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366 A TRUE TALE OP ROBIN HOOD.
The tennure of this letter was • That Robbin would submit, And be true liegeman to his grace
In any thing that's fit, 330
So that his highnesse would forgive
Him and his merry men all; If not, he must i* th' green wood live,
And take what chance did fall.
The king would faine have pardoned him, 32s
But that some lords did say " This president will much condemn
Your grace another day."
While that the king and lords did stay
Debating on this thing, 330
Some of these outlawes fled away Unto the Scottish king.
For they suppos'd, if he were tane,
Or to the king did yeeld, By th' commons all the rest of 's train 335
Full quickely would be quell'd.
Of more than full an hundred men,
But forty tarryed still, Who were resolv'd to sticke to him
Let fortune worke her will. $w
If none had fled, all for his sake
Had got their pardon free; The king to favour meant to take
His merry men and he. •