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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
LXV
' 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.'
LXVI
' 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.'
L XVIII
Forth then wente Little John, And Scathelock went before ;
He told him out four hundred pound By eight and twenty score.
LXIX
' 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.'
LXX
'  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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