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THE "WIDOWS THREE SONS. 265
Then he put on the old man's shoes, as
Were patch'd both beneath and aboon ;
Then Robin Hood swore a solemn oath, It's good habit that makes a man.
Now Robin Hood is to Nottingham gone,
With a link a down and a down, '«
And there he met with the proud sheriff, Was walking along the town.
" 0 Christ you save, 0 sheriff," he said,
" 0 Christ you save and see ; And what will you give to a silly old man n
To-day will your hangman be ? "
" Some suits, some suits," the sheriff he said,
" Some suits I'll give to thee : Some suits, some suits, and pence thirteen,
To-day's a hangman's fee." a>
Then Robin he turns him round about,
And jumps from stock to stone : " By the truth of my body," the sheriff he said,
" That's well jumpt, thou nimble old man."
" I was ne'er a hangman in all my life, so
Nor yet intends to trade ; But curst be he," said bold Robin,
" That first a hangman was made.
73, 74. Oh save, oh save, oh sheriff, he said, Oh save and you may see.