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SIR JOHN FROISSART Chronicles of England, France, Spain and the adjoining countries from the latter part of the reign of Edward II to the coronation of Henry IV. Vol.5

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SIR JOHN FROISSART
Chronicles of England, France, Spain and the adjoining countries from the latter part of the reign of Edward II to the coronation of Henry IV. Vol.5
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hand manner, c Now God fave John Lyon I had he been our deacon, fuch * an attempt would not have been made, nor the people of Bruges have had the courage to have undertaken this bufinefs/ John Lyon was dply informed of all thefç things i hf began to awjkpn, faying, c I have for fope timç fltpt ; but it feems that this trifling affair ' in appeatfoo? has roufcd me, and fhall create fuch troubles between this town and the earl a§ will cof| " fi hundred thoufand lives/ Intelligence of thefe diggers was brought, with - great additions, that much inflamed men's minds ; for it chanced, that a woman pn her return from a pilgrimage to our Lady of Boulogne, being weary, feated herfelf in the market-pl^ce, where there were crowds of people. They afked her, where ft frame from ; fhe faid, c From .Boulogne » and I have feen in my road the greateft curie that, can ever befal the town of Ghent ; for there are up-wards of five hundred diggers, who are labouring day and night to open a courfe for the Lys -, and, if they be not immediately prevented, they will turn tp their town the current of that river.' This fpeech of the woman was heard, and re-peated in different parts of the town, The townfr men rofe, and faid, fuch things were not to be fuf-fered nor borne quietly. Ivfany of them' went tQ John Lyon to $fk $dvice in çhe ipatter, arçd hovf they fhoyld aft, • When John Lyon few himfeif thus appealed to by thofe whofe love and favour and wifhed to gain, he was mi)ch rejoiced, but took Care not to ffcçw H .4 ' ^ny ' ' . -103


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