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414 EOBIN HOOD AND THE STRANGEK.
Now they are on their journey gone,
As fast as they may speed, Yet for all their haste, ere they arrivM, in
The princess forth was led,
To be deliver'd to the prince,
Who in the list did stand, Prepar'd to fight, or else receive
His lady by the hand. 120
With that he walk'd about the lists,
With giants by his side : " Bring forth," said he, " your champions,
Or bring me forth my bride.
" This is the four and twentieth day, 125
The day prefixt upon : Bring forth my bride, or London burns,
I swear by Alcaron."
Then cries the king, and queen likewise, Both weeping as they spake, iro
" Lo! we have brought our daughter dear, Whom we are forc'd to forsake."
With that stept out bold Kobin Hood,
Crys, " My liege, it must not be so; Such beauty as the fair princess iss
Is not for a tyrant's mow."
The prince he then began to storm,
Cries, " Fool, fanatick, baboon ! How dare you stop my valour's prize ?
I'll kill thee with a frown." wo