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A TRUE TALE OP BOBIN HOOD. 359
The king protested by and by
Unto the abbot then, That Bobbin Hood with speed should dye,
With all his merry men.
But e're the king did any send, la
He did another feate, Which did his grace much more offend,
The fact indeed was great.
For in a short time after that
The kings receivers went 180
Towards London with the coyne they got,
For 's highness northerne rent.
Bold Bobbin Hood and Little John,
With the rest of their traine, Not dreading law, set them upon, 135
And did their gold obtaine.
The king much moved at the same,
And the abbots talke also, In this his anger did proclaime,
And sent word to and fro, 140
That whosoe'er alive or dead
Could bring bold Robbin Hood, Should have one thousand markes well paid
In gold and silver good.
This promise of the king did make im
Full many yeomen bold Attempt stout Bobbin Hood to take,
With all the force they could.