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76 A LTTELL GESTE OF KOBTN HODE.
What tydynges fro Notyngham ?
Lytell Johan, tell thou me." i«
" "Well the greteth the proude sheryfe,
And sende the here by me His coke and his sylver vessell,
And thre hondred pounde and thre."
" I make myn avow to god," sayd Eobyn, i«
" And to the trenyte, It was never by his good wyll
This good is come to me."
Lytell Johan hym there bethought
On a shrewed wyle ; m
Fyve myle in the forest he ran,
Hym happed at his wyll.
Than he met the proud sheryf,
Huntynge with hounde and home;
Lytell Johan coud his curteysye, :«
And kneled hym beforne.
" God the save, my dere mayster,
And Cryst the save and se;" " Eaynolde Grenelefe," sayd the sheryfe,
" Where hast thou nowe be ? " im
" I have be in this forest, A fayre syght can I se ;
150, whyle, \V.