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

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' And a good palfrey,' said Little Much,
' To maintain him in his right ; ' ' And a pair of boots,' said Scath£lock, ' For he is a gentle knight.'
' What shalt thou give him, Little John ? '—
i Sir, a pair of gilt spurs clean, To pray for all this company ;
God bring him out of teen.'
' When shall my day be,' said the Knight,
' Sir, an your wille be ?'— ' This day twelve moneth,' said Robin,
' Under this green-wood tree.
'  It were great shame,' said Robin,
' A knight alone to ride, Without! squire, yeoman, or page, To walke by his side.
' I shall thee lend Little John, my man,
For he shall be thy knave ; In a yeoman's stead he may thee stand,
If thou great neede have,'
palfrey] a saddle-horse. teen] trouble. knave] servant.
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