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ROBIN HOOD AND HIS MEINY
LXXI
' For ye have scarlet and green, master,
And many a rich array ; There is no merchant in merry England
So rich, I dare well say.'
LXXII
' Take him three yards of each colour,
And look well mete it be.' Little John took no measure
But his bowe-tree.
LXXIII
And at every handful that he met
He leaped o'er feet three ; ' What devilkin's draper,' said Little Much,
' Thinkest thou for to be ?'
LXXIV
Scathelock stood full still and laughed,
And said, ' He meteth right. John may give him good measure,
For it costeth him but light.'
LXXV
'Master,' then said Little John
All unto Robin Hood, ' Ye must give the Knight a horse
To lead home all this good.'
LXXM
' Take him a grey courser,' said Robin,
' And a saddle new ; He is Our Lady's messenger ;
God grant that he be true ! '
mete] meted, measured.          met] measured.
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