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24 KING ED"WAKD FOURTH AND THE
With hawke and hounde he made him bowne, 6
With home, and eke with bowe; To Drayton Basset he tooke his waye,
With all his lordes a rowe.
And he had ridden ore dale and downe
By eight of clocke in the day, «•
- When he was ware of a bold tanner, Come ryding along the waye.
A fayre russet coat the tanner had on,
Fast buttoned under his chin, And under him a good cow-hide, 's
And a mare of four shilling.
" Nowe stande you still, my good lordes all,
Under the grene wood spraye ; And I will wend to yonder fellowe,
To weet what he will saye. 20
" God speede, God speede thee," sayd our king, " Thou art welcome, sir," sayd hee ;
" The readyest waye to Drayton Basset I praye thee to shewe to mee."
16. In the reign of Edward IV. Dame Cecill, lady of Tor-boke, in her will dated March 7, A. D. 1466, among many other bequests, has this: " Also I will that my sonne Thomas of Torboke have 13s. id. to buy him an horse." Vide Har-leian Catalogue, 2176, 27.—Now if 13s. id. would purchase a steed fit for a person of quality, a tanner's horse might reasonably be valued at four or five shillings.—Percy.