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ROBIN HOOD AND THE CURTAL FRIAR
XI
And coming unto Fountain[s] Dale,
No further would he ride ; There was he aware of a curtal friar,
Walking by the water-side.
XII
The friar had on a harness good, And on his head a cap of steel,
Broad sword and buckler by his side, And they became him weel.
XIII
Robin Hood lighted off his horse,
And tied him to a thorn : ' Carry me over the water, thou curtal friar,
Or else thy life 's forlorn.'
XIV
The friar took Robin Hood on his back,
Deep water he did bestride, And spake neither good word nor bad,
Till he came at the other side.
xv
Lightly leapt Robin Hood off the friar's back 5
The friar said to him again, ' Carry me over this water, fine fellow,
Or it shall breed thy pain.'
XVI
Robin Hood took the friar on 's back,
Deep water he did bestride, And spake neither good word nor bad,
Till he came at the other side.
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