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AND THE VALIANT KNIGHT. 389
Therefore they called a council of state, t
To know what was best to be done
For to quell their pride, or else they reply'd The land would be over-run.
Having consulted a whole summers day,
At length it was agreed 10
That one should be sent to try the event, And fetch him away with speed.
Therefore a trusty and most worthy knight
The king was pleas'd to call, Sir William by name ; when to him he came, is
He told him his pleasure all.
" Go you from hence to bold Robin Hood,
And bid him, without more ado, Surrender himself, or else the proud elf
Shall suffer with all his crew. 20
" Take here a hundred bowmen brave,
All chosen men of great might, Of excellent art to take thy part,
In glittering armour most bright."
Then said the knight, " My sovereign liege, 25
By me they shall be led; I'll venture my blood against bold Kobin Hood,
And bring him alive or dead."
One hundred men were chosen straight, As proper as e'er men saw: so
On Midsummer-day they march'd away, To conquer that brave outlaw.