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ROBIN HOOD AND HIS MEINY
CCXLVI
I  Go now forth, Little John,
The truthe tell thou me ; If there be no more but twenty mark, No penny that I see.'
CCXLVII
Little John spread his mantle down,
As he had done before, And he told out of the Monkes mail
Eight hundred pound and more.
CCXLVIII
Little John let it lie full still,
And went to his master in haste ;
' Sir,' he said, ' the Monk is true enough, Our Lady hath doubled your cast!'
CCXLIX
II  make mine avow to God, Monk, what told I thee ?
Our Lady is the truest woman That ever found I me,
CCL
' By dear-worth God,' said Robin Hood, ' To seek all England thorough,
Yet found I never to my pay A muche better borrow.
CCLI
( Fill of the best wine,' said Robin, ' And greet thy Lady hend,
And if she have need to Robin Hood She shall him find a friend.
cast] throw, as in dice.
hend] gracious.
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