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THE THREE SQUIRES. 269
-Then bold Robin Hood for Nottingham goes,
For Nottingham town goes he, . 0 there did he meet with a poor beggar-man, w
He came creeping along the highway.
" "What news, what news, thou old beggar-man ?
What news, come tell unto me : " " 0 there's weeping and wailing in Nottingham,
For the death of the squires all three." «
This beggar-man had a coat on his back, 'Twas neither green, yellow, nor red;
Bold Robin Hood thought 'twas no disgrace To be in the beggar-mans stead.
" Come, pull off thy coat, thou old beggar-man, «
And thou shalt put on mine; And forty good shillings I'll give thee to boot,
Besides brandy, good beer, ale and wine."
Bold Robin Hood then unto Nottingham came, Unto Nottingham town came he ; so
0 there did he meet with great master sheriff, And likewise the squires all three.
" One boon, one boon," says jolly Robm,
" One boon I beg on my knee ; That, as for the death of these three squires, w
Their hangman I may be."