• TABLE OF CONTENTS
HIDE
 Front Cover
 Front Matter
 Frontispiece
 Title Page
 Table of Contents
 List of Illustrations
 Robin Hood and the guy of...
 The childe of Elle
 Adam Bell, Clym of the Clough,...
 Sir Lancelot du Lake
 The frolicksome Duke; or, the tinker's...
 The more modern ballad of Chevy...
 King Edward the fourth and the...
 The heir of Linne
 Sir Andrew Barton
 Brave Lord Willoughbey
 King John and the Abbott of...
 Robin Hood and the curtal...
 Robin Hood and Allen-a-Dale
 Valentine and Ursine
 The king and miller of Mansfie...
 Advertising
 Back Cover
 Spine






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Title: The Book of brave old ballads illustrated with sixteen coloured engravings ; from drawings by John Gilbert
Alternate Title: Brave ballads
Boy's book of ballads
Physical Description: vii, 229, 1, 2 p., 16 leaves of plates : col. ill. ; 19 cm.
Language: English
Creator: Gilbert, John, 1817-1897 ( Illustrator )
Thomas, William Luson, 1830-1900 ( Engraver )
Ward, Lock, & Tyler ( Publisher )
J. Ogden and Co ( Printer )
Publisher: Ward, Lock, and Tyler
Place of Publication: London
Manufacturer: J. Ogden and Co.
Publication Date: 1870
Copyright Date: 1870
 Subjects
Subject: Chivalry -- Juvenile poetry   ( lcsh )
Adventure and adventurers -- Juvenile poetry   ( lcsh )
Courts and courtiers -- Juvenile poetry   ( lcsh )
Kings and rulers -- Juvenile poetry   ( lcsh )
Ballads -- 1870   ( rbgenr )
Publishers' advertisements -- 1870   ( rbgenr )
Bldn -- 1871
Genre: Ballads   ( rbgenr )
Publishers' advertisements   ( rbgenr )
poetry   ( marcgt )
Spatial Coverage: England -- London
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General Note: Date attributed by RLIN.
General Note: Publisher's advertisements follow text.
General Note: Illustrations engraved by Thomas after Gilbert.
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Table of Contents
    Front Cover
        Front Cover 1
        Front Cover 2
    Front Matter
        Front Matter 1
        Front Matter 2
        Front Matter 3
    Frontispiece
        Frontispiece
    Title Page
        Page i
        Page ii
    Table of Contents
        Page iii
        Page iv
    List of Illustrations
        Page v
        Page vi
        Page vii
    Robin Hood and the guy of Gisborne
        Page 1
        Page 2
        Page 3
        Page 4
        Page 5
        Page 6
        Page 7
        Page 8
        Page 9
        Page 10
        Page 10a
        Page 11
        Page 12
        Page 13
        Page 14
        Page 15
        Page 16
    The childe of Elle
        Page 17
        Page 18
        Page 19
        Page 20
        Page 21
        Page 22
        Page 23
        Page 24
        Page 25
        Page 26
        Page 27
        Page 28
        Page 28a
        Page 29
    Adam Bell, Clym of the Clough, and William of Cloudesly
        Page 30
        Page 31
        Page 32
        Page 33
        Page 34
        Page 35
        Page 36
        Page 36a
        Page 37
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        Page 60a
        Page 61
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        Page 66
        Page 67
        Page 68
        Page 69
        Page 70
        Page 71
        Page 72
        Page 73
    Sir Lancelot du Lake
        Page 74
        Page 75
        Page 76
        Page 76a
        Page 77
        Page 78
        Page 79
        Page 80
        Page 81
    The frolicksome Duke; or, the tinker's good fortune
        Page 82
        Page 83
        Page 84
        Page 85
        Page 86
        Page 87
        Page 88
    The more modern ballad of Chevy Chase
        Page 89
        Page 90
        Page 91
        Page 92
        Page 93
        Page 94
        Page 95
        Page 96
        Page 97
        Page 98
        Page 98a
        Page 99
        Page 100
        Page 101
        Page 102
        Page 103
        Page 104
        Page 105
    King Edward the fourth and the Tanner of Tamworth
        Page 106
        Page 107
        Page 108
        Page 109
        Page 110
        Page 111
        Page 112
        Page 113
        Page 114
        Page 114a
        Page 115
        Page 116
        Page 117
    The heir of Linne
        Page 118
        Page 119
        Page 120
        Page 121
        Page 122
        Page 123
        Page 124
        Page 125
        Page 126
        Page 127
        Page 128
        Page 129
        Page 130
        Page 130a
        Page 131
        Page 132
    Sir Andrew Barton
        Page 133
        Page 134
        Page 135
        Page 136
        Page 137
        Page 138
        Page 139
        Page 140
        Page 141
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        Page 149
        Page 150
        Page 150a
        Page 151
        Page 152
        Page 153
        Page 154
    Brave Lord Willoughbey
        Page 155
        Page 156
        Page 156a
        Page 157
        Page 158
        Page 159
        Page 160
        Page 161
    King John and the Abbott of Canterbury
        Page 162
        Page 163
        Page 164
        Page 164a
        Page 165
        Page 166
        Page 167
        Page 168
        Page 169
    Robin Hood and the curtal friar
        Page 170
        Page 171
        Page 172
        Page 173
        Page 174
        Page 174a
        Page 175
        Page 176
        Page 177
        Page 178
        Page 179
        Page 180
    Robin Hood and Allen-a-Dale
        Page 181
        Page 182
        Page 183
        Page 184
        Page 185
        Page 186
        Page 186a
        Page 187
    Valentine and Ursine
        Page 188
        Page 189
        Page 190
        Page 191
        Page 192
        Page 193
        Page 194
        Page 195
        Page 196
        Page 196a
        Page 197
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        Page 206
        Page 207
        Page 208
        Page 209
        Page 210
        Page 211
        Page 212
        Page 213
    The king and miller of Mansfield
        Page 214
        Page 215
        Page 216
        Page 217
        Page 218
        Page 218a
        Page 219
        Page 220
        Page 221
        Page 222
        Page 223
        Page 224
        Page 225
        Page 226
        Page 227
        Page 228
        Page 229
        Page 230
    Advertising
        Page 231
        Page 232
        Page 233
    Back Cover
        Page 234
        Page 235
    Spine
        Page 236
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THE BOOK


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BALLADS.


*Ituntratetb fitl 4iNtern Colourtb engrabing,
FROM DRAWINGS BY JOHN GILBERT.





"I never heard the old song of Percie and, Douglas, that I found not my
heart moved more than with a trumpet."-SIR PHILIP SIDNEY.


LONDON:


WARD,


LOCK,


AND


TYLER,


WARWICK HOUSE, PATERNOSTER ROW.


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LONO)ON :
PRINTED BY J. OGDEN AND CO.,
172, ST. JOHN STREET, E.C.



















ONTENTS.


ROBIN HOOD


AND GUY OF GISBORNE .


THE CHILD OF ELLE

ADAM BELL, CLYMI OF


THE OLOUGH,


AND WILLIAM,


CLO1JDESLY-


Part the First
Part the Second
Part the Third


SIR LANCELOT DU LAKE.


THE FROLICKSOME DUKE; OR, THE TINKER'S GOOD FORtTUNE


TILE MORE MODERN BALLAD OF CHEVY


CHASE


KING EDWARD IV. AND THE TANNER OF TAMWORTH


. 106


THE HEIR OF LINNE-


Part the First .
Part the Second .


