Child's, The English And Scottish Ballads

Volume 5 of 8 from 1860 edition - online book

Home Main Menu Singing & Playing Order & Order Info Support Search Voucher Codes




Share page  Visit Us On FB



Previous Contents Next
380                   THE KINGS DISGUISE.
They shewed such brave archery
By cleaving sticks and wands, That the king did say, such men as they
Live not in many lands.
" Well, Robin Hood," then says the king, 105
" If I could thy pardon get, To serve the king in every thing
Wouldst thou thy mind firm set ? "
" Yes, with all my heart," bold Robin said,
So they flung off their hoods;                            110
To serve the king in every thing,
They swore they would spend their bloods.
" For a clergyman was first my bane,
"Which makes me hate them all; But if you will be so kind to me,                           115
Love them again I shall."
The king no longer could forbear,
For he was mov'd with ruth, " Robin," said he, " I'll now tell thee
The very naked truth.                                           120
" I am the king, thy sovereign king,
That appears before you all: " When Robin saw that it was he,
Strait then he down did fall.
" Stand up again," then said the king,                 us
" I'll thee thy pardon give ;
119,120. Wanting in Eitson; supplied by Gntch.







E-Book - An Annotated Compendium of Old Time American Songs by James Alverson III