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A LITTLE GESTE OF
CCCLVI
When they had him told the case Our King understood their taie,
And he seized in his hand The Knightes landes all.
CCCLVII
All the pass of Lancashire
He went both far and near, Till he came to Plompton Park,
He fail'd many of his deer.
CCCLVIII
There our King was wont to see
Herdes many one, He could unneth find one deer
That bare any good horn.
CCCLIX
The King was wonder wroth withall,
And swore by the Trinity, ' I would I hadde Robin Hood,
With eyes I might him see.
CCCLX
i And he that would smite off the Knightes head,
And bring it unto me He shall have the Knightes lands,
Sir Richard at the Lee.
CCCLXI
' I give it him with my charter,
And seal it with my hand, To have and hold for evermore
In all merry England.'
pass] limits, extent.         There] where.         unneth] scarcely.
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