Child's, The English And Scottish Ballads

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EOBIN HOOD AND THE TANNER. 223
And so ever after, as long as he liv'd, Altho' he was proper and tall,
Yet, nevertheless, the truth to express, Still Little John they did him call.
ROBIN HOOD AND THE TANNER;
OB, EOBIN HOOD MET WITH HIS MATCH.
A merry and pleasant song relating the gallant and fierce combat fought between Arthur Bland, a tanner of Nottingham, and Robin Hood, the greatest and most noblest archer of England. Tune is, Robin Hood and the Stranger.
Ritson's Robin Hood, ii. 33, from an old black-letter copy in the collection of Anthony & Wood.
There is a copy with a few unimportant variations in A Collection of Old Ballads, i. 83, from which a single reading has been admitted.
In Nottingham there lives a jolly tanner,
With a hey down, down, a down, down,
His name is Arthur-a-Bland ; There is nere a squire in Nottinghamshire,
Dare bid bold Arthur stand.
With a long pike-staff upon his shoulder, « So well he can clear his way;







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