Child's, The English And Scottish Ballads

Volume 5 of 8 from 1860 edition - online book

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Therefore I'le provide thy person to hide,            a
And keep thee from thy foes."
" Then give me soon thy coat of grey, And take thou my mantle of green ;
Thy spindle and twine unto me resign,
And take thou my arrows so keen."                 *)
And when Robin Hood was thus araid,
He went straight to his company, With his spindle and twine, he oft lookt behind
For the bishop and his company.
" 0 who is yonder," quoth Little John,                 «
" That now comes over the lee ? An arrow I will at her let flie,
So like an old witch looks she."
"0 hold thy hand, hold thy hand," said Robin Hood then,
" And shoot not thy arrows so keen;                 so
I am Robin Hood, thy master good,
And quickly it shall be seen."
The bishop he came to the old womans house,
And called with furious mood, " Come let me soon see, and bring unto me, «
That traitor Robin Hood."
The old woman he set on a milk-white steed, Himselfe on a dapple gray ;