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ROBIN HOOD AND THE TINKER. 233
But Eobin Hood perceiving well
How then the game would go, " If you would go to Nottingham, 55
"We shall find him I know."
The tinker had a crab-tree staff, Which was both good and strong ;
Robin hee had a good strong blade,
So they went both along. 60
And when they came to Nottingham,
There they both tooke their inn ; And there they called for ale and wine,
To drink it was no sin.
But ale and wine they drank so fast, 65
That the tinker hee forgot What thing he was about to do ;
It fell so to his lot,
That while the tinker fell asleep,
Eobin made then haste away, 70
And left the tinker in the lurch,
For the great shot to pay.
But when the tinker wakened,
And saw that he was gone, He call'd then even for his host, ra
And thus he made his moan: