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PART II
BOOK V
112.        Robyn and Gandelyn
i
I HERDE a carpyng of a clerk, Al at yone wodes ende, Of gode Robyn and Gandeleyn ;
Was ther non other thynge. Robynn lyth in grene ivode bonvndyn.
II Stronge thevys wern tho chylderin none,
But bowmen gode and hende; He wentyn to wode to getyn hem fleych,
If God wold it hem sende.
in Al day wentyn tho chylderin two,
And fleych fowndyn he non, Til it were ageyn evyn;
The chylderin wold gon horn.
IV
Half an honderid of fat falyf der
He comyn ayon, And alle he wern fayr and fat i-now,
But markyd was ther non: ' Be dere God,' seyde gode Robyn,
' Hereof we shul have on.'
carpyng] talking, tale. hende] gracious, courteous. He] they.          ageyn evyn] towards evening.          He comyn ayon]
came over against them, in their path. on] one. 46a
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