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BESOTTING WILL STUTLT. 285
And when they came to the castle near
Wherein Will Study lay, " I hold it good," said Robin Hood, &
" We here in ambush stay,
" And send one forth some news to hear,
To yonder palmer fair, That stands under the castle wall;
Some news he may declare." «
With that steps forth a brave young man,
Which was of courage bold ; Thus he did say to the old man :
" I pray thee, palmer old,
" Tell me, if that thou rightly ken, «
When must Will Stutly dye, Who is one of bold Robin's men,
And here doth prisoner lye ? "
" Alas, alas," the palmer said,
" And for ever woe is me! so
Will Stutly hang'd will be this day,
On yonder gallows tree.
" 0 had his noble master known,
He would some succour send; A few of his bold yeomanry i*
Full soon would fetch him hence;"