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ROBIN HOOD AND THE BEGGAH. 199
He said, " Brave gentlemen, be good,
And let the poor man be ; no
When ye have taken a beggar's blood, It helps you not a flea.
"It was but in my own defence,
If he hath gotten skaith ; But I will make a recompense, i«
Much better for you baith.
" If ye will set me safe and free,
And do me no danger, An hundred pounds I will you give,
And much more good silver, iso
" That I have gather'd this many years,
Under this clouted cloak, And hid up [wonder] privately,
In bottom of my pock."
The young men to a council yeed, 155
And let the beggar gae ; They wist full well he had no speed
From them to run away.
They thought they would the money take, Come after what so may; ieo
And then they would not bring him back, But in that place him slay.
153, wonder. Kitson.