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AND THE TANNERS DAUGHTER. 335
I am the kindest man," he said, " That ever eve did see."
Then to her he did doffe his cap,
And to her lowted low, a
" To meete with thee I hold it good hap,
If thou wilt not say noe."
Then he put his hand around her waste,
Soe small, so tight, and trim, And after sought her lip to taste, ib
And she to[o] kissed him.
"' Where dost thou dwell, my prettie maide,
I prithee tell to mee ? " " I am a tanners daughter," she said,
" John Hobbes of Barneslee." 20
" And whither goest thou, pretty maide ?
Shall I be thy true love?" " If thou art not afeard," she said,
" My true love thou shalt prove."
" What should I feare ? " then he replied ; »
" I am thy true love now;" " I have two brethren, and their pride
Would scorn such one as thou."
" That will we try," quoth Robin Hood,
" I was not made their seorne ; so