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

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' If I come again, Robin,
Here by this country, As good a dinner I shall thee make
As thou hast made to me.'
' Gramerci, Knight,' said Robin Hood;
' My dinner when I have, I was never so greedy, by dear-worth God,
My dinner for to crave.
' But pray ere ye wend,' said Robin Hood ;
' Me thinketh it is good right; It was never the manner, by dear-worth God,
A yeoman to pay for a knight.'
' I have nought in my coffers,' said the Knight, ' That I may proffer for shame : '
i Little John, go look,' said Robin Hood, ' Nor let not for no blame.'
' Tell me truth,' said Robin Hood, ' So God have part of thee.'—
' I have no more than ten shillings, So God have part of me.'
' If thou hast no more,' said Robin,
' I will not one penny ; And if thou need of any more,
More shall I lende thee.
dear-worth] precious.              let] desist,
thee] side with thee, aid thee.
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