Child's, The English And Scottish Ballads

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298 KOBIN HOOD AND THE BISHOP.
ROBIN HOOD AND THE BISHOP.
Kitson's Robin Hood, ii. 22.
Shewing how Robin Hood went to an old woman's house and changed cloaths with her to scape from the bishop ; and how he robbed the bishop of all his gold, and made him sing a mass. To the tune of Robin Hood and the Stranger.
" From an old black-letter copy in the collection of Anthony a Wood." '
Two trifling corrections have been made from the copy in Old Ballads, 1723, (ii. 39,) which is very nearly the same.
Come, gentlemen all, and listen awhile,
Hey down, down, an a down,
And a story He to you unfold ; He tell you how Robin Hood served the bishop,
When he robbed him of his gold.
As it fell out on a sun-shining day,                         s
When Phoebus was in his prime, Then Robin Hood, that archer good,
In mirth would spend some time.
And as he walk'd the forrest along,
Some pastime for to spy,                                     »







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