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A Selection Of The Best English Lyric Ballads Chosen & Edited by Arthur Quiller-Couch

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ROBYN AND GANDELYN
XVI
' Now shalt thu never yelpe, Wrennok,
At ale ne at wyn, That thu hast slawe goode Robyn,
And his knave Gandeleyn,
XVII
' Now shalt thu never yelpe, Wrennok,
At wyn ne at ale, That thu hast slawe goode Robyn,
And Gandeleyn his knave.' Robyn lyth in grcne ivode lowndyn.
, The Birth of Robin Hood
i
O WILLIE 's large o' limb and lith, And come o' high degree, And he is gane to Earl Richard, To serve for meat and fee. II Earl Richard had but ae daughter,
Fair as a lily-flower, And they made up their love-contract Like proper paramour, in It fell upon a simmer's nicht,
Whan the leaves were fair and green, That Willie met his gay ladie Intil the wood alane.
IV
' O narrow is my gown, Willie, That wont to be sae wide ; . And gane is a' my fair colour, That wont to be my pride.
yelpe] brag. lith] joint.
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