118


. .


124


C


PAGE


17


OF


30
43
55

74

82

89









Contents.


PAGE


SIR ANDREW BARTON-


Part the First .

Part the Second


BRAVE LORD WILLOUGHBEY

KING JOHN AND THE ABBOT


OF CANTERBURY


ROBIN HOOD AND THE CURTAL FRIAR

ROBIN HOOD AND ALLEN-A-DALE


VALENTINE AND


URSINE-


Part the First .
Part the Second


188


. 198


THE KING AND THE MILLER


OF MANSFIELD-


Part the First .
Part the Second


IV


133


. 142


155


.1652


170


. 181


214


. 222


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ILLUSTRATIONS.


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1. SIR Guy or GISBORNE.


He took Sir Guy's head by the hair,
And stuck it upon his bow's end


2. THE CHILD OF ELLE.


Pardon, my lord and father dear,
This fair young knight and me .


3. ADAM BELL, CLYM OF THE CLOTJGH, &C.


Cloudesly bent a right good bow,


That was of a trusty tree


They kneeled down without hindrance,


And each held up his hand.


SIR LANCELOT Du LAKE.


She brought him to a river side
And also to a tree .


PAGE


. 11


28


. 36


S 5.


60


. 76









Illustrations.


6. THE FaOLTCKSOME DUKE.


wait.


bed of state,
on him did


. 84


7. CHEVY CHASE.


Then leaving 1;fe, Earl Percy took


The dead man by the hand


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8. KING EDWARD AND THE TANNER.


The tanner he pulled, the tanner he sweat,


And held by the pummel fast.


9. THE HEIR OF LINNE.


And he pulled forth three bags of gold,
And laid them down upon the board .


1; SIR ANDREW BARTON.


They boarded then his noble ship,
They boarded it with might and main


11. THE BRAVE LORD WILLOUGHBEY.
They kneeled on the ground,
And praised God devoutly .

1 THE ABBOT OF CANTERBURY.


Then home rode the abbot of comfort so cold,
And he met his shepherd a going to fold.


vi


(Frontispiece.)


Now he lay something late, in his rich
Till at last knights and squires, they


PAGE


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. 114


130


150


a 1Iot


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Illustrations. vii

PAGE
13. ROBIN HooD AND THE CURTAL FRIAR.
The friar took Robin Hood on his back,
Deep water he did bestride 174

14. THE MARRIAGE OF ALLEN-A-DALE.
He ask'd them seven times in the church,
Lest three times should not be enough. . 187

15. VALENTINE AND URSINE.
And kneeling down upon his knee,
Presents him to the king. 197

16. THE MILLER OF MANSFIELD.
Well, quo' the miller's wife, young man, ye're wel-
come here;
And, though I say it, well lodged shall be 218












THE


BOY'S


BOOK


OF


BALLAD


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HEN


shaws1


be sheen,2


and swards


full fair,


And leaves


both large


and long,


It is merry walking


in the fair forest


To hear the small birds'


song.


The woodweel3
Sitting upon


sang,


and would


not


cease,


the spray,


So. loud, he


wakened


Robin Hood,


In the
1 Woods.


greenwood where he


lay.


2 Shining.


3 A kind of thrush.


S .


6e5hrnt.


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Robin


Hood and


Now by


my faith,


said jolly


Robin,


A sweaven1 I had


this night;


dreamt me of


two


wight2


yeomen


fast with


me can fight.


Methought


they did me


beat and


bind,


And took my


be Robin


bow me fro';


alive


in this land,


I'll be wroken3 on them two.


Swetvens


are swift, master,


quoth


John,


As the wind


that blows o'er


For if it be never so loud this


To-nkorrow it may


be still.


Busk


ye,


bowne"


ye, my merry men all,


And John shall go
For I'll go seek yon


with me,


wight


yeomen,


In the


greenwood where they


1 Dream.


4 Make ready.


2 Strong.


8 Revenged.


That


If I


a hill;
night,


be.








of Gisborne.


Then they cast


on their


gowns


of


green,


And took their bows each one,


And they


away


to the


green


for 6st,


A shooting


forth are gone ;


Until


they came to the merry


greenwood,


Where


they


had gladdest be,


There were they aware of


a wight


yeoman,


His body leaned to a tree.


A sword


and a dagger


he


wore


by


his side,


Of many a man the


And he was clad in


Top


his capull1


hide


and tail and mane.


Stand


you still, master, quoth


Little


John,


Under this tree so green,


I will


go


to


To know what


yon wight


he doth


yeoman


mean.


1 Horse-hide.


Guy


bane ;


And







Robin


Hood and


Ah! John, by me thou settest no


store,


And that I


fairly


find ;


oft send I my men before,


And tarry


myself


behind ?


It is no cunning a knave to


ken,


An1 a man but hear him speak


An it were not for bursting


of


my bow,


John,


thy


As often words


head


they


would


breeden


break.


bale, 2


So they parted,


Robin and John;


And John is gone to Barnesdale :


The gates


he knoweth each


But when he came to Barnesdale,
Great heaviness there he had,


For he found


two of


his


own fellows


Were


slain


both


in


a glade.


2 Mischief.


' If.


' Ways.


How


one.








of Gisborne.


And Scarlett


he was flying a-foot


Fast over stock and stone,


For the proud


sheriff


with


seven score men


Fast after him is gone.


One shot now


I will


shoot


, quoth


John,


(With


Christe


his might


and main ;)


I'll make yon


fellow


that flies


so fast,


To stop


he shall


be fain.


Then


John bent up


his long


bende-bow,


And fettled1


him to shoot :


The bow was made


of tender


bough,


And fell down


to his foot.


Woe worth,


woe worth thee,


wicked wood,


That ere thou grew on a tree;


now this day thou art my bale,


boote2 when thou shouldst


be.


1 Made ready.


Guy


For


My


2Help.







Robin


Hood and


His shoot


was but loosely


Yet flew not the arrow in


shot,
vain,


For it met


Good


one of the sheriff's


men,-


William-a-Trent was slain.


It had


been


better


for William-a-Trent


To have been


a-bed


with


sorrow,


Than


to be that day


To meet


with


Little


in the greenwood


John's


glade


arrow.


But as


it is said,


when men be met,


can do more than three,


The sheriff


hath


taken


Little John,


And bound


him fast to a tree.


Thou shalt


I
be drawn


by


dale and down,


And hang'd


high on a


But thou mayst fail of


If it be Christe


hill.


thy purpose, quoth John,


his will.


Five







of Gisborne.


Let us leave


talking


of Little


John,


And think


of Robin


he is gone to


the wight


yeoman,


Where under the leaves he


stood.


Good morrow,


good fellow, said


Robin so fair,


Good morrow, good fellow, quoth he :


Methinks


by this


bow thou bear'st in thy hand,


A good archer thou shouldst be.


I am wilful' of my way,


quo' the yeoman,


And of my morning tide.


I'll lead thee through the wood, said Robin;


Good fellow,


I'll be thy guide.


I seek an outlaw, the stranger said,


Men call him Robin Hood;


Rather I'd meet with that proud outlaw


Than forty pounds so good.


1 Missing.


Guy


How


Hood,







Robin


Hood and


I,


First


let us some mastery make


Among the woods so even,
We may chance to meet with


Robin


Hood


Here at some unset1 steven.

