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A Selection Of The Best English Lyric Ballads Chosen & Edited by Arthur Quiller-Couch

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ROBYN AND GANDELYN
x
' Be war the, war the, Gandeleyn,
Her of thu gyst plente ! ' i Ever on for an other,' seyde Gandeleyn;
' Mysaunter have he shal fle.
XI
' Qwer-at shal our marke be ?' Seyde Gandeleyn.
Everyche at otheris herte,'
Seyde Wrennok ageyn.
XII
' Ho shal yeve the ferste schote ?'
Seyde Gandeleyn. ' And I shul yeve the on be-forn,'
Seyde Wrennok ageyn.
XIII
Wrennok schette a ful good schote,
And he schet not to hye; Throw the sanchothis of his bryk ;
it towcyhd neyther thye.
XIV
' Now hast thu yovyn me on bc-forn,J Al thus to Wrennok seyde he,
' And throw the myyt of our lady
A bettere I shal yeve the.' xv Gandeleyn bent his goode bowe,
And set ther-in a flo; He schet throw his grene certyl,
His herte he clef on too.
gyst] gettest.          Mysaunter] misadventure.           Ho] who.
yevel give.        sanchothis] fork.        bryk] breeches.        yovyn
me on] given me one. certyl] kirtle. 464
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