Child's, The English And Scottish Ballads

Volume 5 of 8 from 1860 edition - online book

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" Yonder comet a prod potter," seyde Roben, " That long hayt hantyd this wey;
He was never so corteys a man
On peney of pawage to pay."                           20
" Y met hem bot at "Wentbreg/'seyde Lytyll John,
" And therfor yeffell mot he the, Seche thre strokes he me gafe,
Yet they cleffe by my seydys.
" Y ley forty shillings," seyde Lytyll John, as
" To pay het thes same day, Ther ys nat a man among hus all
A wed schall make hem ley."
" Her ys forty shillings," seyde Roben,
" Mor, and thow dar say,                                   »
That y schall make that prowde potter, A wed to me schall he ley."
Ther thes money they leyde,
They toke het a yeman to kepe; Roben befor the potter he breyde,                       
And bad hem stond steil.
Handys apon hes horse he leyde, And bad the potter stonde foil stell;
The potter schorteley to hem seyde,
" Felow, what ys they well ? "                          ■"
MS. 17, 21, syde. 28, leffe. 36, A.