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16 EOBIN HOOD AXD THE MONK.
Or ellis the schereff of Notyngham Hye hongut shuld he be.
" I made hem zemen of the crowne, And gaf hem fee with my hond,
I gaf hem grithe," seid oure kyng, 341
" Thorowout alle mery Inglond.
" I gaf hem grithe," then seide oure kyng,
" I say, so mot I the, For sothe soche a zeman as he is on
In alle Ingland ar not thre. »*
" He is trew to his maister," seide oure kynge,
"I sey, be swete seynt Johne ; He louys bettur Robyn Hode,
Then he dose vs ychone.
" Eobyne Hode is euer bond to him, as
Bothe in strete and stalle ; Speke no more of this matter," seid oure kynge,
" But John has begyled vs alle."
Thus endys the talkyng of the munke
And Robyne Hode i-wysse ; God, that is euer a crowned kyng,
Bryng vs alle to his blisse. 352. MS. mere.