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ROBIN HOOD AND LITTLE JOHN. 217 ■
How they came acquainted, I'll tell you in brief, If you will but listen awhile; w
For this very jest, amongst all the rest, I think it may cause you to smile.
Bold Eobin Hood said to his jolly bowmen, " Pray tarry you here in this grove;
And see that you all observe well my call, u While thorough the forest I rove.
" We have had no sport for these fourteen long days,
Therefore now abroad will I go; Now should I be beat, and cannot retreat,
My horn I will presently blow." 20
Then did he shake hands with his merry men all, And bid them at present good b'w'ye ;
Then, as near a brook his journey he took, A stranger he chanc'd to espy.
They happen'd to meet on a long narrow bridge, 25 And neither of them would give way ;
Quoth bold Robin Hood, and sturdily stood, " I'll show you right Nottingham play."
With that from his quiver an arrow he drew, A broad arrow with a goose-wing. si
The stranger reply'd, " I'll liquor thy hide, If thou offer'st to touch the string."