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ROBIN HOOD AND THE TINKEE. 235
" Or elce take here my working-bag,
And my good hammer too ; And if that I light but on the knave.
I will then soon pay you."
" The onely way," then said the host, ks
" And not to stand in fear, Is to seek him among the parks,
Killing of the kings deer."
The tinker hee then went with speed,
And made then no delay, no
Till he had found bold Robin Hood, That they might have a fray.
At last hee sp/d him in a park,
Hunting then of the deer; " What knave is that," quoth Kobin Hood, us
" That doth come mee so near ? "
" No knave, no knave," the tinker said,
" And that you soon shall know; Whether of us hath done any wrong,
My crab-tree staff shall show." 120
Then Robin drew his gallant blade,
Made then of trusty steel; But the tinker he laid on so fast,
That he made Robin reel.