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EOBIN HOOD AND MAID MARIAN. 373
With kisses sweet their red lips did meet,
For she and the earl did agree ; In every place, they kindly embrace,
With love and sweet unity. ao
But fortune bearing these lovers a spight,
That soon they were forc'd to part, To the merry green-wood then went Robin Hood,
With a sad and sorrowfull heart.
And Marian, poor soul, was troubled in mind, 25
For the absence of her friend; With finger in eye, shee often did cry,
And his person did much comend.
Perplexed and vexed, and troubled in mind,
She drest herself like a page, so
And ranged the wood, to find Robin Hood, The bravest of men in that age.
With quiver and bow, sword, buckler, and all,
Thus armed was Marian most bold, Still wandering about, to find Robin out, 35
Whose person was better then gold.
But Robin Hood, hee himself had disguis'd,
And Marian was strangly attir'd, That they prov'd foes, and so fell to blowes,
Whose vallour bold Robin admir'd. *>
They drew out their swords, and to cutting they went, At least an hour or more,