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As our King lay dreaming upon his bed A happy thought came into his head, That he would send to the King of France, And cause his tribute to be paid. Ri fol de rol, ri fol de ray.
2 Come here to me, my trusty page. My trusty page, come here to me ! And you shall go to the King of France To fetch the tribute due to me.
3 0 then uprose that trusty page, That trusty page then uprose he, Until he came to the King- of France, And he went down on bended knee.
4 " What news, what news, my trusty
From English King what news to
mo? "
" O 1 have come from the English King
To fetch the tribute due from thee."
5 " Your King is young, of tender years, And is not come to my degree, So I will send him three tennis balls That with them he may play, may he."
6   " Now come to me, my trusty page,
My trusty page, now come to me, And we will send him such English balls As in fair France they ne'er did see."
7   " Recruit me Cheshire and Lancashire,
And Derby men that are so free. No married man and no widow's son, For no widow's curse shall light on me."
8 They recruitedCheshireandLancashire,
And Derby men that are so free, And when the numbers were counted o'er, 'Twas fifty thousand men and three.
9  They fought the French, they fought
the King, Until they gained the victory, They fought the King until he cried— " Have mercy on my men and me.
10 "01 will send the tribute home,
Ten tons of gold is due from me, And the fairest lily that is in France To the Rose of England give I free." Ri fol de rol, ri fol de ray.
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