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

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ROBIN HOOD AND THE MONK
LX
John toke his leve at oure Kyng,
The sothe as I yow say; The next way to Notyngham
To take, he yede the way.
LXI
Whan John came to Notyngham
The yatis were sparred ychon i John callid up the porter,
He answerid sone anon.
LXII
' What is the cause,' seid Litull John, ' Thou sparris the yates so fast ?'
' Because of Robyn Hode,' seid the porter, ' In depe prison is cast.
LXIII
' John and Moch and Wyll Scathlok,
Ffor sothe as I yow say, Thei slew oure men upon our wallis,
And sawten us every day.'
LXIV
Litull John spyrred after the Schereff,
And sone he hym fonde ; He oppyned the Kyngus prive seell,
And gaf hym in his honde.
LXV
Whan the Scheref saw the Kyngus seell,
He did of his hode anon : ' Wher is the munke that bare the letturs ?'
He seid to Litull John.
next] nighest. yede] went. ychon] each one. sawten] assault. did of his hode] took off his hat.
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