T’ Shepeards Testimony (Dialect Version)

And Death said:

Henry and his wife Kateren
had between them
for eight years
prior to his death
great malice, grudge,
dissension, discord.

It is said Kateren
many and sundry times
procured and imagined
the death of her husband
Henry Wombwell

Three years estranged
before he died

The Shepherds Testimony

Between January and March 1531
whilst Henry visited London
I, Thomas Shepherd
tenant a Henry’s
were discharged by Kateren,
from me grahnd.

Upon Henry’s return
a London
Me
grahnd were gi back.
But Kateren drives
me be-asts
away fo me grahnd agayan

I fetches off to Henrys
oam a Mexborough
2 ye-ar
an tells him a need
me closes back
why he’d not come oam

Says he afeared poisoning
by his lass
Commands me
t’ gather rent.

Kateren came to me close
and because I was abaht
murders one
o me sheep.

Easter Day,
Mass over
Henry and Katerin ride
oam passin
me Close
Our lass
says good morrow
Henry bade same
Katerin nowt.

Easter day afternoon
at Bradley’s oam
I over hears Richard Lumby,
servant t’ John More

Say ‘Kateren says
Ay, Roger
I love not him
I shall have my will
both of thy master
and Shepherd.’

Henry dead
Katerin sends word
that I le-ave.

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