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ROBIN HOOD AND HIS MEINY
CCCXVI
Boards were laid, and cloths spread,
Readily and anon ; Robin Hood and his merry men
To meat gan they gone.
The Sixth Fytte
How Sir Richard was cast by the Sheriff into Prison, and rescued by Robin Hood
CCCXYII Lithe and listen, Gentlemen,
And hearken to my song; How the proud Sheriff of Nottingham
And men of armes strong
CCCXVIII
Full fast came to the High Sheriff,
The country up to rout, And they beset the Knight's castell,
The walles all about.
CCCXIX
The proude Sheriff loud gan cry, And said, ' Thou traitor Knight,
Thou keep'st here the King's enemies, Against the law and right.'
cccxx ' Sir, I will avow that I have done,
The deeds that here be dight, Upon all the lands that I have.
As I am a true knight.
up to rout] to assemble in a band, to call to arms.          dight]
Hone, performed.
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