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256 ROBIN HOOD AND THE BEGGAR.
" No meat, nor drink," said Robin Hood then,
" That I come here to crave ; But to get the lives of yeomen three, ss
And that I fain would have."
" That cannot be, thou bold beggar,
Their fact it is so cleer; I tell to thee, they hanged must be,
For stealing of our kings deer." 100
But when to the gallows they did come, There was many a weeping eye:
" 0 hold your peace," said Robin Hood then, " For certainly they shall not dye."
Then Robin he set his horn to his mouth, 105
And he blew out Wastes three, Till a hundred bold archers brave
Came kneeling down to his knee.
" What is your will, master ? "they said,
" We are here at your command:" no
"Shoot east, shoot west," said Robin Hood then, "And see you spare no man."
Then they shot east, then they shot west,
Their arrows were so keen, The sheriffe he, and his companie, us
No longer could be seen.