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200 EOBIN HOOD AND THE BEGGAK.
By that good Robin would not know
That they had gotten coin ; It would content him for to show
That there they had him slain.
They said, " False carl, soon have done,
And tell forth thy money ; For the ill turn that thou hast done
'Tis but a simple fee.
" And yet we will not have thee back,
Come after what so may, If thou will do that which thou spake,
And make us present pay."
0 then he loos'd his clouted cloak, And spread it on the ground,
And thereon laid he many a pock, Betwixt them and the wind.
He took a great bag from his hase,
It was near full of meal, Two pecks in it at least there was,
And more I wot full well.
Upon his cloak he laid it down, The mouth he open'd wide,
To turn the same he made him bown, The young men ready spy'd.