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THE KINGS DISGUISE. 379
Within himself the king did say,
" These men of Robin Hoods More humble be than mine to me; n
So the court may learn of the woods."
So then they all to dinner went,
Upon a carpet green ; Black, yellow, red, finely mingled,
Most curious to be seen. so
"Venison and fowls were plenty there,
With fish out of the river: King Richard swore, on sea or shore,
He never was feasted bettor.
Then Robin takes a cann of ale: as
" Come, let us now begin ; And every man shall have his cann;
Here's a health unto the king."
The king himself drank to the king,
So round about it went; 90
Two barrels of ale, both stout and stale,
To pledge that health was spent.
And after that, a bowl of wine
In his hand took Robin Hood; " Until I die, I'll drink wine," said he, ss
" While I live in the green-wood.
" Bend all your bows," said Robin Hood,
And with the grey goose-wing Such sport now show, as you would do
In the presence of the king." 100