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THE KING AND MILLER OP MANSFIELD. 37
"Here's dainty lightfoote!" "In faith," sayd
the king, " I never before eat so daintye a thing." so
" I-wis," quoth Eichard, " no daintye at all it is,
For we doe eate of it everye day." " In what place," sayd our king, " may be bought
like to this ? " " We never pay pennye for itt, by my fay: From merry Sherwood we fetch it home here; Now and then we make bold with our kings
" Then I thinke," sayd our king, " that it is venison." " Eche foole," quoth Richard, " full well may know that: Never are wee without two or three in the roof,
Very well fleshed, and excellent fat: 100
But, prythee, say nothing wherever thou goe ; "We would not, for two pence, the king should it knowe."
" Doubt not," then sayd the king, " my promist secresye ; The king shall never know more on't for mee:" A cupp of lambs-wool they dranke unto him then, "a
And to their bedds they past presentlie.