Child's, The English And Scottish Ballads

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From Ritson's Robin Hood, ii. 192.
Printed by Copland at the end of his edition of the Lytell Geste. The whole title runs: Here begin-nethe the playe of Robyn Hoode, very proper to be played in Maye games. A few corrections were made by Ritson from White's edition of 1634.
The fragment here preserved is founded upon the ballads of Robin Hood and the Curtail Fryer, (p. 271,) and Robin Hood and the Potter (p. 17.) Were the whole play recovered, we should probably find it a pot pourri of the most favorite stories of Robin Hood.
Now stand ye forth, my mery men all,
And harke what I shall say;
Of an adventure I shal you tell,
The which befell this other day.
As I went by the hygh way,
With a stout frere I met,
And a quarter-staffe in his hande.
Lyghtely to me he lept,
And styll he bade me stande.
There were strypes two or three,                        is
But I cannot tell who had the worse,
But well I wote the horeson lept within me,
And fro me he toke my purse.
Is there any of my mery men all,