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A LITTLE GESTE OF
CCCXCII Full hastily was their dinner dight,
And thereto gan they gon ; They served our King with all their might,
Both Robin and Little John.
Anon before our King was set
The fatte venisoun, The good white bread, the good red wine,
Thereto fine ale and brown.
' Make good cheer,' said Robin Hood,
' Abbot, for charity, And for this ilke tiding, Sir, Blessed mote thou be.
' Now shalt thou see what life we lead,
Ere thou hennes wend ; Then thou mayst inform our King, When ye together lend.'
cccxcvi Up they started all in haste,
Their bows were smartly bent j Our King was never so aghast,
He weened to have been shent.
Two yards there were up set,
Thereto gan they gang ; By fifty paces, our King said,
The markes were too lang.
hennes] hence. lend] dwell. shent] put to shame,
hurt. yards] rods.