shall be merry and sing."
The Turnament of Tolenham was first printed in the History of Totenham, (1631,) by the Rev. Wil-helm Bedwell, rector of the parish, who, says Percy, " so little entered into the spirit of the poem he was publishing, that he contends for its being a serious narrative of a real event, and thinks it must have been written before the time of Edward III., because turnaments were prohibited in that reign." The simĀ­ple parson derived his copy from a manuscript lent