Child's, The English And Scottish Ballads

Volume 5 of 8 from 1860 edition - online book

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ROBIN HOOD AND THE TANNER. 225
But I have a staff of another oke graff, I know it will do the deed.
" For thy sword and thy bow I care not a straw,
Nor all thine arrows to boot; If thou get'st a knop upon the bare scop, 35
Thou canst as well she as shoote."
" Speak cleanly, good fellow," said jolly Robin,
"And give better terms to me ; Else He thee correct for thy neglect,
And make thee more mannerly.                      40
" Marry gep with a wenion! " quod Arthur-all land,
"Art thou such a goodly man ? I care not a fig for thy looking so big ;
Mend thou thyself where thou can."
Then Robin Hood he unbuckled his belt, 45
And laid down his bow so long ; He took up a staff of another oke graff,
That was both stiff and strong.
" I'le yield to thy weapon," said jolly Robin, " Since thou wilt not yield to mine ;              «
For I have a staff of another oke graff, Not half a foot longer then thine.
35. I get. Eitson. VOL. V.                      15







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