Robin Hood has left Maid Marian, Friar Tuck, Little John, and all his merry men to hunt the deer and make ready the feast.
So some make ready the bower, the tables and the seats, while Maid Marian, Little John and others set out to hunt.
But Maid Marian only scolds the more, and at last goes away leaving the others in sad bewilderment.
Meanwhile the real Maid Marian discovers that the venison has been sent away to Mother Maudlin's.
When Mother Maudlin comes to thank Maid Marian for her present, she is told that no such present was ever intended, and so she in anger curses the cook, casting spells upon him:
Robin soon meets Mother Maudlin who has again taken the form of Maid Marian.
Sweet was the greenwood as he walked along its paths, and bright the green and rustling leaves, amid which the little birds sang with might and main: and blithely Robin whistled as he trudged along, thinking of Maid Marian
and her bright eyes, for at such times a youth's thoughts are wont to turn pleasantly upon the lass that he loves the best.