The excerpt represents the core issue or deciding factor on which you must meditate, and is drawn from The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood by Howard Pyle:|
be good friend or no. But let me tell thee, thou stout fellow,
gin thou be a good friend it were well for us both; but gin thou
be no good friend it were ill for thee."
"And whence comest thou, my lusty blade?" quoth Robin.
"I come from Banbury," answered the Tinker.
"Alas!" quoth Robin, "I hear there is sad news this merry morn."
"Ha! Is it indeed so?" cried the Tinker eagerly.
"Prythee tell it speedily, for I am a tinker by trade,
as thou seest, and as I am in my trade I am greedy for news,
even as a priest is greedy for farthings."
"Well then," quoth Robin, "list thou and I will tell, but bear
The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood