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198 ROBIN HOOD AND THE BEGGAR.
" Thou lies, false lown," they said again, us
" By all that may be sworn ; Thou hast near slain the gentlest man
That ever yet was born.
" And back again thou shalt be led,
And fast bound shalt thou be, ix
To see if he will have thee slain, Or hanged on a tree."
The beggar then thought all was wrong ;
They were set for his wrack ; He saw nothing appearing then, 125
But ill upon worse back.
"Were he out of their hands, he thought,
And had again his tree, He should not be had back for nought,
"With such as he did see. iso
Then he bethought him on a wile,
If it could take effect, How he the young men might beguile,
And give them a begeck.
Thus for to do them shame or ill, iss
His beastly breast was bent; He found the wind grew something shril,
To further his intent.