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356 A TRUE TALE OF EOBIN HOOD.
So being outlaw'd (as 'tis told)
He with a crew went forth , Of lusty cutters stout and bold,
And robbed in the North. «>
Among the rest one Little John,
A yeoman bold and free, Who could (if it stood him upon)
With ease encounter three.
One hundred men in all he got, ts
With whom (the story sayes) Three hundred commen men durst not
Hold combat any wayes.
They Yorkshire woods frequented much,
And Lancashire also, so
Wherein their practises were such That they wrought mickle woe.
None rich durst travell to and fro,
Though nere so strongly arm'd, But by these theeves (so strong in show) 55
They still were rob'd and harm'd.
His chiefest spight to th' clergie was,
That liv'd in monstrous pride: No one of them he would let passe
Along the highway side, t»>
But first they must to dinner go,
And afterwards to shrift: Full many a one he served so,
Thus while he liv'd by theft.