ford, of Yarmouth, of Lincoln, of York and of Durham do come hither. For all these will come hither; Baker and Lister will bring them hither; and if we be first lords of London and have the possession of the riches that is therein, we shall not repent us ; for if we leave it, they that come after will have it from us.' To this counsel they all agreed; and therewith the king came the same way unware of them, for he had thought to have passed that way without London, and with him a forty horse. And when he came before the abbey of Saint Bartholomew and beheld all these people, then the king rested and said how he would go no farther till he knew what these people ailed, saying, if they were in any trouble, how he would rappease them again. The lords that were with him tarried also, as reason was when they saw the king tarry. And when Wat Tyler saw the king tarry, he said to his people : ` Sirs, yonder is the king: I will go and speak with him. Stir not from hence, without I make you a sign; and when I make you that sign, come on and slay all them except the king; but do the king no hurt, he is young, we shall do ' with him as we list and shall lead him with us all about England, and so shall we be lords of all the realm without doubt.' And there was a doublet-maker of London called John Tylee, and he had brought to these gluttons a sixty doublets, the which they ware : then he demanded of these captains who should pay him for his doublets; he demanded thirty mark. Wat Tyler answered him and said : ` Friend, appease yourself, thou shalt be well paid or this day be ended. Keep thee near me ; I shall be thy creditor.' And therewith he spurred his horse and departed from his company and came to the king, so near him that his horse head touched the croup of the king's horse, and the first word that he said was this : ` Sir king, seest thou all yonder people?' `Yea truly,' said the king, `wherefore sayest thou ?' ` Because,' said he, `they be all at my commandment and have sworn to me faith and truth, to do all that I will have them.' ` In a good time,' said the king, ` I will well it be so.' Then Wat Tyler said, as he that nothing demanded but riot: `What believest thou, king, that these people and as many more as be in London at my commandment, that they will depart from thee thus without having thy letters?' `No,' said the king, ` ye shall have them: they be ordained for you and shall be delivered every one each after other. Wherefore, good fellows, withdraw fair and easily to your people and cause them to depart out of London ; for it is our intent that each of you by villages and townships shall have letters patents, as I have promised you.' With those words Wat Tyler cast his eyen on a squire that was there with the king bearing the king's sword, and Wat Tyler hated greatly the same squire, for the same squire had displeased him before for words between them. `What,' said Tyler, `art thou there? Give me thy dagger.' `Nay,' said the squire, `that will I not do : wherefore should I give it thee ?' The king beheld the squire and said: `Give it him; let him have it.' And so the squire took it him sore against his will. And when this Wat Tyler had it, he began to play therewith and turned it in his hand, and said again to the squire `Give me also that sword.' ` Nay, said the squire, 'it is the king's sword: thou art not worthy to have it, for thou art but a knave; and if there were no more here but thou and 1, thou durst not speak those words for as much gold in quantity as all yonder abbey.' 1 ` By my faith,' said Wat Tyler, ` I shall never eat meat till I have thy bead': and with those words the mayor of London came to the king with a twelve horses well armed under their coats, and so he brake the press and saw and heard how Wat Tyler demeaned himself, and said to him : 'Ha, thou knave, how art thou so hardy in the king's presence to speak such words? It is too much for thee so to do.' Then the king began to chafe and said to the mayor : ` Set hands on him.' And while the king said so, Tyler said to the mayor : `A God's name
1 The full text has, `for as much gold as that minster of Saint Paul is great.' 2 ` Jamais je veux vivre, si to ne le compares,'