Feats in archery

This is some more from Sports and Pastimes of England, published in 1800.

If the metrical romances and ballads of the former ages may be depended upon, the strength of our English archers in drawing the bow, and their skill in directing the arrow to its mark were justly objects of admiration… Adam Bell, Clum of the Cloughe, and William Cloudesle, are introduced to shoot before the king. The butts, or dead marks are set up by the king’s archers, were censured by Cloudesle, saying

I gold him never no good archer,

That shoteth at buttes so wide-

and having procured two “hassel rodeos” [hazel sticks] he set them yup any the distance of 400 yards from each other; his first attempt in shooting at them, contrary to the expectation of the king, was successful, for it is said,

Cloudesle with a bearing arose

Clive the wand in two.

The king, being much surprised at the performance, told him he was the best archer he ever saw. Clouseslye then proposed to show him a moe extraordinary proof of his skill, and tied his eldest son, a child only 7 years old, to a stake, and placed an appeal on his head. When he bound his son he changed him not to move, and turned his face from him, that he might not be intimidated y seeing the arrow directed towards him: 120 yards were measured from the stake and Cloudesle went to the and of the measurement; he first entreated the spectators to be silent,

and then he drew out a fair broke arrows;

Hys bow was great and longe,

He set that arrows in his bole

That was both stiff and strong.

Then Clousesle cleft the apple in two,

As many a man might se,

Over Gods forbode syde the kynge,

That thou should shote at me.

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