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“afraide he should be punished for it, [and] said thus, with a certaine rude repentance,
“ I hope I shall be hanged to-morrow, “ for (I feare me) I shall be hanged ; whereat the king
laughed a good, not only to see the Tanner's vaine,
feare, but also‘to heare his illshapen terme ; and gave “ him for recompence of his good sport, the inheritance of " Plumpton-parke. I AM AFRAID,” concludes this fagacious writer, THE POETS OF OUR TIME, THAT SPEAKE
AND CORRECTEDLY, WILL COME TOO SHORT OF SUCH A REWARD," p. 214.
T'be phrase, here referred to, is not found in this ballad at prejent, but occurs with some variation in an older poem, intitled John The Reeve, described in the following volume, (see the Preface-10 THE KING AND THE MILLER), viz.
Nay, Jayd John, by Gods grace,
“ Hee shold not touch this tonne :
N summer time, when leaves grow greene,
And blossoms bedecke the tree,
"Pt. 2. t. 24..
without confhe follozving Text is Jellied from tribo lopies in black
66 A mer
* Vid. Glofs.
In tbe reign of Edward IV. Dame Cecill, lady of Torboke, in her will dated March 7. A.D. 1466; among many other bequests bas tbis, “ Also I will that my sonne Tbomas of Torboke bave 135. 4d. to buy him
an horse." Vid. Harleian Catalog. 2176. 27. Now if 135. 4d. would purchase a fleed fit for a person of quality, a tanner's borse might reasonably be valued ai four or five shillings.
Dispuific hanner il irsahng ingur,