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Arthur Quiller-Couch, ed. (1863–1944).  The Oxford Book of Ballads.  1910.
 
97. Judas
 
 
I

HIT wes upon a Scere-thorsday
  that ure loverd aros;
Ful milde were the wordés
  he spec to Judas.
 
II

‘Judas, thou most to Jurselem,
        5
  oure mete for to bugge;
Thritti platen of selver
  thou bere up othi rugge.
 
III

‘Thou comest fer ithe brode stret,
  fer ithe brode strete,        10
Summe of thine tunesmen
  ther thou meist i-mete.’
 
IV

Imette wid is soster,
  the swikele wimon:
‘Judas, thou were wrthé        15
  me stende the wid ston,
For the false prophete
  that tou bilevest upon.’
 
V

‘Be stille, leve soster,
  thin herte the to-breke!        20
Wiste min loverd Crist,
  ful wel he wolde be wreke.’
 
GLOSS:  Scere-thorsday] Thursday before Easter.  ure loverd] our lord bugge] buy.  platen] plates, i. e. coins, pieces.  rugge] ridge, back.  tunesmen] townsmen.  Imette] being met.  swikele] treacherous.  wrthe] worthy.  me stende, &c.] men stoned thee.
 

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