Child's, The English And Scottish Ballads

Volume 5 of 8 from 1860 edition - online book

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The best bow that the yeman browthe               ws
Eoben set on a stryng.
" Now schall y wet and thow be god,
And polle het op to they ner;" " So god me helpe," seyde the prowde potter,
" Thys ys bot rygzt weke ger."                       
To a quequer Eoben went,
A god bolt owthe he toke ; So ney on to the marke he went,
He fayled not a fothe.
All they schot abowthe agen,                                «k
The screffes men and he ; Off the marke he welde not fayle,
He eleffed the preke on thre.
The screffes men thowt gret schame,
The potter the mastry wan ;                            210
The screffe lowe and made god game, And seyde, " Potter, thow art a man ;
Thow art worthey to ber a bowe, Yn what plas that thow gang."
"Yn mey cart y haffe a bowe,                                 21-5
Forsoyt," he seyde, " and that a godde ;
Yn mey cart ys the bow
That I had of Robyn Hode."
MS. 214, goe. 218, Robyng gaffe me.