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PART II.


BUT now good people the cream of the jest,

In what sort of manner this Lady was drest,

With Cat-kins she made, for a robe I declare,

The which for a covering she daily did wear.


Her new rich attire, with jewels beside,

When up in a bundle by her then were ty’d,

Now to seek her fortune she wander’d away,

And when she had travell'd a whole winter-day.


In the evening-tide she came to a town,

Then at the Knight’s door she sat herself down,

For to rest herself, who was tir’d to be sure;

This noble Knight’s Lady she came to the door.


And seeing this creature in such sort of dress,

The lady unto her these words did express:

From whence cam'st thou girl? & what will you have?

(illegible text) cry’d a night’s quarters in your stable I crave.


The Lady said to her, I’ll grant thy desire,

Come into the kitchen, and stand by the fire;

Then she thanked the Lady, and went in with haste,

There she was gaz’d on from biggest to least.


And being well warmed, her hunger being great,

They gave her a dish of good meat for to eat;

And then to an out-house this creature was led,

There she with fresh straw then made her a bed.


And then in the morning that day-light she saw,

Her rich robes and jewels she hid in the straw:

And being very cold, she then did retire,

To go to the Kitchen, and stand by the fire.


The cook said, my Lady, hath promis’d that thou

Shall be as a scullion to wait on me now;

What say’st thou girl: art thou willing to bide?

With all my heart, truly, to him she reply'd.