Child's, The English And Scottish Ballads

Volume 5 of 8 from 1860 edition - online book

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Leytell John to hes felowhes seyde,                    <w
" Yend potter welle stefFeley stonde : "
The potter, with an.acward stroke, Smot'the bokeler owt of hes honde ;
And ar Roben meyt get hem agen
Hes bokeler at hes fette,                                     to
The potter yn the neke hem toke,
To the gronde sone he yede.
That saw Roben hes men,
As thay stode ender a bow; " Let us helpe owr master," seyed Lytell John, ra
" Yonder potter els well hem sclo."
Thes yemen went with a breyde,
To ther master they cam. Leytell John to hes master seyde,
" Ho haet the wager won ?                               at
" Schall y half yowr forty shillings," seyde Lytel John,
" Or ye, master, schall haffe myne ? " " Yeff they wer a hundred," seyde Roben,
" Y feyth'e, they ben all theyne."
" Het ys fol leytell cortesey," seyde the potter, as " As y haffe harde weyse men saye,
MS. 65, felow he. 67, a caward. 69, A. 76, seyde hels. 11, went yemen. 78, thes.