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And with Earl Douglas, there was slain
Sir Hugh Montgomery,
One foot would never flee.
Sir Charles Murray, of Ratcliff, too,
His sister's son was he;
Yet saved could not be.
And the Lord Maxwell in like case
Did with Earl Douglas die :
Scarce fifty-five did fly.
Of fifteen hundred Englishmen,
Went home but fifty-three ;
Under the greenwood tree.
Next day did many widows come,
Their husbands to bewail ; They washed their wounds in brinish tears, But all would not prevail.
Their bodies, bathed in purple gore,
They bare with them away: They kiss'd them dead a thousand times,
Ere they were clad in clay.
This news was brought to Edinburgh,
Where Scotland's king did reign, That brave Earl Douglas suddenly
Was with an arrow slain :
O heavy news, King James did say,
Scotland can witness be,
Of such account as he.
Like tidings to King Henry came,
Within as short a space, That Percy of Northumberland
Was slain in Chevy Chase :
Now God be with him, said our king,
Since it will no better be;
Yet shall not Scots nor Scotland say,
But I will vengeance take : I'll be revenged on them all,
For brave Earl Percy's sake.
This vow full well the king perform'd
After, at Humbledown;
With lords of great renown:
And of the rest, of small account,
Did many thousands die : Thus endeth the hunting of Chevy Chase,
Made by the Earl Percy.
God save our king, and bless this land
In plenty, joy, and peace ;
”Twixt noblemen may cease.
KING EDWARD IV. AND THE TANNER OF
N summer time, when leaves grow green,
And blossoms bedeck the tree,
Some pastime for to see.
With hawk and hound he made him bowne,*
With horn, and eke with bow;
And he had ridden o'er dale and down
By eight of clock in the day,
Come riding along the way.
A fair russet coat the tanner had on
Fast buttoned under his chin, And under him a good cow-hide,
And a mare of four shilling. *
Now stand you still, my good lords all,
Under the greenwood spray ; And I will wend to yonder fellow,
To weet + what he will say.
God speed, God speed thee, said our king.
Thou art welcome, sir, said he. The readiest way to Drayton Basset
I pray thee to show to me.
To Drayton Basset wouldst thou go,
Fro’ the place where thou dost stand ? The next pair of gallows thou comest unto,
Turn in upon thy right hand.
That is an unready way, said our king,
Thou dost but jest I see;
And I pray thee wend with me.
* A shilling was a large sum in those days.