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Listeneth, Lordings, Both Great And Small

A, a, a, a,
Nunc gaudet ecclesia

1. Listeneth, lordings, both great and small,
I shall you tell a wonder tale,
How Holy Church was brought in bale,
Cum magna injuria.

2. The greatest clerk in all this land,
Thomas of Canterbury, I understand,
Slain he was by wicked hand,
Demonis potencia.

3. Knights camen fro Henry king,
Wicked men, without leasing,
There they diden a wonder thing,
Ferventes insania.

4. They sought him all about,
Within the palace and without;
Of Jesu Christ had they no doubt,
In sua malicia.

5. They opened their mouths wonder wide,
To Thomas they spaken mickle pride,
"Traitor, here, thou shalt abide,
Ferens mortis tedia."

6. Thomas answered with milde cheer,
"If ye will me slay in this manner,
Let them pass, all that are here,
Sine contumel(i)a."

7. Beforn his alter he kneeled adown,
There they began to pare his crown;
They stirred the braines up so down,
Optans celi gaudia.

8. The tormentors about (they) start
With deadly wounds they gam him hurt;
Thomas died in Mother-Church,
Pergens ad celestia.

9. Mother, clerk, widow, and wife,
Worship ye Thomas in all your life;
For fifty-two points he lost his life,
Contra regis consilia.

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