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KOBIN HOOD AND THE STRANGEK. 413
"Where lies your grief? " quoth Will Scadldck, 85
O master, tell to me: If the damsel's eyes have pierc'd your heart,
I'll fetch her back to thee."
" Now nay, now nay," quoth Robin Hood, •
'' She doth not cause my smart; so
But 'tis the poor distress'd princess, That wounds me to the heart.
" I'll go fight the giants all
To set the lady free :" " The devil take my soul," quoth Little John, as
" If I part with thy company."
" Must I stay behind? " quoth Will Seadldck,
" No, no, that must not be; I'le make the third man in the fight,
So we shall be three to three." 100
These words cheer'd Robin to the heart,
Joy shone within his face; Within his arms he hugged them both,
And kindly did imbrace.
Quoth he, " We'll put on motley gray, los
And long staves in our hands, A scrip and bottle by our sides,
As come from the holy land.
" So may we pass along the high-way,
None will ask from whence we came, no
But take us pilgrims for to be,
Or else some holy men."