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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
CLII
The Sheriff got Little John Twelve months of the Knight,
Therefore he gave him right anon A good horse and a wight.
coir Now is Little John the Sheriffs man,
He give us well to speed, But alway thought Little John
To quit him well his meed.
CLIV
' Now so God me help,' said Litt'e John,
' And by my true lewte, I shall be the worst servant to him
That ever yet had he.'
CLV
It befell upon a Wednesday,
The Sheriff on hunting was gone,
And Little John lay in his bed, And was forgotten at home.
CLVI
Therefore he was fasting
Till it was past the noon. ' Good sir steward, I pray thee,
Give me to dine,' said Little John.
CLVII
' It is too long for Greenleaf,
Fasting so long to be; Therefore I pray thee, steward,
My dinner give thou me.'
meed] reward.            lewte] loyalty.
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