The Fox and the Goose 'Pax uobis' quod the fox, 'for I am comyn to toowne' It fell ageyns the next nyght the fox yede to with all his myghte, with-outen cole or candlelight, whan that he cam vnto the town. When he cam all in the yarde, soore te geys were ill a-frede; 'I shall macke some of youre berde, or that I goo from the toowne!' when he cam all in the croofte, there he stalkyd wundirfull soofte; 'for here haue I be frayed full ofte whan that i haue come to toowne.' he hente a goose all be the heye, faste the goos began to creye! oowte yede men as they myght heye, and seyde, 'fals fox, ley it doowne!' 'Nay,' he said, 'soo mot I the- sche shall go vnto the wode with me; sche and I wnther a tre, e-mange the beryis browne. I haue a wyf, and sche lyeth seke; many smale whelppis sche haue to eke - many bonys they must pike will they ley a-downe.' [14TH OR 15TH CENTURY] [Robbins' Secular Lyrics, 1955] [Unfortunately no music survives for these. The oldest traditional version, in the Harris MS, Scotland, c 1825, is being edited for publication in the near future XX oct99
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