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"Who left behind him an aulde wife then,
For she was likewise blinde and lame.
"When that his corpes were laid in the grave,
He took great paines and thought no harme.
"By him there dwelt a Lawyer false,
That with his farme was not content,
"This farme layd by the Lawyer's land,
Which this vild kerne had a mind unto :
"He told him he his lease had forfite,
And that he must there no longer abide:
The King by such lownes hath mickle wrong done,
"The poore man pray'd him for to cease,
And content himselfe, if he would be willing;
And I will give thee forty shilling.
"Its neither forty shillings, no forty pound,
Ise warrant thee, so can agree thee and me,
The tenant sets off to carry the matter before the King.
"He had a humble staffe [stuffe] on his backe,
With a good blue bonnet, he thought it no lacke;
To the King he is ganging as fast as he may."
So he goes to London, and thence to Windsor. He gives the porter a penny and a nobleman a groat to introduce him to the King, who is playing at bowls.
"Loe, yonder's the king, said the Nobleman,
Behold, fellow, loe, where he goes.
Beleevet hee's some unthrift, sayes the poore man,
"But when he came before the King,
The Nobleman did his curtesie: The poore man followed after him,
And gave a nod with his head and a becke with his knee.
"If you be Sir King, then said the poore man,
Here is a gude fellow that brought me hither,
"I am the King, his Grace now sayd,
Fellow, let me thy cause understand.
If you be Sir King, Ime a tenant of yours,
That was borne and upbrought within your owne lande.
"There dwels a Lawyer hard by me,
And a fault in my lease he sayes he hath found:
And all was for felling five poore ashes,
To build a house upon my owne ground.
"Hast thou a lease here? said the King,
Or canst thou shew to me the deed?
it into the King's owne hand,
And said, Sir, 't is here, if that you can read.
"Why, what if I cannot? said our King,
That which I cannot, another may.
I have a boy of mine owne not seven yeares old,
"Lets see thy lease, then said our King.
Then from his blacke boxe he puld it out.
He gave it into the King's owne hand,
"When the King had gotten these letters to read,
I warrant thee, thou hast not forfeit thy lease,
Thoust have an injunction, said our King;
"Thoust have an attachment, said our King;
"A, waise me! the poore man saide then;
Ere he such a mickle of money will pay.
"Thou art hard a beleefe, then said our King:
"Ile have none of thy shilling, said our King;
"Beshrew thy heart, then said our King;
"The King called up his Treasurer,
Ile beare thy charges up and downe.
"When the poore man saw the gold tendred,
If I had thought the King had so mickle gold,
"The poore man got home next Sunday;
"It was for you indeed, said the poore man,
I did as neighbours put it in my head,
And made a submission to the King mysel.
"What a deel didst thou with the King? said the Lawyer; Could not neighbours and friends agree thee and me? The deel a neighbour or friend that I had,
That would a bin sike a daies man as he.
"He has gin me a letter, but I know not what they cal't;
I hope you will leave and let me be.
"He has gin me another, but I know not what 't is ;
"Then they did reade this letter plaine,
The Lawyer must pay him a hundred pound.
"Then unto a post they tide him fast,
And all men did rate him in cruell sort;
"Ile pay it, Ile pay it, the Lawyer said,
The attachment, I say, it is good and faire ;
Till I goe home and fetch some meare.
"Credit! nay thats it the King forbad:
He bad, if I got thee, I should thee stay,
"Would every Lawyer were served thus!
"And thus I end my merry tale,
Which shews the plain man's simplenesse,
Mr. Moore has not inserted any songs in his volumes, as most collectors of ballads have done. We cannot forbear
adding a little piece not so well known as it deserves to be, called
"And when I sleep, then percheth he
And makes his pillow on my Knee,
I strike the harp, he tunes the string,
He gives me many a lovely thing,
Here is a little piece by Anastasius Grün, a German poet of the Swabian school, not without merit. We know not the name of the translator.