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A TKUE TALE OF ROBIN HOOD. 361.
Therefore he arm'd five hundred men,
With furniture compleate; But the outlawes slewe halfe of them,
And made the rest retreate. iso
The long bow and the arrow keene
They were so us'd unto, That still he kept the forrest greene
In spite o' th' proudest foe.
Twelve of the abbots men he tooke, i&»
Who came him to have ta'ne, When all the rest the fie]d forsooke ;
These he did entertaine
With banquetting and merriment,
And, having us'd them well, 190
He to their lord them safely sent,
And will'd them him to tell,
That if he would be pleas'd at last
To beg of our good king That he might pardon what was past, 195
And him to favour bring,
He would surrender backe again
The money which before Was taken by him and his men
From him and many more. a»
Poore men might safely passe by him,
And some that way would chuse, For well they knew that to helpe them
He evermore did use.