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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
CCLXXVI
' Come now forth, Little John,
And go to my treasury, And bring me thence four hundred pound;
The Monk overtold it me.
CCLXXVII
' Have here four hundred pound,
Thou gentle Knight and true, And buy thee horse and harness good,
And gilte spurs all new.
CCLXXVIII
' And if thou fail any spending,
Come to Robin Hood, And by my troth thou shalt none fail,
While I have any good.
CCLXXIX
' And brook well thy four hundred pound,
Which I lent to thee, And make thyself no more so bare,
By the counsel of me.'
CCLXXX
Thus then holp him good Robin,
The Knight all of his care : God, that sitt'st in heaven high,
Grant us well to fare !
overtold] counted over.
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