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ROBIN HOOD AND THE CURTAL FRIAR
v ' God's blessing on thy heart,' said Robin Hood,
' That hath [shot] such a shot for me ; I would ride my horse an hundred miles,
To finde one could match with thee.'
VI
That caus'd Will Scadlock to laugh, He laugh'd full heartily :
' There lives a curtal friar in Fountains Abbey
Will beat both him and thee.
VII
That curtal friar in Fountains Abbey
Well can a strong bow draw ; He will beat you and your yeomen, Set them all on a row.'
VIII
Robin Hood took a solemn oath,
It was by Mary free, That he would neither eat nor drink
Till the friar he did see.
IX
Robin Hood put on his harness good,
And on his head a cap of steel, Broad sword and buckler by his side,
And they became him weel.
x He took his bow into his hand, It was made of a trusty tree, With a sheaf of arrows at his belt, To the Fountains Dale went he.
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