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It tare l his clothes downe to the skirt, 248 his cope, his coole, 3 his linen shirt,
& euery other weede.4
& did his priùy members pricke, 252 that fast they gan to bleede.
Iacke, as he piped, laught amonge 6;
he hopped wonderous hye.
& said, “I can noe longer stand !
Oh! I shall daucing dye !
The friar begs for mercy.
Jack lets him go.
The friar goes away ragged and lacerated,
Out of the bush the fryar then went,
& torne on euery side ;
to wrap his belly round about,
his harlotrye to hide.
The thornes had scratcht him by the face, 272 the hands, the thighes, 10 & euery place,
he was all bathed in bloode
1 Ho tare.-P.
8 So the French martirisé, tormented, put to great pain, torture. So martyrit, Scot., is martyr'd, murder'd, kill'd. Item, sore wounded or bruised.-Gloss. to G[awin] D[ouglas).--P.
to the stepdame,
When to the good wife home 2 he came,
guesse him made3
euery man did
The goodwiffe said, “where hast thou beene ?
by sight of thine array."
noe man him conquer may.”
and recounts his woes.
She complains of the boy to the goodman,
with that the goodman he came in,
cryed, “ heeres 5 a foule array !
hath almost slaine the holy fryar,
alas & welaway !”
The goodman said, “Benedicitee!
now tell me without let."
" he made me dance, despite my head, 8
were fain.-P. 2 MS. hone.-F. 8 mad.-P. 4 See note 2 to 1. 484, p. 28.-F. 5 here is.-P.
hey-go-beat.-P. Hey, to sport, play or gambol ; to kick about. Halliwell.-F.
The goodman said vnto him thoe,
it had beenel deadly sine.2 "
" the pipe did sound soe Merrilye
that I cold never blin.3."
and, when Jack comes home,
Now when it grew to almost night, 308 Iacke the boy came home full right
as he was wont to doo;
full soone his father did him call, 312 & bad him come him too :
calls him to account for his doings.
“Boy,” he said, come tell me heare,5
lye not in any thing."
& pipet him vp a spring."
Wishes himself to hear the pipe.
“That pipe,7” said his father, “wold I heare.” 8
his hands he then did10 wringe.
making his sorrowes ringe.
“ffor gods loue !” said the warched fryar, 11
binde me fast to a post !
At his own request the fțiar
328 for sure my fortune thus I reade,
if dance I doe, I am but deade,
my woe-full life is lost!”
is bound fast to a post.
Strong ropes they tooke, both sharpe & round,
in the middest 2 of the hall.
sayinge, fryer, thou canst not fall!”
Jack pipes, and every creature dances,
With that his pipe he quicklye sent,
each creature gan to dance ;
striuing aloft to prance.
The good man, as in sad dispaire,
noe man cold caper hyer 6 ;
some start att strawes & fell att blockes,
some 8 wallowed in the fyer.
they bound.-P. 2 middle.-P. 8 that at. 4 hent.-P.
yerking their Legs. To yerk is to
throw out or move with a spring.“ Johnson.-P.
caper higher.-P. 'o'er blocks.-P. 8 MS. sone, with a mark of contraction over the n.-F.
and his wife.
The goodman made himselfe good sportt 356 to see them dance in this madd sortt;
the goodwiffe sate not still,
lowd as a water Mill.
The fryer this while was almost lost,
it was his dancing grace; 364 The
rubd him ynder the chinn 4
in many a Naked place.
The friar, in spite of his precautions, is much damaged.
Jack passes into the street with his dancers.
Iacke, piping, ran into the street; 368 they followed him with nimble ffeet,
hauing noe power to stay,
eche tumbling over his ffellows backe 372 ynmindfull of their
The neighbours join the rout,
The Neighbors that were dwelling by,
came dancing to the gate;
Noe man wold stay to draw the latch
but thought they came to Late;
even sick folks, and undressed,
Some sicke or sleeping in their bedd,
were with the pipe awaked;
i the dance.-P.
6 A wicket, or half-door. Halliwell's Gloss.-F.