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

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A LITTLE GESTE OF
XXIX
They brought him to the lodge door ;
When Robin gan him see, Full courteously did off his hood,
And set him on his knee.
XXX
' Welcome, Sir Knight,' then said Robin,
' Welcome art thou to me ; I have abiden you fasting, sir,
All these houres three.'
XXXI
Then answered the gentle Knight, With wordes fair and free ;
' God thee save, good Robin,
And all thy fair meinee.'
XXXII
They washed together and wiped both,
And set to their dinnere ; Bread and wine they had enough,
And numbles of the deer.
XXXIII
Swans and pheasants they had full good,
And fowls of the rivere ; There failed none so little a bird
That ever was bred on brere.
XXXIV
' Do gladly, Sir Knight,' said Robin. ' Gramerci, sir,' said he ;
'  Such a dinner had I not
Of all these weekes three.
numbles] inwards, tripe.               brere] briar.
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