They cut them down two summer shoggs,2


That


grew both under a briar,


And set them threescore rod, in


To shoot the pricks3


twain,


y-fere.


Lead


on, good


fellow,


quoth


Robin


Hood,


Lead


on,


I do


bid thee.


my faith,


good


fellow,


he said,


leader


thou


shalt be.


1 Unexpectedly.


2 Twigs.


3 Marks.


Together.


Now come with me, thou wighty yeoman,
And Robin thou soon shalt see :
But first let us some pastime find
Under the greenwood tree.


Nay


by


My


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of Gisborne.


The first


time Robin shot


at the prick,


He miss'd but an


inch it fro' :


The yeoman he was an archer good,


But he could never shoot so.


The second shoot


He shot


within


had the wighty
the garlAnd ;1


yeoman,


But Robin


he shot far better than he,


For he clave the good prick-wand.


A blessing


upon


thy heart, he said ;


Good


fellow, thy


shooting


is good;


For an thy heart be as good as thy


hand,


Thou


wert better


than


Robin


Hood.


Now tell


me thy


name,


good


fellow,


Under the


leaves of


lyne.2


Nay,


by


my faith, quoth bold Robin,


Till thou have told me thine.


2 Lime.


1 A. ring round the prick.


Gu/y


said


he,







Hood and


dwell by


dale and


down,


quoth


And Robin to take I'm sworn;


And when I


am called by


my right


name,


am Guy


dwelling


thee I


By


am Robin


of good


Gisb6rne.


is in this wood,


set right


Hood


says


Robin,


nought,:


of Barnesdale,


Whom thou so long


hast sought.


He that had


neither been


kith nor kin,


Might have seen a full


see how together these


With


blades both


brown


fair sight,


yeomen went
and bright.


To see how these yeomen together they fought


Two hours of a summer's day:


Yet neither


Robin


Hood nor


sir Guy


Them fettled


to fly


away.


10


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he,


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of Gisborne.


Robin was reachles1


of a root,


And stumbled at that tide;


And Guy


was quick


and nimble


withal,


And hit him o'er the left


Ah dear Lady,


said Robin


Hood,


thou,


Thou art both mother and may',2


think it was never man's


To die before


destiny


his day.


Robin


thought on


And soon leapt


our Lady
up again,


And straight he came with


a backward


stroke,


And he sir Guy


He took .sir Guy's


And stuck


upon


Thou hast been a traitor


Which


hath


head


slain.


by


the hair,


his bow's-end :


all thy


life,


thing must have an end.


1 Careless.


Guy


II


side.


dear,


Maid.







Robin


Hood and


Robin


pulled forth


an Irish


knife,


And nick'd


sir Guy


in the face,


That he was never o' woman born,


Could tell


whose


Says,


Lie there,


lie there now,


sir Guy,


And with


me be not wroth;


If thou


have had the worst strokes at


Thou shalt


have


the better


my hand,


cloth.


Robin


did off his


gown


of


green,


on sir Guy


did throw,


And he put on that capull hide,


That clad


him top to toe.


The bow,


the


arrows,


and little


horn,


with


me I will


will away


bear ;


to Barnesdale,


see how my men do fare.


12


head


it


was.


And


Now


For I


To







of Gisborne.


Robin


Hood


set Guy's


And a loud blast in


horn to his
it did blow,


mouth,


beheard


the sheriff


of Nottingham,


As he leaned under a lowe.1


Hearken,


hearken,


said the sheriff,


hear now tidings


good,


For yonder


And he hath


Yonder


hear sir Guy's


slain


Robin


hear sir Guy's horn


horn blow,


Hood.


blow,


It blows so


well in


And yonder comes that wighty


Clad


yeoman,


in his capull hide.


Come hither, come hither, thou good sir Guy,


Ask what thou


wilt of


0 I will


none


of thy


gold, said


Robin,


will none of


thy


1 Little hill.


Guy


13


That


tide,


me.


Nor I


fee.








14 Robin Hood and


But now I


have slain the master,


Let me go strike


the knave ;


For this is all the reward I ask;


no other


will I have.


Thou art a madman, said


the sheriff,


Thou


shouldst


have


had a knight's


But seeing


thy


asking


hath


been


so bad,


granted


it shall be.


When


Little


John


heard


his master


speak,


Well knew he it was his steven :I
Now shall I be loosed, quoth Little


John,


With


Christe


his might


in heaven.


he hied him to Little John,


He thought to loose him


The sheriff


Fast


after


belive;2


and all his company


him did drive.


2 Immediately.


he


says,


Nor


Well


fee :


Fast Robin


I Voice.







of Gisborne.


15


Stand


back,


stand


back,


said Robin;


Why


draw


you


me so near ?


It was never the use in our country,


One's


shrift


another


should


But Robin


pulled forth


an Irish


knife,


And loosed


And gave him


John


hand


and foot,


sir Guy's bow


into his hand,


And bade it be his boote.


Then


John


he took Guy's


bow in his hand,


His bolts


and arrows each one:


When the sheriff saw Little John


He fettled


bend his bow,


him to be gone.


Towards


his house


in Nottingham


town,


He fled full


And


Not


fast away;


so did all the company:


one behind would stay.


Guly


hear.








.Robiniz


Hood


and Guy


of Gisborne.


But he could


neither run so fast,


Nor away so fast could ride,


But Little John with an


arrow so


broad,


He shot him into the back-side.


i6
















'N yonder hill a castle stands,
With walls and towers bedight, 2
And yonder lives the Childe of Elle,
A young and comely knight.

The Childe of Elle to his garden went,
And stood at his garden-pale,
When, lo! he beheld fair Emmeline's page
Come tripping down the dale.

The Childe of Elle he hied him thence,
I wist he stood not still,
And soon he met fair Emmeline's page
Come climbing up the hill.
1 Knight. 2 Bedeck'd.







The Childe


of


Elle.


Now Christe thee save, thou little foot-page,


Now


Christe thee save and see !


Oh tell me how does thy lady


gay,


And what


may thy


tidings


she is all woe-begone,


And the tears they fall
And aye she laments the


from


deadly


her eyne ;1


feud


Between her house and thine.


And here she sends thee


a silken


scarf


Bedewed


with many a


And bids thee sometimes


tear,
think


on her,


loved thee so dear.


And here she sends


thee a ring


of gold,


The last boon thou may'st have,


And bids thee wear


When


it for her sake,


she is laid in grave..
1Eyes.


i8


My


lady


be?


Who








The Ch ilde


of Elle.


19


ah her gentle heart is broke,


And


in grave soon must she be,


For her father hath


chose her a new new love,


And forbid


her to think


of thee.


Her father hath brought her a carlish' knight,
0


Sir John


of the north country,


And within three days


she must him


Or he


vows he will


her slay.


Now hie thee back, thou little


And greet


thy


foot-page,


lady from me,


And tell her


Will die,


that I, her own


or set


true love,


her free.


Now


hie thee back,


And let thy


thou little


fair lady


foot-page,


know,


This night,


will I be at her bower-window,


Betide me weal or woe.


1 Churlish.


For,


wed,







The Childe


of Elle.


The boy


he tripped, the


boy


he ran,


He neither


stint


nor stayed


Until he


came to fair


Emmeline's


bower,


When,


kneeling down, he said,


0 lady,


I've been with


thine own


true love,


And he greets thee well by me


This night


will he


be at thy


bower-window,


And die


or set thee free.


was gone,


and night was come,


And all


were


All save the lady


Who


fast asleep,


Emmeline,


sate in her bower to weep :


And soon she


heard


her tru6


love's voice


Low


Awake,


'Tis I,


whispering
awake, my


thy true


at the wall;


dear
love,


lady,
call.


