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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


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,
" And Edward wer in this place,

Hee shold not touch this tonne :
" He wold be wroth with John I HOPE,
Therefore I beforew the foupe,
" That in his mouth fold come,

etter. The one in the Bodleyan' library, intitled,
" rie, pleasant, and delectable bistorie betweene K. Edward
" the Fourth, and a Tanner of Tamworth, & c. printed
at London, by John Danter, 1596.This copy, ancient
as it now is, appears to have been modernized and altered
at the time it was published; but many vestiges of the more
ancient readings were recovered from another copy, (though
more recently printed,) in one sheet folio, without date, in
tha Pepys collection.

N summer time, when leaves grow greene,

And blossoms bedecke the tree,
King Edward wolde a hunting ryde,
Some pastime for to see.


"Pt. 2. t. 24..

without confhe follozving Text is Jellied from tribo lopies in black

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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.

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Dispuific hanner il irsahng ingur,

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“ Go with me downe to Drayton Basset,

No daynties we will spare ;
All daye shalt thou eate and drinke of the best,

And I will paye thy fare."


Gramercye for nothing, the tanner replyde,

Thou payest no fare of mine :
I trowe I've more nobles in my purse,

Than thou hast pence in thine.


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