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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
CLXXVI
Also they took the good pence, Three hundred pound and three;
And did them straight to Robin Hood, Under the green-wood tree.
CLXXVII
I  God thee save, my dear master,
And Christ thee save and see ! ' And then said Robin to Little John, ' Welcome might thou be ;
CLXXVIII
' And also be that fair yeoman Thou bringest there with thee.
What tidings from Nottingham Little John, tell thou me?'
CLXXIX
'Well thee greeteth the proud Sheriff,
And send thee here by me His cook and his silver vessel,
And three hundred pound and three.'
CLXXX
'I  make mine avow to God,' said Robin' ' And to the Trinity,
It was never by his good will, This good is come to me.'
CLXXXI
Little John him there bethought,
On a shrewed wile, Five mile in the forest he ran,
Him happed at his will.
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