1 Stopped.


20


Now


day







T e Childe of


Awake,


Come,


awake,


mount


my lady


dear


this fair palfrey:


This ladder


I'll


carry


of


ropes


thee hence


will let thee down,


away.


now nay, thou gentle


nay,


this


knight,


may not be;


should


tint1


my


maiden


fame,


If alone


0 lady,


May'st


I should


thou with


safely


wend2


a knight


wend


with thee.


so true


alone;


my lady


Where


mother


marriage


will thee


shall


make


bring,


us one.


father


he is


Of lineage


And what


Away


a baron


proud


would


with


he


a knight


bold,


and high;


say if his daughter


should


fly?


2 Go.


1 Lose.


Elle.


21


Now


nay,


Now


For


aye


To


My







The Childe


of Elle.


Ah! well I


wot,


he never


would rest,


Nor his meat should


do him no good,


Till he


had slain


thee,


Childe


of Elle,


seen thy


dear heart's


blood.


0 lady,


And


wert thou in
a little space


thy


saddle


him fro',


would not


care for thy


cruel


father,


Nor the worst


that he could


0 lady,


wert thou in thy


saddle set,


And once without this wall,


would not care for thy


Nor the worst


cruel


that might


father,


befall.


Fair Emmeline


sighed,


fair Emmeline


wept,


And aye her heart was woe:


At length


he seized


her lily-white


hand,


And down the ladder


he drew:


22


And


set,


do.







Th e Childe


of E lle.


And thrice


he clasped her to


his breast,


And kissed her tenderly:


The tears that fell from
Ran like the fountain


her fair eyes,


free.


He mounted


himself


on his steed


so tall,


And her on


And slung


a fair


his bugle


palfr6y,


about his neck,


And roundly they


rode away.


All this beheard her own damsel,


In her bed


wherein she lay ;


Quoth


she,


My


lord shall know


of this,


shall have


gold


and fee.


Awake,


awake,


thou


baron


bold!


Awake, my noble dame!
Your daughter is fled with the


To do the


Childe of


deed of shame.


23


So I


Elle,







The Childe


of Elle.


The baron


he woke,


the baron he rose,


And called


his merry men all:


And come thou


Thy


lady


forth,


is carried


Sir John
to thrall.


the knight,


Fair Emmeline scarce had


A mile forth


ridden a mile,


of the town,


When


Come


she was aware of


galloping over


her father's men


the down:


And foremost came the carlish


Sir John


knight,


of the north country :


now stop, thou false


traitor,


carry


that lady away.


For she


is come


of


high


lineage,


was of


a lady born,


And ill it beseems thee,


a false


churl's son,


To carry her


hence to scorn.


24


Now


stop,


Nor


And







The Ckildce of Elle. 25


Now loud thou liest, Sir John the knight,
Now thou dost lie of me;
A knight me got, and a lady me bore,
So never did none by thee.


But light now down, my lady fair,
Light down, and hold my steed,
While I and this discourteous knight
Do try this arduous deed.


But light now down, my dear lady,
Light down, and hold my horse;
While I and this discourteous knight
Do try our valour's force.


Fair Emmeline sighed, fair Emmeline
And aye her heart was woe,
While twixtt her love and the carlish knight
Past many a baleful blow.







The Childe


of Elle.


The Childe


of Elle he fought
0


so well,


As his weapon he waved amain,


soon he had


slain the


carlish


knight,


And laid him upon the plain.


And


now the baron and


Full fast approached


Ah! what may lady


'Twere now no


Her lover he put
And blew both
And soon he saw


all his


men


nigh :


Emmeline


do!


boote1 to fly.


his horn to his mouth,


loud and shrill,
his own merry


men


Come


riding


over the hill.


hold thy hand, thou bold


pray thee, hold


thy


baron,


hand,


Nor ruthless rend two gentle hearts,


knit in true


love's


band.


1 Good.


26


That


Now


Fast







The Childe


of Elle.


daughter


have dearly


loved


Full long and many a day;


But with such love as


holy kirk


Hath


freely


said


we may.


0 give consent


And bless


My lands


she may


a faithful


be mine,


pair :


and livings are not


small,


My house and lineage fair:


My mother she was an earl's


daughter,


And a noble


knight


The baron he frowned, and turned away


With


mickle'


dole and ire.


Fair Emmeline


sighed,


fair Emmeline wept,


And did all


trembling stand :


At length


she


sprang


upon her knee,


And held his lifted


hand.


1 Much grief.


Thy


27


my


sire-







Childe


of Elle.


Pardon, my lord and


This


fair


young


father dear,


knight and me:


Trust me, but for


the carlish


knight,


never


had fled


Oft have you called your


Your darling


and


your


0 let not then your harsh


Emmeline


joy ;


resolves


Your


Emmeline destroy.


The baron he stroked


his dark-brown


cheek,


And turned


his head


aside


To wipe away
He proudly


the starting tear
strove to hide.


In deep


revolving


thought he


stood,


And mused a


little space:


Then


raised


fair Emmeline


from the


ground,


With many a


fond embrace.


28


T7eic


from


thee.























4;2


TA


'


" I


THE CHILD OF ELLE.


1
~-


11. -'
'v^-







lhe Childe


of Elle.


Here,


take her,


Childe


of Elle,


he said,


And gave her lily
Here, take my dear


hand;


and only


And with her half


my


land :


In days


of youthful


pride;


Do thou


the injury repair


In fondness


for thy


bride.


And as thou love her, and


Heaven prosper


And now my blessing


hold her dear,


thee and thine :


wend


wi,


thee,


My lovely Emmeline.


29


child,


Thy


father once mine honour wronged


















4'am


iiaRnm f THE IsT.

PART THE FIRST.


ERRY it was
Among the


in the green


forest


leaves green,


Wherein men hunt east and west


With bows


and arrows keen;


To raise


Such


the deer out


sights


hath


of their


den;


oft been seen;


As by three yeomen of


the north


country,


them


it is I mean.


1 Clem (Clement) of the cliff.


an~


By







Adam


Bell,


Clym of tke


Clough,


one of them


hight '


Adam


The other


The third


Clym


was William


of the Clough,


of Cloudesly,


. An archer


good


They were outlawed


These


enough.


for venison,


yeomen everyone;


They


swore


together upon


a day,


To English wood to be gone.


Now lithe and listen, gentlemen,


That


of mirth loveth to hear:


Two of them were single men,


The third had


a wedded


fere.


William


was the wedded man,


Much


more then was


his


care :


He said to his brethren


upon a


To Carlisle


he would


fare, a


1 Called.


The


6~c.


3I


Bell,


day,


Pass.


2Mate.







A,,dam


Bell,


Cly mr


of t/he


C lo mogh,


For to speak


with


fair Alice


his wife,


And with


his children three.


my troth,


Not by


said Adam


the counsel of


Bell,
me:


For if


ye go


to Carlisle,


brother,


And from


this wild wood wend,


If that


the justice


should


you take,


Your


life were at an end.


If that


I come not to-morrow,


brother,


prymeI


to


you again,


Trust


you


then


that I am taken


slain.


, Or else that I am


He took his leave of


And to Carlisle


he


his brethren


is gone:


There


he knocked


at his own window


Shortly and


anon.


