Hubert, who, as victor in the first trial of skill, had the right to shoot first, took his aim with great deliberation, long measuring the distance with his eye, while he held in his hand his bended bow, with the arrow placed on the string.
interrupted John , ``shoot, knave, and shoot thy best, or it shall be the worse for thee
He began to peel this with great composure, observing at the same time, that to ask a good woodsman to shoot at a target so broad as had hitherto been used, was to put shame upon his skill.
If this yeoman can cleave that rod, I give him the bucklers or rather, I yield to the devil that is in his jerkin, and not to any human skill; a man can but do his best, and I will not shoot where I am sure to miss.
Now the archers prepared to shoot again, each with some little care.
You are a curious fellow enough," said the Sheriff, biting his lip coldly; "yet you shoot well.
The best fellows are to have places with the King's Foresters, and the one who shoots straightest of all will win for prize a olden arrow--a useless bauble enough, but just the thing for your lady love, eh, Rob my boy?
Yet I have seen Johnston shoot these twenty years, and I will not flinch from it.
I take it unkindly of thee, Samkin, that thou shouldst call all eyes thus upon a broken bowman who could once shoot a fair shaft.
I see something," answered Johnston, shading his eyes with his hand; "but it is a very long shoot.
I pray you to draw a flight shaft with all your strength down the valley, that we may see the length of your shoot.
It is in my mind that I can beat this shoot, if my bow will but hold together.