Child's, The English And Scottish Ballads

Volume 5 of 8 from 1860 edition - online book

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FRAGMENT OF AN INTERLUDE, &C. 429
is not to be doubted but that many of subsequent songs are compiled from old ballads wrote in the time, or soon after Kobin Hood, with alterations from time to time into the more modern language. Mr. Le Neve (Norroy) has a large half-sheet of paper which was taken from the inside of some old book, which preserves in an old hand a fragment of this sort. On the back of it is wrote, among other accounts, this, ' It™, R. S. of Richard Whitway, penter for his house, sent in full payment, jx. s., the vij. day of November, Edw'd iij. xv.'; and in a later hand as follows."
" Syr Sheryffe, for thy sake Robyn Hode wull y take." I wyll the gyffe golde and fee, This beheste thow holde me.
" Robyn Hode ffayre and fre,                            «
Undre this lynde shote we."
With the shote y wyll,
Alle thy lustes to fullfyll.
" Have at the pryke,"
And y cleve the styke.                                     w
" Late us caste the stone,"
I grante well, be Seynte John.
" Late us caste the exaltre,"
Have a foote before the.
Syr knyght, ye have a falle.                            11
"And I the, Robyn, qwyte shall.
Owte on the, I blewe my home,
Hitt ware better be unborne."
" Let us fight at oltrance.
"He that fleth, God gyfe hym myschaunce." 20