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A LYTELL GBSTE OF KOBYN HOTD. 57
" Is this well tolde ? " said lytell Much.
Johan sayd, " What greveth the ? Tt is ahnes to helpe a gentyll knyght srs
That is fall in poverte."
" Mayster," than said Lytell Johan,
" His clothynge is full thynne ; Ye must gyve the knyght a lyveray
To lappe his body ther in. aeo
" For ye have scarlet and grene, mayster,
And many a ryche aray; There is no marchaunt in mery Englonde,
So ryche, I dare well saye."
" Take hym thre yerdes of every coloure, aw
And loke that well mete it be:" Lytell Johan toke none other mesure
But his bowe tre.
And of every handfull that he met
He lept ouer fotes thre : 2*'
" What devilkyns draper," sayd litell Much,
" Thynkyst thou to be?"
Scathelocke stoode full styll and lough,
And sayd, " By god allmyght, Johan may gyve hym the better mesure ; 2m
By god, it cost him but lyght." 280, helpe, W. wrappe, C.