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PROGRESS TO NOTTINGHAM. 291
There was hee aware of fifteen forresters, And a drinking beer, ale, and wine.
" What news ? " " What news ? " said bold Robin Hood,
" What news fain wouldest thou know ? 10
Our king hath provided a shooting match,
And I'm ready with my bow."
" We hold it in scorn," said the forresters,
" That ever a boy so young Should bear a bow before our king, u
That's not able to draw one string."
" I'le hold you twenty marks," said bold Robin Hood,
" By the leave of our lady, That I'le hit a mark a hundred rod,
And rie cause a hart to dye." 20
" We'l hold you twenty mark," then said the • forresters,
" By the leave of our lady, Thou hit'st not the marke a hundred rod,
Nor causest a hart to dye."
Robin Hood he bent up a noble bow, a
And a broad arrow he let flye, He hit the mark a hundred rod,
And he caused a hart to dye. 8, bear.