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238 KOBIN HOOD AND THE SHEPHERD.
ROBIN HOOD AND THE SHEPHERD.
Shewing how Robin Hood, Little John, and the Shepherd fought a sore combate.
The shepherd fought for twenty pound, and Kobin for bottle
and bag, But the shepherd stout gave them the rout, so sore they
could not wag.
Tune is, Robin Hood and Queen Katherine.
" From two old black-letter copies, one of them in the collection of Anthony a Wood, the other in that of Thomas Pearson, Esq.," [now in the British Museum.] Ritson's Robin Hood, ii. 55.
The same story, with verbal coincidences, serves for the first part of King Alfred and the Shepherd.
All gentlemen and yeomen good,
Down, a down, a down, a down, I wish you to draw near; For a story of gallant bold Robin Hood Unto you I will declare. Down, Sfc.
As Robin Hood walkt the forrest along,            s
Some pastime for to spie, There he was aware of a jolly shepherd,
That on the ground did lie.
" Arise, arise," cried jolly Robin,
" And now come let me see                            10







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