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ROBIN HOOD AND GUY OF GISBORNE
XXIV
'Good morrowe, good fellowe,' sayd Robin so fayre, ' Good morrowe, good fellow,' quoth he :
I  Methinkes by this bowe thou beares in thy hande
A good archere thou sholdst bee.'
xxv
' I am wilfull of my waye,' quo' the yeman,
' And of my morning tyde.' ' I'le lead thee through the wood,' sayd Robin ;
' Good fellow, I'le be thy guide.'
XXVI
'I  seeke an outlawe,' the straunger sayd, ' Men call him Robin Hood ;
Rather I'ld meet with that proud outlawe, Than fortye pound of go'd.'
XXVII
' If you two met, it wold be seene
Whether were better man : But let us under the leves grene
Some other pastime plan.
XXVIII
' Let us some other masteryes make
Among the woods so even. Wee may chance meet with Robin Hood
Here att some unsett steven.'
XXIX
They cutt them downe two summer shroggs,
That grew both under a breere, And sett them threescore rood in twinne
To shoot the prickes y-fere
wilfull] astray.        tyde] time of day.        masteryes] trials of
skill. unsett steven] time not appointed. shroggs] shrubs, threescore rood in twinne] sixty rods apart.         prickes] marks.
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