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THE KNIGHT, AND SHEPHERD'S DAUGHTEB. 263
" He hath not robbed mee, my liege, «
Of purple nor of pall; . But he hath gotten my maidenhead,
Which grieves mee worst of all."
" Now if he be a batchelor,
His bodye He give to thee ; so
But if he be a married man,
High hanged he shall bee."
He called downe his merrye men all,
By one, by two, by three ; Sir William used to bee the first, m
But nowe the last came hee.
He brought her downe full fortye pounde,
Tyed up withinne a glove : " Faire maid, He give the same to thee;
Go, seeke thee another love." <»
" 0 He have none of your gold," she sayde, " Nor lie have none of your fee ;
But your faire bodye I must have, The king hath granted mee."
Sir William ranne and fetchd her then <a
Five hundred pound in golde, Saying, " Faire maide, take this to thee,
Thy fault will never be tolde."