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406 ROBIN HOOD AND THE STRANGER.
Or with my fist, be sure of this, He give thee buffets sto.'
"Thou had'st not best buffet me," quod Kobin Hood,
" For though I seem forlorn, Yet I have those will take my part, 35
If I but blow my horn."
" Thou wast not best wind thy horn," the stranger said,
" Beest thou never so much in haste, For I can draw out a good broad sword,
And quickly cut the blast." *o
Then Robin Hood bent a very good bow,
To shoot, and that he would fain ; The stranger he bent a very good bow,
To shoot at bold Robin again.
" Hold thy hand, hold thy hand," quod Robin Hood, «
" To shoot it would be in vain; For if we should shoot the one at the other,
The one of us may be slain.
" But let's take our swords and our broad bucklers,
And gang under yonder tree: " so
" As I hope to be sav'd," the stranger said,
« One foot I will not flee."
Then Robin Hood lent the stranger a blow, 'Most scar"d him out of his wit: