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AND THE BISHOP OF HEREFORD. 295
" We'll kill a fat ven'son," said bold Robin Hood, And dress it by the highway side;
And we will watch the bishop narrowly, i>
Lest some other way he should ride."
Robin Hood dress'd himself in shepherds attire,
With six of his men also ; And, when the bishop of Hereford came by,
They about the fire did go. so
" 0 what is the matter ? " then said the bishop, " Or for whom do you make this a-do ?
Or why do you kill the kings ven'son, When your company is so few ? "
" We are shepherds," said bold Robin Hood, 25
" And we keep sheep all the year, And we are disposed to be merry this day,
And to kill of the kings fat deer."
" You are brave fellows !" said the bishop,
" And the king of your doings shall know: 30
Therefore make haste, and come along with me, For before the king you shall go."
" 0 pardon, O pardon," said bold Robin Hood,
" O pardon, I thee pray ! For it becomes not your lordships coat ss
To take so many lives away."