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40 THE KING AND MILLER OF MANSFIELD.
" Therefore, in any case, faile not to be in place."
" I-wis," quoth the miller, " this is an odd jest:
"What should we doe there ? faith, I am halfe
" I doubt," quoth Richard, " to be hang'd at the
" Nay," quoth the messenger, " you doe mistake ;
Our king he provides a great feast for your sake."
Then sayd the miller, " By my troth, messenger, Thou hast contented my worshippe full well:
Hold, here are three farthings, to quite thy gentleness, For these happy tydings which thou dost tell.
Let me see, hear thou mee ; tell to our king, 85
"We'll wayt on his mastershipp in everye thing."
The pursuivant smiled at their simplicitye, And making many leggs, tooke their reward,
And his leave taking with great humilitye,
To the kings court againe he repair'd; 40
x Shewing unto his grace, merry and free,
The knightes most liberall gift and bountie.
"When he was gone away, thus gan the miller say: " Here come expences and charges indeed; Now must we needs be brave, tho' we spend all we have, «
For of new garments we have great need.