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364 A TRUE TALE OF ROBIN HOOD.
And then the talke of Bobbin Hood
His royal eares did fill; His grace admir'd that i' th' greene wood
He thus continued still.
So that the country farre and neare 2<b
Did give him great applause ; For none of them neede stand in feare,
But such as broke the lawes.
He wished well unto the king,
And prayed still for his health, are
And never practis'd any thing
Against the common-wealth.
Onely, because he was undone
By th' crewele clergie then, All meanes that he could thinke upon as
To vexe such kinde of men,
He enterpriz'd with hateful spleene;
For which he was to blame, For fault of some to wreake his toene
On all that by him came. 2S0
, With wealth which he by robbery got Eight almes-houses he built, Thinking thereby to purge the blot Of blood which he had spilt.
Such was their blinde devotion then, - 285
Depending on their workes; Which, if 'twere true, we Christian men
Inferiour were to Turkes.