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ROBIN HOOD AND THE POTTER. 25
" Godamarsey," seyde Roben,
" Yowr bedyng schalle be doyn ; A mayden yn the pottys gan ber, ias
Roben and the screffe weyffe folowed anon.
Whan Roben ynto the hall cam,
The screffe sone he met ; The potter cowed of corteysey,
And sone the screffe he gret. wo
" Loketh what thes potter hayt geffe yow and me;
Feyffe pottys smalle and grete ! " " He ys fol wellcom," seyd the screffe,
" Let os was, and go to mete."
As they sat at her methe, ies
"With a nobell cher, Two of the screffes men gan speke
Off a gret wager,
Was made the thother daye,
Off a schotyng was god and feyne, 170
Off forty shillings, the soyt to saye,
Who scholde thes wager wen.
MS. 161, loseth. 164, to to.
164. This ceremony [of washing,] which, in former times, was constantly practised as well before as after meat, seems to have fallen into disuse on the introduction of forks, about the year 1620; as before that period our ancestors supplied the place of this necessary utensil with their fingers.—Ritson.
169, 170, transposed in MS.