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32 THE KING AND MILLER OF MANSFIELD.
" Gramercye, my liege," the tanner replyde;
" For the favour thou hast me showne, If ever thou comest to merry Tamworth,
Neates leather shall clout thy shoen."
THE KING AND MILLER OF MANSFIELD.
" The following ia printed, with corrections from the Editor's folio MS. collated with an old black-letter copy in the Pepys collection, entitled A pleasant ballad of King Henry II. and the Miller of Mansfield, &c."—Percy's Reliques, iii. 22.
Other copies, slightly different, in A Collection of Old Ballads,i. 53, and Bitson's Ancient Songs, ii. 173.
PART THE FIRST.
Henry, our royall king, would ride a hunting To the greene forest so pleasant and faire ; To see the harts skipping, and dainty does tripping. Unto merry Sherwood his nobles repaire: Hawke and hound were unbound, all things pre-par'd s
For the game, in the same, with good regard.
All a long summers day rode the king pleasant-lye, With all his princes and nobles eche one ;