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

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ROBIN HOOD AND HIS MEINY
XXIII
His hood hang'd in his eyen two ;
He rode in simple array ; A sorrier man than he was one
Rode never in summer day.
XXIV
Little John was full courteous,
And set him on his knee ; ' Welcome be ye, gentle Knight,
Welcome are ye to me.
XXV
( Welcome be thou to greene wood.
Hende Knight and free ; My master hath abiden you fasting
Sir, all these houres three.'
XXVI
' Who is thy master ?' said the Knight.
John said, ' Robin Hood.' ' He is a good yeoman,' said the Knight,
' Of him I have heard much good.
XXVII
' I grant,' he said, ' with you to wend,
My brethren, all in fere ; My purpose was to have dined to-day
At Blyth or Doncastere.'
XXVIII
Forth then went this gentle Knight,
With a careful cheer; The tears out of his eyen ran,
And fell down by his leer.
And set him, &c] and knelt down.           Hende] gracious,
fere] company.               Blyth] near E. Retford.              careful
cheer] sad countenance.            leer] cheek.
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