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Robin Hood and the Pedlar

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Robin Hood and the Pedlar

Robin Hood and the Pedlar

A Pedlar bold there chanced to be
He put his pack all on his back
And merrily trudged oer the lea
By chance he met two troublesome blades
Two troublesome blades they chanced to be
And one of them was Robin Hood
The other, Little John so free

(Chorus)
Gentlemen of highborn blood
Gamble Gold and Robin Hood!

"Oh Pedlar, Pedlar, what's in your pack?
Come speedily, and tell to me"
"I've several suits of the gay green silk,
And silken bowstrings two, or three."

"If you've several suits of the gay green silk
And silken bowstrings two or three,
Then, by my body," said Robin Hood,
"Half your pack belongs to me!"

"Oh nay, oh nay," said the Pedlar bold
"Such a thing can never be!
For there's never a man in Nottingham
Can take one half my pack from me!"

Then Little John he drew his sword,
The Pedlar by his pack did stand
They fought til the blood in streams did flow
Till he cried, "Pedlar, hold your hand!"

Then Robin Hood was standing by
And he did laugh most merrily
Saying "Perhaps a man of smaller scale
Could thrash the Pedlar more than thee!"

"Go try, my lord," cried Little John,
"Go and try most speedily!
There's never a man in Nottingham
Can beat the Pedlar, and also me!"

Then Robin Hood he drew his sword
The Pedlar by his pack did stand
They fought till the blood in streams did flow
Till he cried,"Pedlar, hold your hand!"

"Pedlar, Pedlar, what's thy name
Come speedily, and tell to me,
For I am called bold Robin Hood
And Little John,he stands by me!"

I'm Gamble Gold of the Gay GreenWood
I've traveled far beyond the sea
For killing a man in my father's land
And from my country forced to flee"

"If you're Gamble Gold of the Gay Green Wood
Then my cousin you must be"
We'll repair to a tavern near
And bottles crack most merrily!"

note: sing the Chorus after every other verse, or so.

Child #132
recorded by Steeleye Span
AJS
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