When the day was bright and glorious, in the Sherwood Forest sat Robin Hood, together with many others of the merry band of Robin Hood. Quoth Robin Hood to Little John, "Tis' a bright and sunny day and we shall spend this day gloriously. Choose such men as you will, and may you and I go down these paths, and may we bring back a goodly guest to feast with us this day."
"Marry," cried Little John, "your bidding fitteth me well. I vow that I'll bring you back a goodly guest, else I'll not come back myself."
Therefore, they each went different ways, with such a band as they wished, and went forth. Robin Hood had gone with many merry fellows, and down they skipped on the road, down the road they saw a merry fellow, dressed in indigo from top hat to the very bottom of his shoe soles, and quoth Robin Hood to his band, "I've never to see such a merry fellow, eating and drinking, and merrily singing songs! May we fall into our luck-pot herein."
After saying this, Robin Hood walked up to the fellow in Indigo, and said, "Have you a drop of malmsey and a bite of bread for me this morn'?"
"Aye," quoth the merry fellow, "Dost thou crack my crown, thou shalt have my bread, and mayest thou draw a better gray goose shaft then me, thou shalt thou have mine malmsey."
"Right merrily shall I come," cried Robin Hood, "Prepare thyself." And with this, Robin Hood attacked the man in Indigo and found out that they were evenly matched. After furiously fighting the man, RobinHood found his chance and cracked the man in Indigo on the crown so hard that his ears rung.
"How doth thou liketh that, you brute," crieth Robinhood, "Art thou marry now?"
Then Robinhood and the man in Indigo prepared themselves for the shooting of the gray goose shaft. The man in Indigo shot and the arrow went straight and true until the wind pushed it a barley shaft away from the center. When Robinhood shot, he got the middle straight and true, so that he took off all of the feathers of the other shaft.
"Art thou a devil in green to shoot that well," wondered the man in Indigo.
"What art thou called?" said Robert, for such was his name.
"I am known as Robin Hood," said he, "thou art wondrous with the bow, dost thou want to join my merry band?"
Quoth Robert, "Aye marry, if thou have sayeth that at the beginning, I wouldst have given thou the malmsey and bread straightway."
After drinking the malmsey, and eating the bread, they became good friends and also Robert became Robin Hood's left-hand man.