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

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The King sent forth one of his heralds of armes
To vew the Englishmen : ' Be of good cheere,' the herald said,
' For against one we be ten.'
' Who leads those lads ?' said the King of Scotts,
' Thou herald, tell thou mee :' The herald said, ' The Bishop of Durham
Is captaine of that companye.
' For the Bishop hath spred the King's banner, And to battell he buskes him bowne' ;
i I sweare by St Andrewes bones,' saies the King, ' I'le rapp that priest on the crowne ! '
The King look'd towards litle Durham,
And that hee well beheld, That the Earle Percy was well arm'd,
With his battell-axe entred the feild.
The King look'd again towards litle Durham,
Four ancyents there saw he; There were two standards, six in a valley,
He cold not see them with his eye.
My Lord of Yorke was one of them,
My Lord of Carlile was the other, And my Lord Fitzwilliams,
The Bishop came with the other.
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