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

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ROBIN HOOD AND HIS MEINY
The Second Fytte How the Knight paid his Creditors against their will
LXXXII
Now is the Knight gone on his way ;
This game him thought full good ; When he looked on Barnesdale,
He blessed Robin Hood.
LXXXIII
And when he thought on Barnesdale, On Scathelock, Much, and John,
He blessed them for a company The best he ever in come.
LXXXIV
i Then spake that gentle Knight,
To Little John gan he say, ' To-morrow I must to York town
To Saint Mary's Abbey ;
LXXXV
' And to the Abbot of that place Four hundred pound must pay ;
But I be there upon this night My land is lost for aye.'
LXXXVI
The Abbot said to his Convent, Where he stood on ground,
' This day twelve moneth came a knight, And borrowed four hundred pound.
come] came.           But] unless.
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