Hero-Myths and Legends of the British Race
Page: 133Adam Bell groaned. “Ah! if he had but taken our
[Pg 235] Indeed, the letter which he quickly wrote and folded and sealed was very well and clearly written, and addressed to the Justice of Carlisle. Then the two bold outlaws hastened up the road and thundered on the town gates.
They Enter the Town
So long and loud they knocked that the warder came in great wrath, demanding who dared to make such clamour.
Adam Bell replied: “We are two messengers come straight from our lord the king.” Clym of the Cleugh added: “We have a letter for the justice which we must deliver into his own hands. Let us in speedily to perform our errand, for we must return to the king in haste.”
“No,” the warder replied, “that I cannot do. No man may enter these gates till a false thief and outlaw be safely hanged. He is William of