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he told him the gold then over the borde;
it wanted neuer a broad pennye:
"that gold is thine, the land is mine,

& the heire of Linne againe I wilbee."

"Now welladay !" said John o the Scales wife,
"welladay, & woe is me!

Yesterday I was the lady of Linne,

& now I am but John o the Scales wiffe !"

saies, "haue thou heere, thou good fellow,
40 pence thou did lend me,

[40 pence thou did lend me,]

& 40'. I will giue thee,

Ile make thee keeper of my forrest,

both of the wild deere & the tame."


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