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58 A LTTELL GESTE OP EOBYN HODE.
" Mayster," sayd Lytell Johan,
• All unto Robyn Hode,
" Ye must gyve that knight an hors,
To lede home al this good." aoo
"Take hym a gray courser," sayd Robyn,
" And a sadell newe; He is our ladyes messengere,
God lene that he be true."
" And a good palfraye," sayd lytell Moch, 305 " To mayntayne hym in his ryght:"
" And a payre of botes," sayd Scathelocke, " For he is a gentyll knyght."
"What shalt thou gyve him, Lytel Johan?" sayd Robyn.
" Syr, a payre of gylte spores clene, 310
To pray for all this company :
God brynge hym out of tene ! "
" Whan shall my daye be," sayd the knyght,
" Syr, and your wyll be ? " " This daye twelve moneth," sayd Robyn, sis
" Under this grene wode tre."
" It were grete shame," sayd Robyn, " A knyght alone to ryde,
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