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226 ROBIN HOOD AND THE TANNER.
" But let me measure," said jolly Robin,
" Before we begin our fray ; For He not have mine to be longer than thine, a
For that will be counted foul play."
" I pass not for length," bold Arthur reply'd,
" My staff is of oke so free; Eight foot and a half, it will knock down a calf,
And I hope it will knock down thee." eo
Then Robin could no longer forbear;
He gave him such a knock, Quickly and soon the blood came down,
Before it was ten a clock.
Then Arthur he soon recovered himself, g> And gave him such a knock on the crown,
That from every side of bold Robin Hoods head, The blood came trickling down.
Then Robin raged like a wild boar,
As soon as he saw his own blood ; ro
Then Bland was in hast, he laid on so fast, As though he had been cleaving of wood.
And about, and about, and about they went,
Like two wild bores in a chase ; Striving to aim each other to maim, w
Leg, arm, or any other place.