1 Noon.


32


By


By


two,







and William of Cloudesly.


Where


be


you, fair Alice,


he said,


wife and children


three ?


Lightly let


in thine


own husband,


William


Alas !


of Cloudesly.


then said fair Alice,


And sighed wondrous sore,


This place


hath


been beset


for


you


This half a year and more.


Now am I


here, said


Cloudesly,


would
fetch


And let


that in I were :


us meat
us make


and drink enough,


good


cheer.


She fetched


him meat


and drink


plenty,


Like a true wedded


And pleased him


wife;


with that she


Whom she loved as her


had,


life.


3o


My


Now







Adam


Bell,


Clym


of the


Clough,


There lay an old wife


in that place,


A little


beside


the fire,


Which


William


had found


of charity


More than seven year.


Up she


rose,


and forth she goes,


Evil


may she speed


For she had set no foot


In seven


Ste went


As fast


therefore ;


on ground


year before.


unto the justice hall,


as she could


hie :


This night,


she said,


is come


to town


William


of Cloudesly.


Thereat


the justice


was full


fayne,'


And so was the


sheriff


also:


Thou shalt not travel hither, dame-,
Thy meed thou shalt have ere


for nought;


thou go.


I Glad.


34







and Wkilliam


of Cloudesly.


They


gave to


her


a right


good


gown


Of scarlet,
She took. the


And couched


and of grain :1


gift,


and home she


her down


They raised


the town of


merry


Carlisle


In all the haste they can;


And came


thronging to


William's


house,


As fast


as they


might


There


they beset that good yeoman


Round about on every side :


William


That


Alice


heard great
thither-ward


opened


noise of


fast hied.


And looked all about,


She was 'ware of


the justice and sheriff both,


And with them a great rout.


1 Red.


35


went,


again.


ran.


folks


a back window







Adam Bell,


36


Clym


of the


Clough,


Alas!


treason, cried


Alice,


Ever woe may thou be!


Go into my chamber,


husband


, she said,


Sweet


William


of Cloudesly.


He took his sword


His bow and


and his buckler,


his children three,


And went into his strongest


chamber,


Where


he thought


surest


to be.


Fair Alice, like a lover true,


Took a pollaxe


in her


hand:


Said,


He shall


die that cometh in


door,


while


I may stand.


Cloudesly


bent a right


That was of


good


bow,


a trusty tree,


He smote the justice on the breast,


That


his arrow burst in three.


This




















,A ,',:


- .'.-~--


4f~,


VJ.LTHOMscI


ADAM BELL AND CLYM OF THE CLOUGIL







and Wzlliam of Cloudesly.


37


A


curse on
This day


If it had


That


his heart,


said William,


thy coat put on !


been no better than mine,


had gone near thy bone.


Yield


thee,


Cloudesly, said


the justice,


And thy
curse on


bow and thy arrows thee fro'.


his heart,


said fair Alice,


husband


counselleth


Set fire on the


house, said


the sheriff,


Since


it will no better be,


And burn we therein


William,


he said,


His wife and children


three.


They


fired the house


in many


a place,


The fire


flew up on high:


Alas!


then cried


I see we here


fair Alice,
shall die.


That


my


so.







Adam Bell,


Clym


of th/e


Clough,


William opened
That was in


a back


window,


his chamber hi',


And there


with


sheets


he did let


down


His wife and children three.


Have you here


My


my treasure, said William,


wife and my children three :


For Christ's love do them no


But wreak


William


shot


harm,


you all on me.


so wondrous


Till his arrows were all


well,


ago


And the fire


so fast


upon


him fell


his bowstring


burnt


in two.


The sparkles


Good


burnt


William


and fell upon


of Cloudesly :


Then was he a woeful man, and


is a coward's


death to me.


38


That


This


said,







and William of Cloudesly.


39


Liever


had I,


said William,


With my sword


in the route to run,


Than here among mine enemies


wode1


Thus cruelly to burn.


He took his sword


and his buckler,


And among them all he ran:


Where the people were most in prece,


He smote down many a


man.


There


might no man abide


his strokes,


So fiercely on them he ran :


Then they threw windows,
And so took that good


and doors on him,


yeoman.


There they him


bound both


hand


and foot,


And in deep


Now


Cloudesly, said


dungeon him cast:


the justice,


Thou


shalt
1 Wild.


be hanged


in haste.


2 Pressed.







Adam Bell,


Clym


of Mei


Clough,


A pair


of


new gallows, said


the sheriff,


shall I


for thee make;


And the


gates of


Carlisle


shall be


shut :


man shall


come


in threat.


Then shall


not help


Clym of


the Clough,


Nor yet


shall Adam


Though they came with


a thousand more,


Nor all the


devils


in hell.


Early


in the morning


the justice


uprose,


To the


gates first gan he to gon',


And commanded


to be shut full


close


Lightly every one.


Then went he to the market


place,


As fast


There a
Beside


as he could


pair


hie;


of new gallows


the pillory.


40


Now


No


Bell,


he


set


up







and William of Cloudesly.


41


A little


boy


among


them


asked,


What


meaneth that gallows-tree ?


They


said to hang


a good


yeoman,


Called William


of Cloudesly.


That little boy was the town swine-herd,


And kept
Oft he had


fair Alice's swine;


seen William


in the


wood,


And given


him there


to dine.


He went out at a crevice


in the wall,


And lightly to the wood did


gon'


There met he with these wight yeomen


Shortly and anon.


Alas!


then said that little


Ye tarry


boy,


here all too long;


Cloudesly is taken, and dampned1 to death,


All ready


for to hong.2


1 Condemned.


2Hang.


PO.- A-.







Adam


Bell,


Clym


of the


Clough,


Alas!


then


said good


Adam Bell,


That ever we


see this


He had better with us have tarried,


So oft


as we did him


pray.


He might


have


dwelt


in


green


forest,


Under


the shadows green,


And have kept both him and us


at rest,


Out of all trouble and teen.1


Adam bent a


right


good bow,


A great hart soon he


Take that, child,


had slain;


he said, to thy dinner,


And bring


me mine


arrow


again.


Now go we hence, said these wight yeomen,


Tarry we no longer here;


We shall him borrow' by God his grace,


Though


we buy


it full


dear.


R2 edeem.


42


day !


1 Sorrow.







and William


of Cloudesly. 43


To Carlisle went these bold yeomen,


All in the


Here


morning


is a FYT1 of


of May.


Cloudesly,


And another


is for to


1 S0-


PART THE SECOND.


ND when they


came to merry Carlisle,


All in the morning


tide,


They found the gates shut them against


About


on every


Alas!


then said


good


Adam


That ever we were made men!


These


gates be


shut so wondrous


We may not come therein.


1 Part of a song.


say.


side.


Bell,


fast,







Adam Bell,


Clym


of the


Clough,


Then


bespake


him Clym


of the Clough,


With


a wile we


will us in bring;


Let us say we be


messengers,


Straight


Adam said,


come


now from our


I have a


letter


king.


written,


Now let us wisely work,


We will say we have


the king's


seal;


I hold


Then Adam


the porter no clerk.


Bell beat on the gates


With strokes great and strong,


The porter marvelled who


was there,


And to the gates he throng.1


Who


is there now,


said the porter,


maketh


all this knocking ?


We be two messengers, quoth


Be come right


from


Clym of the Clough,


our king.


1 Hastened.


44


That








and William of Cloudesly.


45


We have a letter, said


Adam


To the


justice we must


it bring;


Let us in our message to


That we may again


to the king.


Here cometh none in, said


By


the porter,


him that died on a tree,


Till a false thief


be hanged


Called


William


of Cloudesly.


Then spake the good yeoman,


Clym of the Clough,


swore


by


Mary


And if that we stand long without,


Like


a thief hanged thou shalt be.


Lo here we have the


king's


What,


Lurden,1 art


thou wood ?2


The. porter thought


And lightly


did


it had been


so,


off his hood.


2 Mad.


1 Sluggard.


Bell,


do,


up,


And


free


seal:








46 Adam Bell, Clym of the C lough,


Welcome is my


lord's seal,


he said;


For that


ye shall come in.


He opened the gate full shortly;
An evil opening for him.


Now are we in, said Adam Bell,


Whereof


we are full fain;


But Christ


he knows,


that harrowed


we shall come out again.


Had we the


keys,


said Clym of


the Clough,


Right


Then


well then should


might we come out


we speed,
well enough


When


we see time and need.


They called the


porter


to counsel,


And wrung


his neck in two,


And cast him in


a deep


dungeon,


And took his keys him fro'.


How


hell,







and William of Cloudesly.


Now am I porter, said


See,


brother,


Adam


Bell,


the keys are here,


The worst porter to merry Carlisle


they


had this hundred


now will we our


year.


bows bend,


Into the town will we go,
For to deliver our dear brother,


lyeth


in


care and


Then


they


And looked


bent their


good


their strings


yew bows,
were round,


The market'- place in merry


They


Carlisle


beset that stound.1


And, as


they looked


them beside,


A pair


of new gallows they see,


And the justice


with a quest of


squires,


Had judged


William hanged to be.


1 Time.


47


That


And


That


woe.







Adam Bell, Clym of the Clough,


And Cloudesly lay ready
Fast bound both foot
And a strong rope about
All ready for to hang.


The justice called to
Cloudesly's clothes
To take the measure
Thereafter to make


I have seen as great
As between this
He that maketh a
Himself may lie


there in a cart,
and hand;
his neck,


him a lad,
he should have,
of that yeoman,
his grave.


marvel, said Cloudesly,
and pryme,'
grave for me
therein.


Thou speakest proudly, said the justice,
I will thee hang with my hand.
Full well heard this his brethren two,
There still as they did stand.
1 Noon.


48







and William


of Cloudesly.


Then Cloudesly


cast his


eyes aside,


saw his brethren


twain


At a corner of the market place,


Ready


the justice


for to


slain.


see comfort,


Yet hope I well


If I


might have


said Cloudesly,


to fare,


my hands at


Right little would I care.


Then


spake


good Adam


To Clym


of


the -Clough so


Brother, see


you mark the


justice well ;


Lo yonder


you may him see :


And at the


sheriff


shoot


I will


Strongly with arrow


keen;


A better shot in merry Carlisle
This seven year was not seen.


49


And


will


Bell


free,







Adam


50


Bell,


Cliym


of the


Clough,


They loosed


their arrows


both


at once,


no man had


they


dread ;


The one hit the


That both


justice,


their


the other the sheriff,


sides 'gan


bleed.


All men 'voided, that them stood nigh,


When


the justice


fell to the


ground,


And the sheriff


nigh


him by;


Either


had his death's


wound.


All the citizens fast


They durst


began to


fly,


no longer abide :


There


lightly.


they


loosed


Cloudesly,


Where


he with


ropes


William start to an officer


of the town,


His axe from


On each


his hand he


side he smote them


wrung,
down,


He thought he tarried too long.


Of


lay


tied.







and William


of Cloudesly.


William said


to his brethren two,


let us live


and die,


If ever you have need, as I


The same shall


They shot so well


you


find by


me.


in that tide,


Their


strings


were of


silk full


kept the streets on every side;


That battle


did long endure.


They


fought


together as brethren true,


hardy men and bold,


Many a man
And many


But when


to the ground
a heart made


their arrows were


they threw,


cold.


all gone,


Men pressed to them full


They


drew


their


swords


then


anon,


And their


bows


from them cast.


This


51


day


have


now,


That


they


sure,


Like


fast,







Adam Bell,


Clym


of the


Gb ztgk,)


They


went


lightly on


With swords-


and bucklers round


that it was


mid of


the day,


made many a wound.


There was many an out-horn' in Carlisle


And the bells backward


Many a woman said,


blown,


did ring,


Alas!


many


their


hands


did wring.


The mayor


of Carlisle


forth


was come,


With


him,


a full great rout:


These


yeomen dreaded


him full


Of their


lives they stood in


doubt.


The mayor came armed at full great pace,


With


a pollaxe in


his hand ;


Many a


strong man with


There in that store2


to stand.


1 Summons to arms.


52


their


By


way,


They


And


sore,


him


was,


Fight.








and William of Cloudesly.


mayor smote


at Cloudesly


with


his bill,


His buckler


he burst in two,


many


Alas !


a yeoman with


Treason they cried


great


for


Keep


well the gates


fast,


they


bade,


these traitors thereout not go.


But all


For


for nought
so fast they


was that they wrought,


down were laid,


Till they all three, that


so manfully


fought,


Were


gotten


without,


abroad.


Have


here


your


keys,


said Adam


.Mine
And if


office


here forsake,


you do by my


counsel


A new


porter do ye make.


The


53


Full


evil,
woe.


That


Bell,


a







Adam Bell,


Clym of the


Clough,


He threw


their


keys


at their


heads,


And bade


them well to thrive,


And all that letteth' any
To come and comfort


Thus


good


yeoman


his wife.


be these good yeomen gone to the wood,


And lightly, as


To laugh and


leaf on lynde ; 2


be merry in their mood,


Their enemies were


far behind.


And when


they


came


to English wood,


Under the trusty tree,


There


they


found


bows


full good,


arrows


full great plenty.


So God me


help, said


Adam


And Clym


of the Clough


would we were in


merry


so free,
Carlisle,


Before


that fair meynye.3


1 Hindereth.


- Company.


54


And


Bell,


Lirae-tree.








and William of Cloudesly.


They sate them down,
And ate and drank


and made good cheer,


full well.


A second FYT of


the wighty


yeomen,


Another


will


you


tell.


0010


PART THE THIRD.


S they


sat in the merry


green wood,


Under the green-wood
They thought they heard a


tree,


woman weep,


But her they mought1 not see.


Sore then


sighed


the fair Alice:


That ever I saw this


now is my dear husband


Alas!


slain :


and well-a-way!


1 Might for could.


55


For


day !







A dam


Bell,


Clym


of the


Cough,


Might I have spoken to his


dear brethren,


Or with


either of


them


twain,


To show to
My heart


them what him


were


out of


befell,


pain.


Cloudesly


walked


He looked


under


a little


beside,


the green-wood


lynde;


He was aware of


his, wife,'


and children three,


Full woe in heart


Welcome,


wife,


and mind.


then said William,


Under


this trusty


tree :


I had ween'd yesterday,


by


sweet saint


John,


Thou shouldst me never have see'.


well is


me that ye


be here,


My


Dame,


heart is
he said,


out of woe;


be


merry


and glad,


And thank my brethren two.


56


Now







and William


of Cloudesly.


Hereof


to speak,


said Adam


think it is no boot:


The meat,


It runneth


Then


went


that we must sup


yet fast


they down


withal,


on foot.


into a lawn,


These noble archers all three ;


Each


of them slew a


hart of


The best that they


could see.


Have here the best,


Alice


my wife,


Said William


Because


of Cloudesly;


ye so boldly stood by
I


me


When


was slain


full nigh.


Then went


they all into supper


With such meat as they had;


thanked


God of their


fortune:


They were both merry


and glad.


1 Fat hart.


57


Bell,


grease,


And







Adam


Bell,


Clym of


the Clough,


And when they all had supped


Certainly


without lease,


Cloudesly


said,


To get us a


We will to
charter of


our king,


peace.


Alice shall be at our sojourning


In a nunnery here


My two sons shall with


beside ;


her


And there they shall abide.


Mine eldest son shall go


with


For him have you no care:


And he shall


bring


you


word


again,


How


that we do fare.


Thus


be these yeomen to


London gone,


As fast as they


might


Till they came to the king's


Where they


palace,


would needs be.


1 Lies.


well,


go,


me;


hie,







and William


of Cloudesly.


And when


they came


to the king's


court,


Unto the palace gate,
no man would they ask


no leave,


But boldly went in threat.


They


pressed


prestly'


into the


Of no man had


they


The porter came after,


And with them began to


dread:


and did them call,


chide.


The usher said, Yeoman, what would ye


pray


have ?


you tell to me :


You might thus


Good


Sir,


sirs,


make officers shent :2


of whence be ye ?


we be outlaws of


Certainly
And hither


the forest


without lease;


we be come to our king,


To get us a


charter


of


peace.


2 Disgraced.


1 Quickly.


59


Of


hall,







Adam Bell,


Clym of tke


Clougk,


And when


they came


before


the king,


As it was the


They


law of the land,


kneeled down without hindrance,


And each held up


his hand.


They


said, Lord,


we beseech thee


here,


That you will grant us grace;


For we


have slain


your


fat fallow


In many a sundry place.


What


be your names, then


said


our king,


Anon that you tell me ?


They said,


Adam Bell,


Clym


of the Clough,


And William


of Cloudesly.


Be ye


those


thieves


then


said


our king,


That men have told


of to me ?


Here


to God I


Ye shall


make a vow,,


be hanged


all three.


6o


deer



















































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WILLIAM OF CLOUDESLY.


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_2.2






and William of Cloudesly.


Ye shall be dead


As I am


king


He commanded


without mercy,
of this land.


his officers everyone,


Fast on them to lay hand.


There


they


took


these


good


yeomen,


And arrested them all three:


thrive,


said Adam


Bell,


game


liketh not me.


good lord,


we beseech


you now,


That ye grant us grace,
Insomuch as freely to you


As freely


With


such


Till we


And if


we may


from


weapons as we


be out of


your


we live this hundred


We will


ask you


we come,
you pass,


have here,


place ;


year,


no grace.


6i


So


may


This


But,






62 Adam Bell, Clym of the C lough,


Ye speak proudly, said the king;
Ye shall be hanged all three.
That were great pity, then said the queen,
If any grace might be.

My lord, when I came first into this land
To be your wedded wife,
The first boon that I would ask,
Ye would grant it me belyfe :'

And I never asked none till now;
Therefore, good lord, grant it me.
Now ask it, madam, said the king,
And granted it shall be.

Then, good my lord, I you beseech,
These yeomen grant ye me.
Madame, ye might have asked a boon,
That should have been worth them all three.
1 Immediately.






and William of Cloudesly. 63


Ye might have asked towers and towns,
Parks and forests plenty.
None so pleasant to my liking, she said;
Nor none so lefe' to me.

Madame, since it is your desire,
Your asking granted shall be;
But I had lever2 have given you
Good market towns three.

The queen she was a glad woman,
And. said, Lord, gramarcy:
I dare undertake for them,
That true men shall they be.

But, good my lord, speak some merry word,
That comfort they may see.
I grant you grace, then said our king;
Wash, fellows, and to meat go ye.
1 Dear. 2 Rather.






Adam Bell,


Clym of the


Clough,


They


had not setten but a while


Certain,


without lesynge,


There came messengers out
With letters to our king.


of the north


And when


they came


before


the king,


They knelt down on their knee:


And said,


Lord,


your officers greet you well,


Of Carlisle,


in the north


country.


How


fareth


my justice,


said the king,


And my sheriff


also ?


they be


slain,


without leasynge,


many


an officer


hath them slain, said


the king;


Anon thou tell to me ?


Adam' Bell,


and Clym


of the Clough,


And William of


Cloudesly.


' Lies.


64


Sir,


And


Who


mo .






and William of Cloudesly.


Alas


My


for ruth!


heart is


then said our king:


wondrous sore;


had rather than a thousand pound,


had known


of this before;


For I


have


granted


them grace,


And that forthinketh me:


But had I


They


known


had been


all this
hanged


before,


all three.


The king he opened the letter anon,


Himself


he read it thro',


And found how these outlaws had


Three


hundred


men and


mo':


First


the justice,


and the sheriff,


And the mayor of


Carlisle town ;


Of all the constables and catchpolls


Alive were scarce left one:


65


slain






Adam Bell, Clym of the Clough,


The baillies, and the beadles both,
And the sergeants of the law,
And forty foresters of the fee,'
These outlaws had yslaw.2


And broke his parks,
Of all they chose
Such perilous outlaw
Walked not by ea


and slain his deer;
the best;
s, as they were,
bst nor west.


When the king this letter had read,
In his heart he sighed sore:
Take up the tables anon he said,
For I may eat no more.


The
T
I wi
I]


king calle(
'o the butts
11 see these
n the north
1 The King's fo


I his best archers
with him to go:
fellows shoot, he said,
have wrought this woe.
resters. 2 Slain.


66






and William of Cloudesly.


The king's


bowmen


buske' them blyve,


And the queen's
So did these three


archers also ;


wighty


yeomen;


With


them they


thought


There


twice


or thrice


they


shot about


For to assay their


hand;


There was no shot these yeomen shot,


any prick


might


stand.


Then


spake


William


of Cloudesly;


Him that


for


me died,


I hold


him never no good archer,


That shooteth at butts so wide.


At what


a butt now would you


shoot,


pray thee tell to me ?


At such a


butt, sir, he said,


As men


use in my


1 Dress.


country.
2 Instantly.


67


to


go.


That


By







Adam


Bell,


Clym


of


th e Clough,


William


went


into


a field,


And with


There they set


him his two brethren:


up two hazel


rods


Twenty score paces between.


I hold


him an


archer,


said Cloudesly,


yonder wand cleaveth in two.


Here


is none such, said


the king,


that can so do.


I shall


assay,


sir,


said Cloudesly,


Or that I


farther go.


Cloudesly


with a bearyng'


arrow


Clave the


wand in


Thou art the


best archer,


then


said the


king,


For sooth


that ever I see.


And yet


for


your


love, said


William,


I will do


more mastery.


1 An arrow that flies well.


68


That


Nor


none


two.







and William of Cloudesly.


I have a son is seven year old,
He is to me full dear;
I will him tie to a stake;
All shall see, that be here;


And lay an apple upon his head,
And go six score pace him fro',
And I myself with a broad arrow
Shall cleave the apple in two.


Now haste thee,
By Him that
But if thou do
Hanged shalt


then said the king,
died on a tree,
not as thou hast said,
thou be.


