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AND THE TANNERS DAUGHTER. 337
" For if thou stay, thoult surely bleede; «
I could not see thy blood."
" With us, false maiden, come away,
And leave that outlawe bolde ; Why fledst thou from thy home this day,
And left thy father olde ? " w
Robin stept backe but paces five,
Unto a sturdie tree ; " lie fight whiles I am left alive;
Stay, thou sweete maide, with mee."
He stood before, she stoode behinde, as
The brothers two drewe nie; " Our sister now to us resign,
Or thou full sure shalt die."
Then cried the maide, " My brethren deare, With ye He freely wend, ro
But harm not this young forrester, Noe ill doth he pretend."
" Stande up, sweete maide, I plight my troth;
Fall thou not on thy knee ; lie force thy cruell brothers both 7»
To bend the knee to thee.
" Stand thou behinde this sturdie oke,
I soone will quell their pride ; vol. v. 22