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

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' I have none other,' said the Knight,
' The soothe for to say, But if it be Our dear Lady ; She fail'd never ere this day.'
' By dear-worth God,' said Robin Hood, ' To seek all England thorough,
Yet found I never to my pay A muche better borrow.
lxvii ' Come now forth, Little John,
And go to my treasury, And bringe me four hundred pound,
And look well told it be.'
Forth then wente Little John, And Scathelock went before ;
He told him out four hundred pound By eight and twenty score.
' Is this well told ?' said Little Much :
John said, ' What grieveth thee? It is alms to help a gentle knight That is fal'n in poverty.'
'  Master,' then said Little John,
' His clothing is full thin ; Ye must give the Knight a livery To lap his body therein.
But if] unless.          lap] wrap.
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