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42 THE KING AND MILLER OF MANSFIELD.
Meeting this gallant knight with his brave * traine, " "Welcome, sir knight," quoth he, " with your gay lady; Good Sir John Cockle, once welcome againe ; And so is the squire of courage soe free." as
Quoth Dicke, " A bots on you ! do you know mee ? "
Quoth our king gentlye, " How should I forget thee? That wast my owne bed-fellowe, well it I wot." " Yea, sir," quoth Richard, " and by the same token, Thou with thy farting didst make the bed hot." " Thou whore-son unhappy knave," then quoth the knight, n
" Speake cleanly to our king, or else go sh***."
The king and his courtiers laugh at this heartily, While the king taketh them both by the hand ;
"With the court-dames and maids, like to the queen of spades, it
The millers wife did soe orderly stand,
A milk-maids courtesye at every word;
And downe all the folkes were set to the board.
There the king royally, in princelye majestye,
Sate at his dinner with joy and delight; so "When they had eaten well, then he to jesting fell,