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232 EOBIN HOOD AND THE TINKER.
" What news abroad ?" quoth Eobin Hood, " Tell me what thou dost hear: so
Seeing thou goest from town to town, Some news thou need not fear."
" All the news I have," the tinker said,
" I hear it is for good, It is to seek a bold outlaw, 35
"Which they call Robin Hood.
" I have a warrant from the king,
To take him where I can ; If you can tell me where hee is,
I will make you a man.
40 " The king would give a hundred pound
That he could but him see ; And if wee can but now him get,
It will serve thee and mee."
" Let me see that warrant," said Eobin Hood, «
" He see if it bee right; And I will do the best I can
For to take him this night.
" That will I not," the tinker said,
" None with it I will trust; »
And where hee is if you'll not tell,
Take him by force I must."