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10 KING JOHN, ETC.
ŚNow secondly tell me, without any doubt, How soone I may ride this whole world about."
" You must rise with the sun, and ride with the
same Until the next morning he riseth againe ; so
And then your grace need not make any doubt But in twenty-four hours you'll ride it about."
The king he laughed, and swore by St. Jone, " I did not think it could be gone so soone ! ŚNow from the third question thou must not shrinke, 95
But tell me here truly what I do thinke."
" Yea, that shall I do, and make your grace
merry; You thinke I'm the abbot of Canterbury; But I'm his poor shepheard, as plain you may
see, That am come to beg pardon for him and for
The king he laughed, and swore by the masse, " He make thee lord abbot this day in his place!" " Now naye, my liege, be not in such speede, For alacke I can neither write ne reade."
" Four nobles a week, then I will give thee, im For this merry jest thou hast showne unto mee ;