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AND THE GOLDEN AKROW. 387
By three or four, no less nor more, 95
As they went in came out;
Until they all assembled were
Under the green-wood shade, Where they report, in pleasant sport,
AVhat brave pastime they made. 100
Says Robin Hood, "All my care is,
How that yon sheriff may Know certainly that it was I
That bore his arrow away."
Says Little John, " My counsel good i<*
Did take effect before, So therefore now, if you'll allow,
I will advise once more."
" Speak on, speak on," said Robin Hood,
" Thy wit's both quick and sound, no
I know no man among us can For wit like thee be found."
" This I advise," said Little John;
" That a letter shall be penn'd, And when it is done, to Nottingham us
You to the sheriff shall send."
" That is well advised," said Robin Hood,
" But how must it be sent ? " " Pugh! when you please, 'tis done with ease;
Master, be you content 120
111, 112. Wanting in Eitson; supplied by Gutcb, from a Vork edition.