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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
The Fifth Fytte
How at Archery in Nottingham Robin Hood was treacherously attacked, but escaped into Sir Richard's Castle
CCLXXXI
Now hath the Knight his leave i-take,
And went him on his way ; Robin Hood and his merry men
Dwelt still full many a day.
CCLXXXII
Lithe and listen, Gentlemen,
And hearken what I shall say, How the proud Sheriff of Nottingham,
Did cry a full fair play ;
CCLXXXIII
That all the best archers of the North
Should come upon a day, i And he that shooteth alder-best
The game shall bear away.
CCLXXXIV
' He that shooteth alder-best,
Furthest, fair, and law, At a pair of fynly butts,
Under the green-wood shaw,
CCLXXXV
' A right good arrow he shall have,
The shaft of silver white, The head and feathers of rich red gold, In England is none like.'
alder-best] best of all. 1225
law] low. T
fynly] goodly. 545
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