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250 THE BOLD PEDLAR AND ROBIN J300D.
Then Little John he drew his sword ; 25
The pedlar by his pack did stand; They fought until they both did sweat,
Till he cried, " Pedlar, pray hold your hand."
Then Robin Hood he was standing by,
And he did laugh most heartilie; 30
Saying, " I could find a man of a smaller scale, Could thrash the pedlar and also thee."
" Go you try, master," says Little John, " Go you try, master, most speedilie,
Or by my body," says Little John, 36
" I am sure this night you will not know me."
Then Robin Hood he drew his sword, And the pedlar by his pack did stand,
They fought till the blood in streams did flow, Till he cried, " Pedlar, pray hold your hand ! 10
" Pedlar, pedlar, what is thy name ?
Come speedilie and tell to me:" " My name! my name I ne'er will tell,
Till both your names you have told to me."
" The one of us is bold Robin Hood, «
And the other Little John so free :"
" Now," says the pedlar, " it lays to my good will, Whether my name I chuse to tell to thee.