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A Selection Of The Best English Lyric Ballads Chosen & Edited by Arthur Quiller-Couch

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' I love no man in all the world
So well as I do my King; Welcome is my lordes seal ;
And, Monk, for thy tiding.
' Sir Abbot, for thy tidings,
To-day thou shalt dine with rae5
For the love of my King, Under my trystell-tree.'
Forth he led our comely King
Full faire by the hand ; Many a deer there was slain,
They were full fast dightand.
Robin took a full great horn,
And loude he gan blow ; Seven score of wight young men
Came ready on a row.
cccxc All they kneeled on their knee
Full fair before Robin ; The King said himself until,
And swore by Saint Austin,
cccxcr ' Here is a wonder seemly sight;
Me thinketh, by God's pine, His men are more at his bidding
Than my men be at mine.'
dightand] making preparations.          pine] pain, passion.
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