of him; how that the Sheriff had a mind to serve the King's warrant upon this same rogue, though little would he mind warrant of either king or sheriff, for he was far from being a law-abiding man.
Now by the bright eyes of Nan o' the Mill, and by mine own name and that's Wat o' the Crabstaff, and by mine own mother's son, and that's myself, will I, even I, Wat o' the Crabstaff, meet this same sturdy rogue, and gin he mind not the seal of our glorious sovereign King Harry, and the warrant of the good Sheriff of Nottinghamshire, I will so bruise, beat, and bemaul his pate that he shall never move finger or toe again
Ay, marry," said the messenger, "thou art a brave lad; but our good Sheriff hath offered fourscore angels of bright gold to whosoever shall serve the warrant upon Robin Hood; though little good will it do.
Ay, let' me but meet this same Robin Hood, and let me see whether he will not mind the King's warrant.
Within my pouch I have a warrant, all fairly written out on parchment, forsooth, with a great red seal for to make it lawful.
Thou hadst better watch thy warrant, man, or else he may steal it out of thy very pouch.
Fourscore bright angels hath the Sheriff promised me if I serve the warrant upon the knave's body, and ten of them will I give to thee if thou showest me him.
Ay, that will I," quoth Robin, "but show me thy warrant, man, until I see whether it be good or no.
No man shall see my warrant till I serve it upon yon fellow's own body.
Then Robin Hood laughed aloud and quickly took the warrant from out the Tinker's pouch with his deft fingers.
Well, well,' says my governess, 'that's none of my business; if it was, I warrant
I should find there was something of that kind in it; your modest men in common opinion are sometimes no better than other people, only they keep a better character, or, if you please, are the better hypocrites.