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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
The Fourth Fytte How Robin Hood was repaid his Loan
CCV
The Sheriff dwelled in Nottingham, He was fain that he was gone ;
And Robin and his merry men Went to wood anon.
ccvi ' Go we to dinner,' said Little John :
Robin Hood said ' Nay ; For I fear Our Lady be wroth with me,
For she sent me not my pay.'
CCVII
' Have no doubt, master,' said Little John;
' Yet is not the sun at rest; For I dare say and safely swear,
The Knight is true and trest.'
ccviir
' Take thy bow in hande,' said Robin,
' Let Much wend with thee, And so shall William Scathelock,
And no man abide with me.
ccix
' And walk ye up unto the Sayles,
And so to Watling Street, And wait after some uncouth guest,
Upchance ye may them meet.
trest] trusty.
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