LITTLE ST. HUGH OF LINCOLN. RESEARCHES IN HISTORY, ARCHÆOLOGY, AND LEGEND

0 yonge Hugh of Lincoln, sleyn also
With cursed Iewes, as it is notable,
For it nis but a litel whyle ago ;
Pray eek for vs, we sinful folk vnstable
That of his mercy G-od so merciable
On vs his grete mercy multiplye,
For reuerence of his mooder Marye.
Amen.

Thus sings and prays Chaucer at the end of his ” Prioresse’s Tale,” which is supposed to deal with the ” cause celebre ” of Hugh of Lincoln. This is not the fact, since he locates his tale ” in Asie in the gret citee.” But the invocation to the little Hugh at the end, marked as it is with signs of the most earnest and naive piety is even more significant of the general and thorough-going belief in the martyrdom of the little lad of Lincoln. And indeed we know from the widespread and popular ballads devoted to

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