Bishop Percy's Folio Manuscript; Ballads and Romances Volume 3, No. 2
This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1868 edition. Excerpt: ... 2 youthes of gentle blood. as they were walking all alone, they wrought their wills as they thought good, 8 w7w'ch made their ffreinds to waile & mone. between two well-born youths, Scroope taunted Browne with not daring to flght him. Saith Scroope to Browne, "what dost thou meane to come all naked1 thus to mee? itt meaneth sure, by thy comming, 16 thou wilt not night, but rather mee." Browne retorted; they drew their swords, and fought manfully, till Scroope hit Browne a cruel cut in the leg, and called on him to yield. Browne would not; they fought again; and Browne killed Scroope. Quoth Browne, "my weapons are att hand, as to thy paine shall soone bee seene; ffor while that I may goe or stand, 20 one ffoote to my I doe not meane." They drew fforth their swords anon, they flought together manffullye, they 2 bright blades in the sun shone, --24 O Lord, itt was great Ioy to see!--They Laid on strokes that were soe strong, they ffought together manffullye. att Lenght Scroope pressed 3 vnto Browne, 28 & with his sword ffull Egarlye Hee hitt Browne on the legg, god wott, hee cutt him vaines 2 or 3; a man might haue seene where that stroke bote; 32 O LorcZ, itt pearced him cruelly! They tooke their breath, & still they stoode: Qwoth Scroope, "thou Browne, yeelde thee to mee!" on which., Browne waxing neere hand wood, 36 together ffearfullye they cold mee. They Lady came runinge apace: Browne cast vp his head & did her see; with that hee cut Scroope in the fface; 40 the sword to the brain went through his ee.4 "Out & alas!" qwoth this gay Ladye, page 499 "Browne! why wouldest thou doe this deede? I loued him better then I loued thee!" shee kist his wounds as they did bleede....
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