Child's, The English And Scottish Ballads

Volume 5 of 8 from 1860 edition - online book

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RESCUING WILL STUTLT.                 289
The sheriff is gone ; his doughty men
Thought it no boot to stay,                           
But, as their master had them taught, They run full fast away.
" 0 stay, O stay," Will Stutly said,
" Take leave ere you depart; You ne'er will catch bold Eobin Hood,            iss
Unless you dare him meet,"
" 0 ill betide you," said Robin Hood,
That you so soon are gone ; My sword may in the scabbard rest,
For here our work is done."                               ho
" I little thought," "Will Stutly said,
" When I came to this place, For to have met with Little John,
Or seen my master's face."
Thus Stutly he was at liberty set,                       
And safe brought from his foe : " 0 thanks, 0 thanks to my master,
Since here it was not so.
" And once again, my fellows dear, Derry, derry down, We shall in the green woods meet,               im
Where we will make our bow-strings twang, Musick for us most sweet."
Hey down, derry, derry down. vol. v.                    19