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A TRUE TALE OF EOBIN HOOD. 371
And none durst neare unto them come, .
Unlesse in courtesie; All such he bravely would send home. us
With mirth and jollity.
Which courtesie won him such love,
As I before have told, 'Twas the cheef cause that he did prove
More prosperous than he could. <m
Let us be thankefull for these times
Of plenty, truth, and peace; And leave out great and horrid crimes,
Least they cause this to cease.
■ I know there's many fained tales «a
Of Robbin Hood and 's crew; But chronicles, which seldom fayles, Reports this to be true.
Let none then thinke this is a lye,
For, if 'twere put to th' worst, 470
They may the truth of all discry
P th' raigne of Richard the first.
If any reader please to try,
As I direction show, The truth of this brave history, m
Heell find it true I know.
And I shall think my labour well
Bestowed to purpose good, When't shall be said that I did tell
True tales of Robbin Hood. isa