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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
cccxxvir The Sheriff had his leave i-take,
And went him on his way ; And Robin Hood to green-wood went
Upon a certain day;
cccxxvin And Little John was whole of the arrow,
That shot was in his knee, And did him straight to Robin Hood,
Under the green-wood tree.
CCCXXIX
Robin Hood walked in the forest
Under the leaves green ; The proud Sheriff of Nottingham
Thereof he had great teen.
cccxxx The Sheriff there fail'd of Robin Hood,
He might not have his prey ; Thai he awaited this gentle Knight,
Both by night and day.
CCCXXXI
Ever he waited that gentle Knight,
Sir Richard at the Lee, As he went hawking by the river-side,
And let his hawkes flee.
CCCXXXII
Took he there this gentle Knight,
With men of armes strong, And led him to Nottingham-ward,
Bound both foot and hond.
whole] healed.
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