Child's, The English And Scottish Ballads

Volume 5 of 8 from 1860 edition - online book

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" And other accoutrements fit for a man ;               ion
Speak up, jolly blade, never fear. I'll teach you also the use of the bow,
To shoot at the fat fallow-deer."
" 0 here is my hand," the stranger reply'd,
" I'll serve you with all my whole heart; no
My name is John Little, a man of good mettle ; Ne'er doubt me, for I'll play my part."
" His name shall be alter'd," quoth "William Stutely,
" And I will his godfather be ; Prepare then a feast, and none of the least, ns
For we will be merry," quoth he.
They presently fetch'd in a brace of fat does, With humming strong liquor likewise ;
They lov'd what was good ; so, in the green-wood, This pretty sweet babe they baptize.                 120
He was, I must tell you, but seven foot high,
And, may be, an ell in the waste ; A pretty sweet lad; much feasting they had ;
Bold Robin the christ'ning grac'd,
With all his bowmen, which stood in a ring, 125 And were of the Nottingham breed;
Brave Stutely comes then, with seven yeomen, And did in this manner proceed.