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him, and then dance in his boots for their amusement as long as he was able. This and other tricks caused the Bishop of Ely, who was a great man when the King was away, to go with a number of soldiers to take him, and he attacked Robin Hood in the forest ; but Robin and his men won the fight, and the bishop was obliged to fly. This reaching the King's ears on his return from the war, he said he would go himself and see if he could subdue this famous Robin Hood; but, liking adventures, he went in disguise as a moak, and so did those who went with him. When Robin met them, he took the King for an abbot, and the others for monks in his company; so he seized the King's horse by the bridle, and said that the traveller and all his party were prisoners, and must come with him, and stay until their friends sent a ransom that they might be set free. The monks and abbots often led very lazy lives, eating and drinking of the best, and caring more for amusement than for their duty. So Robin told the King, whom he supposed to be a monk, plainly that
he had a spite against all such as abbots, who lived in pomp and pride, and therefore he must away with him into the wood; but the King ansivered that they were messengers whom the King, who was not far off, had sent to say that they wished to speak with him. And Robin said he loved the King, and would do anything for him, and as they were the King's messengers, they should be well treated. Then he took them into the wood, and blowing his horn, a hundred and ten of his men came and knelt down before him, which made the King wonder, and he said to his followers that it was a finer sight than could be seen at Court. Robin then told his men to display their skill in the sports of the forest for the amusement of the King's messengers, and to do it as if it were to please the King himself. They did so many wonderful things, and so many brave things, that the King declared such men could not be found elsewhere. Robin then set his visitors down to a splendid feast of venison, fowls, and fish, with plenty of ale and wine, and they were all very merry together. Then Robin took a tankard of wine, and said they must all drink the health of the King. When they had done so, the King among the rest, Robin's men all cheered so loudly that even the King was astonished. So he said to Robin that they all seemed very fond of the King, and would be fine fellows to serve him if they could but get his pardon. Robin replied that they would, and would serve him truly, for there was no man they loved so much as the King. So the King thought within himself that it would be a good thing to have such men in his service as Robin and his followers appeared to be; and he made up his mind to pardon them the offences they had committed in killing his deer, and in living a lawless life in the forest. Suddenly, therefore, to the great surprise of all, he stood up among them, and threw off his disguise, and Robin and his men koelt down before him and asked for pardon. The King said they should be pardoned all they had done if Robin would leave the forest and go
and live with him at Court. So Robin went and lived among the knights and barons who stood around the King in the great halls of his palace; and many of his men were with him. And the King was proud of showing their skill in archery, and the wonderful things they could do with the bow and arrow, when guests came from foreign lands, or on holidays for the people. But Robin Hood only stayed
with the King for a year; but he grew weary of the Court, and pined for his merry greenwood and merry companions; so he begged of the King to let him go back, and the King
So he went back, and lived the same life as he had done before until he was an old man.
One day, being unwell, he said to his old friend Little John, “We have shot many a pound, but I am not able to shoot one shot more, my arrows will not flee." He said that he felt so ill that he must go to his cousin at Kirkley IIall, that she might bleed him. Now, Robin's cousin was not a good woman; yet, when he arrived at the IIall, she pretended to be very kind, and begged that he would have some wine; but Robin said that he would neither eat nor drink until she bled him. So she led him to a private room, and when she had bled him, slie locked him in the room and left him alone. Now, this was a very wicked thing to do. About the middle of the next day, poor Robin, finding that no one came near him, knew that all was not right; so he thought he might escape by the window, but he was so weak and ill that he could not jump down. He then thought of his horn ; so he blew three blasts, and although they were very weak, still they were strong enough to be heard by his constant and kind friend Little John, who soon broke the locks open, and was quickly at his master's side.
“O master, grant me a boon!” said Little John.
“A boon, a boon," cries Little John,
“Master, I beg of thee.”
"Little John, thou begg'st of me?"
“That I may burn this fair Kirkley Hall for the injury that has been done to you, my kind master,” replied Little John.
Then Robin answered, “No, I have never injured a woman in my life, nor man in woman's company, and I will not do so now.”
This was right of Robin, who, although he had been an outlaw, knew how to RETURN GOOD FOR EVIL..
Feeling himself dying, he asked for his bow and arrows, and begged Little John to prop him up, that he might shoot one arrow more before he died. And when he had shot it through the window, he said they were to bury him where it fell; that they were to lay a green sod under his head, and that as in life the greensward had been his pillow so it should be likewise in death. And he particularly asked that his grave should be so dug that he might “ have length and breadth enough,” for this bold Robin had been used to have a wide domain, and the will wood had been his hall. And as they placed a sod under his head, they should put