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412 ROBIN HOOD AND THE STRANGER.
" Whose grisly looks, and eyes like brands,
Strike terrour where they come, With serpents hissing on their helms,
Instead of feathered plume. go
" The princess shall be the victor's prize,
The king hath vow'd and said, And he that shall the conquest win,
Shall have her to his bride.
" Now we are four damsels sent abroad, 65
To the east, west, north, and south, To try whose fortune is so good
To find these champions forth.
" But all in vain we have sought about, For none so bold there are to
That, dare adventure life and blood, To free a lady fair."
" When is the day ? " quoth Robin Hood,
" Tell me this and no more:" " On Midsummer next," the dam'sel said, 75
" Which is June the twenty-four."
With that the tears trickled down her cheeks,
And silent was her tongue : With sighs and sobs she took her leave,
Away her palfrey sprung. so
The news struck Robin to the heart,
He fell down on the grass; His actions and his troubled mind
Shew'd he perplexed was.