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354 A TKUE TALE OF ROBIN HOOD.
Chronicles and published for the satisfaction of those who desire to see truth purged from falsehood. By Martin Parker."
At the end of the tale is the following epitaph, "which the prioresse of the monastery of Kirkes Lay in Yorkshire set over Kobbin Hood, which was to bee reade within these hundreth yeares (though in old broken English), much to the same sence and meaning."
Decembris quarto die 1198. anno regni Kichardii primi 9.
Robert earle of Huntington
Lies under this little stone.
No archer was like him so good;
His wildnesse named him Eobbin Hood.
Full thirteene yeares and something more,
These northern parts he vexed sore;
Such outlawes as hee and his men,
May England never know agen.
" Some other superstitious words were in it, which I thought fit to leave out." M. P.
Both gentlemen, or yeomen bould,
Or whatsoever you are, To have a stately story tould
Attention now prepare.
It is a tale of Kobin Hood, *
Which I to you will tell, Which being rightly understood,
I know will please you well.