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THE KING AND MILLEK OF MANSFIELD. 39
Of them all, great and small, he did protest, s The miller of Mansfields sport liked him best.
" And now, my lords," quoth the king, " I am determined Against St. Georges next sumptuous feast, That this old miller, our new confirm'd knight,
With his son Richard, shall here be my guest: For, in this merryment, 'tis my desire n
To talke with the jolly knight, and the young squire."
When as the noble lords saw the kinges pleasantness, They were right joyfull and glad in their hearts : A pursuivant there was sent straighte on the business, i»
The which had often-times been in those parts. When he came to the place where they did dwell, His message orderlye then 'gan he tell.
" God save your worshippe," then said the messenger, " And grant your ladye her own hearts desire ; And to your sonne Richard good fortune and happiness, 21 That, sweet, gentle, and gallant young squire. Our king greets you well, and thus he doth say, You must come to the court on St. George's day.