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A Selection Of The Best English Lyric Ballads Chosen & Edited by Arthur Quiller-Couch

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The Abbot and the High Cellarer
Started forth full bold, The High Justice of Engeland
The Abbot there did hold, xciv The High Justice and many mo
Had taken into their hand Wholly all the Knightes debt,
To put that Knight to shand.
xcv They deemed the Knight wonder sore,
The Abbot and his meinee : ' But he come this ilke day,
Disherited shall he be.'
xcvi ' He will not come yet,' said the Justice,
' I dare well undertake.' But in sorry time for them all
The Knight came to the gate.
xcvn Then bespake that gentle Knight
Until his meinee : ' Now put on your simple weeds
That ye brought from the sea.'
They putten on their simple weeds, They came to the gates anon;
The Porter was ready himself, And welcomed them every one.
deemed] judged.                   wonder sore] monstrous seve
Until] unto.
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