I am a poore prisoner condemned to dye, ah woe is me woe is me for my great folly, Fast fettred in yrons in place where I lie Be warned yong wantons, hemp passeth green holly.1 My parents were of good degree2 by whom I would not counselled be, Lord Iesu forgiue me with mercy releeue me, Receiue O sweet sauiour my spirit vnto thee. ¶My name is Hutton, yea Luke of bad life ah woe is me woe is me for my great folly: Which on the highway robd man and wife, be warned yong wantons, &c. Inticed by many a gracelesse mate, Whose counsel I repent too late. Lord, &c. ¶Not twentie yeeres old alas was I ah woe is me woe is me, &c. When I began this fellonie be warned yong wantons, &c. With me went stil twelue yeomen, tall Which I did my twelue Apostles call. Lord, &c. ¶There was no Squire nor barron bold ah woe is me woe is me for my great folly: That rode the way with siluer or gold, be warned yong wantons, &c. But I and my twelue Apostles gaie, would lighten their load ere they went away, lord, &c. ¶This newes procured my kins-folkes griefe, ah woe is me woe is me They hearing I was a famous theefe be warned yong wantons, They wept they wailde they wrong their hands that thus I should hazard life and lands.3 lord, &c. ¶They made me a Iaylor a little before, ah woe, &c. to keep in prison offenders store, be warned, &c. But such a Iaylor was neuer none, I went and let them out euerie one. lord, &c. ¶I wist their sorrow sore grieued me ah woe is mee, &c. Such proper men should hanged be be warned yong, &c. My office then I did defie And ran away for company. lord, &c. Three yeeres I liued vpon the spoile ah woe is me, &c. Giuing many a carle the foile4 be warned yong &c. Yet neuer did I kil man nor wife though lewdly long I led my life. lord, &c. ¶But all too bad my deedes hath been, ah woe is me, &c. Offending my country and my good queene, be warned yong, &c. All men in Yorke-shire talke of me, A stronger theefe there could not be. lord, &c. ¶Vpon S. Lukes day was I borne, ah woe, &c. whom want of grace hath made a scorne. bewar, &c. in honor of my birth day then, I robd in a brauery nineteene men. Lord, &c. ¶The country weary to beare this wrong, ah woe is me, &c. With hue and cries pursude me long:5 bewar, &c. Though long I scapt, yet loe at last, London I was in newgate cast. There did I lye with a grieued [mi]nde, ah woe is me, &c. Although the keeper was gentle and kinde, be warned yong, &c. Yet was he not so kinde as I, to let me [out] at libertie. lord, &c. ¶At last the shiriffe of Yorke-shire came, ah woe is me, &c. And in a warrant he had my name, be warned yong, &c. [Said] he at Yorke thou must be tride, With me therefore hence must thou ride, lord &c. ¶Like the pangues of death his words did sound, ah woe is me, &c. My hands and armes ful fast he bound, be warned, &c. Good sir quoth I, I had rather stay, I haue no heart to ride that way. lord, &c. ¶When no intreaty might preuaile, ah woe is me, &c. I calde for beere, for wine and ale, be warned, &c. And when my heart was in wofull case, I drunke to my friends with a smiling face. lord, &c. ¶With clubs and staues I was garded then, ah woe is me, &c. I neuer before had such waiting men be warned, &c. If they had ridden before amaine, Beshrew me if I had calde them againe. lord, &c. ¶And when vnto Yorke that I was come, ah, &c. Each one on me did passe their doome. bewar, &c. and whilst you liue this sentence note, Euill men can neuer haue good report. lord, &c. ¶Before the iudges when I was brought, ah woe is me, &c. Be sure I had a carefull thought, be, &c. Nine score inditements and seauenteene, against me there was read and seene. lord, &c. ¶And each of these was fellony found, ah woe is me, &c. which did my heart with sorrow wound, be, &c. What should I heerin longer stay, For this I was condemned that day. lord, &c. ¶My death each houre I do attend, ah woe is me: In prayer and teares my time I spend, be, &c. And all my louing friends this day, I do intreate for me to pray. Lord &c. ¶I haue deserued long since to die, ah woe, &c. A viler sinner liude not then I: On friends I hopte my life to saue,6 But I am fittest for my graue: Lord, &c. ¶Adue my louing frends each one, ah woe is me woe is me for my great folly, Thinke on my words when I am gone, be warned young wantons, &c. When on the ladder you shal me view, thinke I am neerer heauen then you. Lord &c. FINIS. Hutton.7 Printed at London for Thomas | Millington. 1598.
Words in square brackets conjectured by Collman. However, the Restoration copies have ‘goe’ where he conjectures ‘out’ (‘to let me goe at libertie’) and ‘Quoth’ where he conjectures ‘Said’.