The Oxford Book of Ballads - online book

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

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A LITTLE GESTE OF
cccx And there dwelt that gentle Knight,
Sir Richard at the Lee, That Robin hadde lent his good,
Under the green-wood tree.
cccxr In he took good Robin,
And all his company : ' Welcome be thou, Robin Hood,
Welcome art thou to me ,
cccxil ' And much I thank thee of thy comfort,
And of thy courtesy, And of thy great kindness,
Under the green-wood tree ;
CCCXIII
' I love no man in all this world
So much as I do thee ; For all the proud Sheriff of Nottingham,
Right here shalt thou be.
cccxiv ' Shut the gates and draw the bridge,
And let no man come in, And arm you well, and make you ready,
And to the walls ye win.
cccxv ' For one thing, Robin, I thee behote,
I swear by Saint Quintin, These twelve days thou wonest with me,
To sup, eat, and dine.'
win] go, attain.         behote] promise.          wonest] dwellest.
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