However, of my clemency I will spare thee thy life and thy property if you can answer me but three questions. Thou hast more wit than thy lord, and thou shalt be Abbot in his place. And when you get home, you may tell the old abbot that you have brought him a free pardon from King John. Secondly, tell me, without any doubt, How soone I may ride the whole world about; And at the third question thou must not shrink, But tell me here truly what I do think. And to that, thou canst not pass for me.
King John is closely associated with Robin Hood, so perhaps this is not a coincidence. But let that pass, and tell me question third and last, and that is--What do I think? The archness of the following questions and answers hath been much admired by our old ballad-makers; for besides the two copies above-mentioned, there is extant another ballad on the same subject, but of no great antiquity or merit, intitled, King Olfrey and the Abbot. At the least I can die in your place. You are not only witty, but you are wise, and we will let this answer pass. Bookseller Inventory 138847 Mullen Books, Inc. Then he mounted his horse, and with a great train of servants set out for London.
An hundred men, the king did heare say, The abbot kept in his house every day; And fifty golde chaynes, without any doubt, In velvet coates waited the abbot about. Collected and edited by Joseph Jacobs In the reign of King John there lived an Abbot of Canterbury who kept up grand state in his Abbey. Hertfort: for the Ballad Society bu Stephen Autstin and sons. Lend me your horse and serving men, and your apparel, And I'll ride to London to answer your quarrel. King John and the Abbot of Canterbury. Only with difficulty can the words of the Percy manuscript text, be made to fit this version of the tune. An hundred men, the King did hear say, The Abbot kept in his house every day; And fifty gold chains, without any doubt, In velvet coats, waited the Abbot about.
In Anderson's analysis, the selection came off a list of sixteen questions. Thou hast more wit than thy lord, and thou shalt be Abbot in his place. It is catalogued in as number 45 and 302. In the folktale, a priest who is in the habit of shouting everyone else to swerve when he is travelling the road gets in trouble by behaving the same way before the king, who threatens to defrock him if he is not competent to answer them. But let that pass, and tell me question third and last, and that is - What do I think? King John and the Abbot by I. Jackson; and sold by J.
But if the worst comes to the worst, you shall not die for me. But not one of the teachers in that great school could help him. Tell the old Abbot when you get home You brought him a pardon from good King John. I trust your Grace will not take it ill that I spend for the Abbey's sake what is the Abbey's. And the third question thou must not shrink: Tell to me truly what I do think.
However, of my clemency I will spare thee thy life and thy property if you can answer me but three questions. If the actual cost is reduced, we will not notify you. Then home rode the Abbot, of comfort so cold, And he met his shepherd a-going to fold: How now! Variant B is from a copy, printed for P. So, lend me your servants and your horse and your gown, and I will go up to London and see the king. And tell the Abbot from me that he has my pardon. Now, there was in the town of Can´ter-bur-y a rich old abbot who lived in grand style in a great house called the Abbey. The historical aspects of the song are for most people a mere backdrop to the real appeal of the song, as a riddle.
The Abbot came with a goodly retinue, with his fifty knights-at-arms in velvet cloaks and gold chains. Jone, 'I did not think it could be gone so soone! So Valentine took the right,. And now tell me how soon I may ride round the world. An hundred men, the king did heare say, The abbot kept in his house every day; And fifty golde chaynes, without any doubt, In velvet coates waited the abbot about. Secondly, tell me, without any doubt, How soon I may ride the whole world about; And at the third question thou must not shrink, But tell me here truly, what I do think. And first, quo the king, when I m in this stead, With my crowne of golde so faire on my head, Among all my liege-men so noble of birthe, Thou must tell me to one penny what I am worthe.
My entire database of 99,000+ titles is on-line and available for research at my website www. Now horses and serving-men thou shalt have, With sumptuous array most gallant and brave, With crozier, and mitre, and rochet, and cope, Fit to appear fore our fader the pope. He was the worst king that England ever had. At the least I can die in your place. The distressed bishop returns to his shepherd who in A is his own half-brother , and confides his dilemma. And Ile tell you a story, a story so merrye, Concerning the Abbot of Canterbùrye; How for his house-keeping, and high renowne, They rode poste for him to fair London towne.
The king he laughed, and swore by Saint Bittel, I did not think I had been worth so littel! Through the poem , the poet proves that the bookish and formal education is not so much effective and useful to solve the practical problems. The three riddles are substantially the same. The Old Abbot, and King Olfrey. Bittel, I did not think I had been worth so little: Now secondly tell me, without any doubt, How soon I may ride this whole world about. It was printed with this title in 1776 in History of Music. The king laughed loud and long.