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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
CCCCXXVII
All the people of Nottingham
They stood and beheld, They saw nothing but mantles of green
That cover'd all the felde;
CCCCXXVIII
Then every man to other gan say,
' I dread our King be slone ; Come Robin Hood to the town, i-wis,
On life he leaveth not one.'
ccccxxix Full hastily they began to flee,
Both yeoman and knaves, The old wives that might evil go,
They hipped on their staves.
ccccxxx The King laughed full fast,
And commanded them again ; When they saw our comely King,
I-wis they were full fain.
ccccxxxi They ate and drank, and made them glad,
And sang with notes high. Then bespake our comely King
To Sir Richard at the Lee :
CCCCXXXII
He gave him there his land again, A good man he bade him be.
Robin thanked our comely King, And set him on his knee.
hipped] hopped, limped.
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