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THE BIRTH OF ROBIN HOOD
XVII
And mony ane sings o' grass, o' grass, And mony ane sings o' corn,
And mony ane sings o' Robin Hood Kens little whare he was born.
XVIII
It wasna in the ha', the ha',
Nor in the painted bovver; But it was in the gude green-wood,
Amang the lily-flower.
114. Adam Bell, Clym of the doughy and William of Cloudesley
Fytte the First
I
M ERY it was in the grene foreste Amonge the leves grene, Wheras men hunt east and west Wyth bowes and arrowes kene;
11 To raise the dere out of theyr denne j
Suche sightes hath ofte bene sene; As by thre yemen of the north countrey,
By them it is I meane.
in The one of them hight Adam Bell,
The other Clym of the Clough, The thyrd was Wyllyam of Cloudesley,
An archer good ynough.
Clym of the Clough] Clement of the Clift. 468
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