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254 EOBIN HOOD AND THE BEGGAR.
So the beggar drew nigh, and at Robin let fly, But gave him never a word.
" Fight on, fight on," said Robin Hood then, " This game well pleaseth me ;" so
For every blow that Robin gave, The beggar gave buffets three.
And fighting there full hard and sore,
Not far from Nottingham town, They never fled, till from Robin Hoods head k
The blood came trickling down.
" 0 hold thy hand," said Robin Hood then,
"And thou and I will agree;" " If that be true," the beggar he said,
" Thy mantle come give unto me." a>
" Now a change, a change," cri'd Robin Hood,
Thy bags and coat give me ; And this mantle of mine He to thee resign,
My horse and my braverie."
When Robin Hood had got the beggars clothes, ss
He looked round about; " Methinks," said he, " I seem to be
A beggar brave and stout.
" For now I have a bag for my bread,
So have I another for corn ; re