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ROBIN HOOD AND THE POTTER. 19
" Yonder comet a prod potter," seyde Roben, " That long hayt hantyd this wey;
He was never so corteys a man
On peney of pawage to pay." 20
" Y met hem bot at "Wentbreg/'seyde Lytyll John,
" And therfor yeffell mot he the, Seche thre strokes he me gafe,
Yet they cleffe by my seydys.
" Y ley forty shillings," seyde Lytyll John, as
" To pay het thes same day, Ther ys nat a man among hus all
A wed schall make hem ley."
" Her ys forty shillings," seyde Roben,
" Mor, and thow dar say, »
That y schall make that prowde potter, A wed to me schall he ley."
Ther thes money they leyde,
They toke het a yeman to kepe; Roben befor the potter he breyde, s»
And bad hem stond steil.
Handys apon hes horse he leyde, And bad the potter stonde foil stell;
The potter schorteley to hem seyde,
" Felow, what ys they well ? " ■"
MS. 17, 21, syde. 28, leffe. 36, A.