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EOBIN HOOD AND QUEEN KATHEEINE. 319
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" Now, bishop, beware thy purse !"
" A boone, a boone," queen Katherine cries,
" I crave it on my bare knee, That you will angry be with none
That are of my partie." ' mo
" They shall have forty daies to come,
And forty daies to goe, And three times forty to sport and play;
Then welcome friend or foe."
"Thou art welcome, Robin Hood," said the queene, i«
" And so is Little John, And so is Midge, the millers son;
Thrice welcome every one."
" Is this Robin Hood ? " now said the king;
" For it was told to me uo
That he was slain in the palace gates,
So far in the north country."
"Is this Robin Hood?" quoth the bishop then,
" As I see well to be : Had I knowne it had been that bold outlaw, IBS
I would not [have] bet one peny.