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

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v Robyn bent his joly bo we,
Ther in he set a flo; The fattest der of alle
The herte he clef a to.
He hadde not the der i-flawe,
Ne half out of the hyde, There cam a schrewde arwe out of the west,
That felde Robertes pryde.
Gandeleyn lokyd hym est and west,
Be every syde: ' Hoo hat myn mayster sl?yin ?
Ho hat don this dede ? Shal I never out of grene wode go
Til I se his sydis blede.'
Gandeleyn lokyd hym est and west,
And sowt under the sunne; He saw a lytil boy,
He clepyn Wrennok of Donne.
A good bowe in his hond,
A brod arwe ther-ine, And fowre and twenti goode arwys,
Trusyd in a thrumme : Be war the, war the, Gandeleyn,
Her-of thu shalt han summe !
flo] arrow. a to] in two.        i-flawe] flayed. schrewde^
sharp.          He clepyn] whom they call.          Trusyd] trussed.,
bound up. thrumme] end of a warp.
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