An thou touch his head or gown,
In sight that men may see,
By all the saints that be in heaven,
I shall hang you all three.


69







Adam Bell, Clym of the Clough,


70


And bound thereto his eldest son,
And bade him stand still threat;
And turned the child's face him from,
Because he should not start.


An apple upon his head he set,
And then his bow he bent:
Six score paces they were meaten,1
And thither Cloudesly went.


There
His
He set
That


he drew out a
bow was great
that arrow in
was both stiff


fair broad arrow,
and long,
his bow,
and strong.


1 Measured.


That I have promised, said William,
That I will never forsake.
And there even before the king
In the earth he drove a stake:






and William of Cloudesly. 71

He prayed the people that were there,
That they all still would stand,
For he that shooteth for such a wager,
Behoveth a stedfast hand.

Much people prayed for Cloudesly,
That his life saved might be,
And when he made him ready to shoot,
There was many a weeping ee.

But Cloudesly cleft the apple in two,
His son he did not nee.1
Over Gods forebode,2 said the king,
That thou should shoot at me.

I give thee eighteen pence a day,
And my bow shalt thou bear,
And over all the north country
I make thee chief ranger.
1 Nigh. 2 God forbid.







A dam


Bell,


Clym


of the


Clough,


And I


thirteen pence a day,


said the


queen,


By


Come


God,
fetch


and by


thy


my fa';


payment when


thou


No man shall say thee nay.


William, I make thee a gentleman


Of clothing, and of


fee:


And thy two brethren, yeomen


of my chamber,


For they are so seemly to see.


Your son, for


Of


my


he is tender of


wine-cellar he


shall


And when he cometh to man's


estate,


Better


And,


advanced


William,


shall


he be.


bring to me your wife,


said the


queen,


Me longeth her sore to see :


shall be


my


chief


gentlewoman,


govern


my nursery.


72


wilt,


age,
be ;


She


To






and William of Cloudesly.


The yeomen


thanked them courteously.


To some bishop will we wend,


Of all the


sins that


we have done,


To be assoyld1


at his hand.


forth


be gone


these


good


yeomen,


As fast as they might


he;2


And after came and dwelled with the king,


And died


Thus ended the


good men all three.


lives


of these good yeomen;


God send them eternal bliss.


And all, that with


a hand-bow shooteth,


That


of heaven they never miss.


Amen.


1 Absolved.


73


So


Hie.
















HEN


Arthur first


in court


began,


And was approved


By force


king,


of arms great victories won,


And conquest


home


did bring.


Then into


With


England


fifty


good


straight
and able


he came


Knights,


And


that resorted unto him,


were


of his round table:


And he had jousts and tournaments,


Whereto were many
Wherein some knights


prest,


did. far


excell


And far surmount the rest.


Fanalof


faht*l







Sir Lancelot


du Lake.


But one,


Sir Lancelot du Lake,


Who was approved


He for his deeds


and feats of


arms,


All others


did excell.


When he


In play,


He said he


had rested


and


game,


would go


him a while,


and sport,


prove himself


some


adventurous sort.


He armed


rode in forest


wide,


And met a damsel


Who


fair,


told him of adventures great,


Whereto


he


gave


good


ear.


Such


would


find,


quoth


Lancelot :


For that cause came I hither.


Thou seem'st,


And I


quoth she, a knight full good,


will bring thee thither,


75


well,


In







Sir. Lancelot


du


Lake.


Whereas


a mighty


That now is of
Therefore tell me


knight
great


doth


dwell,


fame :


what wight thou art,


And what


My name


Quoth


may be thy


is Lancelot


she,


it likes


name.


du Lake.
me then:


Here dwells a knight


Yet matcht


Who


with


who never was


any


man:


has in prison threescore knights


And four,


that he did wound;


Knights


of king


Arthur's court


And of his table round.


She brought


him to


a river


And also to a


tree,


Whereon a copper bason hung,
And many shields to see.


76


they


be,


side,














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~


44.


SIR LANCELOT DU LAKE.


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w







Sir Lancelot


du Lake.


He struck so


hard,


the bason


broke;


And Tarquin soon he spied:


Who drove


a horse before


him fast,


Whereon


Sir knight,


a knight


lay


tied.


then said Sir Lancelot,


Bring


And lay


~We'll


me that horse-load
him down, and let


try


our force


hither,


him rest;


together :


a.s I


understand,


So far as thou art


Done


thou hast,


able,


great despite and shame unto


The knights


of the Round Table.


If thou


be of the Table


Round,


Quoth Tarquin speedily,


Both thee and all thy fellowship


I utterly defy.


77


For,







Sir Lancelot


du Lake.


That's


over much,


quoth


Lancelot,


though,


Defend


thee by


and by.


They set their


spears unto


their


steeds,


And each at other


They couched their spears,


(their horses ran,


As though


there


And struck them


had been thunder)


each immidst


their shields,


Wherewith


they


broke in sunder.


Their


horses'


backs


brake


under them,


The knights were both


astound :


To avoid


their


horses


they make


haste


And light


upon


the ground.


They


took


them


to their


shields


full fast,


Their


With


swords


mighty strokes


they drew out then,


most eagerly


Each at the other ran.


78


fly.







Sir Lancelot


du Lake.


They wounded


were, and bled


For both for breath


full


did stand,


And leaning


Quoth


on their


Tarquin,


swords


Hold thy


awhile,


hand,


And tell


to me what I shall ask.


on, quoth Lancelot


tho.1


Thou art,


quoth


Tarquin,


the best knight


ever I did


know;


And like a


knight,


that I did


hate:


So that thou be


I will


not he,


deliver all the rest,


And eke accord


with


thee.


That is well said, quoth Lancelot;


But since


it must be so,


What


knight


is that thou hatest thus ?


I pray thee to me show.


1 Then.


79


sore,


Say


That






Sir Lancelot


du Lake.


His name is Lancelot du


Lake,


He slew my brother dear;


Him I


suspect


of all the rest :


I would I had


him here.


thou hast,


but yet


unknown,


am Lancelot du


Lake,


knight


of Arthur's


Table


Round;


King


Haud's


son, of Schuwake;


And I


desire


thee do


thy


worst.


quoth Tarquin tho,


One of us two shall
Before that we do


end
go.


our lives


If thou be


Lancelot


du Lake,


Then


welcome shalt thou be;


Wherefore see thou thyself


For now defy


defend,


thee.


8o


Thy


wish


Now


Ho,


ho,







Sir Lancelot


du Lake.


They


buckled


then


together so,


Like unto wild


boars rushing,1


And with their swords and


shields they ran


At one another slashing :


The ground


besprinkled


was with blood:


Tarquin


began to yield;


For he gave back for weariness,
And low did bear his shield.


This soon Sir Lancelot espied,
He leapt upon him then,


He pulled


him down upon his


knee,


And rushing 1


off his helm,


Forthwith


he struck


his neck


in two,


when


he had so done,


From


prison threescore


knights


and four


Delivered every one.


1 Tearing.


8i


And,

















4frirkdomtc


or, + e


orftunt.


as fame


does report,


a young


duke keeps a court,


, One


that pleases his fancy with


licksome sport:


But amongst all the rest,


Which will make


here is one I protest,


you to smile when


the true jest:


tinker


he found,


lying


drunk


on the


ground,


As secure in a


sleep as if


laid in a sound.


OW


fro-


A


poor


you


hear


c 4t


Pht;


xinhtr's


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