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A LYTELL GESTE OF KOBTN HODE. 45
And by hym stode Lytell Johan, A good yeman was he ;
And also dyde good Scathelock,
And Much the millers sone ; There was no ynche of his body, is
But it was worthe a grome.
Than bespake hym Lytell Johan
All unto Robyn Hode, " Mayster, yf ye wolde dyne betyme,
It wolde do you moch good." 20
Then bespake good Eobyn,
" To dyne I have no lest, Tyll I have some bolde baron,
Or some unketh gest,
" [Or els some byshop or abbot] 25
That may paye for the best; Or some knyght or some squyere
That dwelleth here by west."
of eight archers, sometimes of twelve; but when they had got as far south as Daventry, they had no archers at all in attendance, and proceeded without a guard, in three days from thence to Winchester. Biit when they passed from Pontefract to Tickhill, the guard had been increased to the number of twenty archers, and the reason given in the account of the expenses of their journey, for this addition to the cost of the conveyance, is given in the two words, .propter Barnsdale."
22. lust, Eitson.