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A LYTELL GESTB OF KOBTTT HODE. 49
" Welcome be ye, gentyll knyght, s»
Welcome are you to me.
" Welcome be thou to grene wood,
Hende knyght and fre ; My mayster hath abyden you fastynge,
Syr, all these oures thre." wo
" Who is your mayster ? " sayd the knyght.
Johan sayde, " Robyn Hode." " He is a good yeman," sayd the knyght,
" Of hym I have herde moch good.
" I graunte," he sayd, " with you to wende, i«
My brethren, all in-fere; My purpose was to have deyned to day
At Blythe or Dankastere."
Forthe than went this gentyll knyght,
With a carefull chere ; no
The teres out of his eyen ran, And fell downe by his lere.
They brought hym unto the lodge dore ;
When Robyn gan hym se, Full curteysly dyde of his hode, ius
And set hym on his kne.
106,80 E. (ed. 1489): all three, W. C. (de Worde & Copland). 109, this, B. that, W. C. 112, ere, E.
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