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TANNER OP TAMTVOETH. 25
" To Drayton Basset woldst thou goe a>
Fro the place where thou dost stand,
The next payre of gallowes thou comest unto, Turne.in upon thy right hand."
" That is an unreadye waye," sayd our king, " Thou doest but jest I see; »
Nowe shewe me out the nearest waye, And I pray thee wend with mee."
" Awaye with a vengeance !" quoth the tanner :
" I hold thee out of thy witt: All daye have I rydden on Broeke my mare, . »
And I am fasting yett."
" Go with me downe to Drayton Basset,
No daynties we will spare ; All daye shalt thou eate and drinke of the best,
And I will paye thy fare." «
" Gramercye for nothing," the tanner replyde,
" Thou payest no fare of mine: I trowe I've more nobles in my purse,
Than thou hast pence in thine."
" God give thee joy of them," sayd the king, *
" And send them well to priefe;" The tanner wolde faine have beene away,
For he weende he had beene a thiefe.