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The Death of Robin Hood
W HEN Robin Hood and Little John Doivn a-down, a-doivn, a-doivn Went o'er yon bank of broom, Said Robin Hood bold to Little John, ' We have shot for many a pound Hey, down a-doivn, a-dotun !
II ' But I am not able to shoot one shot more,
My broad arrows will not flee; But I have a cousin lives down below,
Please God, she will bleed me.
' I will never eat nor drink,' he said,
' Nor meat will do me good, Till I have been to merry Kirkleys
My veins for to let blood.
' The dame prior is my aunt's daughter,
And nigh unto my kin ; I know she wo'ld me no harm this day,
For all the world to win.'
' That I rede not,' said Little John,
' Master, by th'assent of me, Without half a hundred of your best bowmen
You take to go with yee.'—
rede] advise.
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