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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
CCLVIII
The Monk took the horse with spur,
No longer would he abide ; ' Ask to drink,' then said Robin,
' Ere that ye further ride.'
CCLIX
' Nay, 'fore God,' then said the Monk,
' Me rueth I came so near ; For better cheap I might have dined
In Blyth or Doncastere.'
CCLX
' Greet well your Abbot,' said Robin, ' And your prior, I you pray,
And bid him send me such a Monk To dinner every day ! '
CCLXI
Now lette we that Monk be still, And speak we of that Knight:
Yet he came to hold his day, The while that it was light.
CCLXII
He did him straight to Barnesdale?
Under the green-wood tree, And he found there Robin Hood,
And all his merry meinee.
CCLXIII
The Knight lit down off his good palfrey,
Robin when he gan see ; Courteously he did a-down his hood,
And set him on his knee.
For better cheap] more cheaply.
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