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THE KING AND MILLER OF MANSFIELD. 41
Of horses and serving-men we must have store, With bridles and saddles, and twentye things more."
" Tushe, Sir John," quoth his wife, " why should you frett or frowne ? You shall ne'er be att no charges for mee; «• For I will turne and trim up my old russet gowne, With everye thing else as fine as may bee ; And on our mill-horses swift we will ride, With pillowes and pannells, as we shall provide."
In this most statelye sort, rode they unto the court j                                                                     55
Their jolly sonne Richard rode foremost of all, Who set up, for good hap, a cocks feather in his cap, And so they jetted downe to the kings hall; The merry old miller with hands on his side ; His wife like maid Marian did mince at that tide.                                                                                 60
The king and his nobles, that heard of their com­ing,
57. for good hap: i. e. for good luck; they were going on a hazardous expedition. P.
60. Maid Marian in the Morris dance, was represented by a man in woman's clothes, who was to take short steps in order to sustain the female character. P.







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