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LITTLE JOHN AND THE FOUR BEGGERS.
" From an old black-letter copy in the collection of Anthony h Wood: the full title being, A new merry song of Robin Hood and Little John, shewing how Little John went a begging, and how he fought with the four beggers. The tune is, Robin Hood and the Begger." Ritson's Robin Hood, ii. 132.
All you that delight to spend some time,
With a hey down, down, a down, down,
A merry song for to sing, Unto me draw neer, and you shall hear
How Little John went a begging.
As Robin Hood walked the forest along, s
And all his yeomandree, Sayes Robin, " Some of you must a begging go,
And, Little John, it" must be thee."
Sayes John, " If I must a begging go, I will have a palmers weed, 10
With a staff and a coat, and bags of all sort, The better then I may speed.
" Come, give me now a bag for my bread, And another for my cheese,