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A LITTLE GESTE OF ROBIN HOOD
Yet he was beguiled, i-wis,
Through a wicked woman, The prioress of Kirksley,
That nigh was of his kin,
For the love of a knight,
Sir Roger of Doncaster, That was her own special ;
Full evil might they fare !
CCCCLIII They took together their counsel
Robin Hood for to sle, And how they might best do that deed,
His banis for to be.
Then bespake good Robin,
In place where as he stood, ' To-morrow I must to Kirksley,
Craftily to be letten blood.'
Sir Roger [and the prioress
A springe for him did] lay, And there they betray'd good Robin Hood,
Through their false play.
Christ have mercy on his soul,
That died upon the rood ! For he was a good outlaw,
And did poor men much good.
banis] bane, destruction. craftily] skilfully. springe] trap. 574