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In vain that hue and cry it was made,
They found none of them though the country was laid,
But this grieved the Cripple night and day,
That he so unluckily mist of his play.

Nine hundred pound this Cripple had got,
By begging and thieving, so good was his lot,
A thousand pound he would make it, he said,
And then he would give over his trade.

But as he striv'd his mind to fulfill,
In following his actions so lewd and so ill,
At last he was taken the law to suffice,
Condemned and hanged at Exeter 'size.

Which made all men amazed to see,
That such an impudent cripple as he,
Should venture himself such actions as they,
To rob in such sort upon the high-way.


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And most of his servants were wounded to death
Then came other horsemen riding so fast,
The Cripple was forced to fly at the last.

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Who was executed at Kendal, for robbing the King's

Receiver, and taking away from him great store of treasure.”

To lodge it was my chance of late,

At Kendal in the 'sizes week, Where I saw many a gallant state

Was walking up and down the street. Down Plumpton Park as I did pass,

I heard a bird sing in a glen: The chiefest of her



was, Farewell the flower of serving-men.

Sometimes I heard the music sweet,

Which was delightful unto me;
At length I heard one wail and weep,

A gallant youth condemned to die.

A gentleman of courage bold,

His like I never saw before; But when as I did him behold,

My grief it grew still more and more.

Of watery eyes there was great store,

For all did weep that did him see, He made the heart of many sore,

And I lamented for company.

To God above (quoth he) I call,

That sent his son to suffer death, For to receive my sinful soul,

As soon as I shall lose my breath.

O God I have deserved death,

For deeds that I have done to thee, Yet never liv'd I like a thief,

Till I met with ill company.

For I may curse the dismal hour,

First time that I did give consent, For to rob the King's Receiver,

And to take away his rent.

You gallants all be warned by me,

Learn cards and dice for to refrain, Fly whores, eschew ill company,

For these three things will breed you pain.

All earthly treasures are but vain,

And worldly wealth is vanity :
Search nothing else but heaven to gain,

Remember all that we must die.

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