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EOBIN HOOD AND THE BISHOP. 299
There was he aware of a proud bishop, And all his company.
" O what shall I do," said Eobin Hood then,
" If the bishop he doth take me ? No mercy he'l show unto me, I know, 15
But hanged I shall be."
Then Eobin was stout, and turn'd him about, And a little house there he did spy;
And to an old wife, for to save his life,
He loud began for to cry. 20
" Why, who art thou ? " said the old woman,
" Come tell it to me for good: " " I am an out-law, as many do know,
My name it is Eobin Hood;
" And yonder's the bishop and all his men, is
And if that I taken be, Then day and night he'l work my spight,
And hanged I shall be."
" If thou be Eobin Hood," said the old wife, " As thou dost seem to be, so
He for thee provide, and thee I will hide, From the bishop and his company.
* For I remember one Saturday night, Thou brought me both shoes and hose ; 22, tell to me. Ritson.