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ROBIN HOOD AND THE STRANGER. 409
"With a good fat buck, which Will Scadl6ck With his strong bow had slain.
ent ballad: although constantly printed as an independent article, under the title of Robin Hood, WiU Scadlock, and IAtr tie John; Or, a narrative of their victories obtained against the prince of Aragon and the two giants; and how WUl Scad-lock married the princess. Tune of Robin Hood; or, Hey down, down, a down.11 Instead of which, in all former editions, are given the following incoherent stanzas, which have all the appearance of being the fragment of a quite different ballad:
Then bold Robin Hood to the north he would go,
With valour and mickle might, With sword by his side, which oft had been tri'd,
To fight and recover his right.
The first that he met was a bonny bold Scot,
His servant he said he would be: " No," quoth Eobin Hood, " it cannot be good,
For thou wilt prove false unto me.
" Thou hast not been true to sire nor cuz."
" Nay, marry," the Scot, he said, " As true as your heart, He never part,
Gude master, be not afraid."
Then Eobin turned his face to the east,
" Fight on, my merry men stout; Our cause is good," quod brave Robin Hood,
" And we shall not be beaten out."
The battel grows hot on every side,
The Scotchman made great moan: Quoth Jockey, " Gude faith, they fight on each side,
Would I were with my wife Joan! "
The enemy compast brave Robin about,
'Tis long ere the battel ends; Ther's neither will yield, nor give up the field,
For both are supplied with friends.