Then to King Richard there came a Knight,
and said: "I hold it time for to flee;
for yonder stanleys dints they be soe wight,
against them no man may dree.
Heere is thy horse att thy hand readye;
another day thou may thy worship win,
and for to raigne with royaltye,
to weare the crowne, and be our King."
He said: "Give me my battell axe to my hand,
set the crowne of England on my head soe hye!
for by him that shope both sea and Land,
King of England this day I will dye!
One foote will I neuer flee
whilest the breath is my brest within!"
as he said, soe did it bee;
if hee lost his life, if he were King.