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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
CCCLI
Robin started to the Knight.
And cut in two his band, And took him in his hand a bow,
And bade him by him stand.
CCCLII ' Leave thy horse thee behind,
And learne for to ren ; Thou shalt with me to greene-wood,
Through mire, moss, and fen.
CCCLIII
' Thou shalt with me to greene-wood,
Without any leasing, Till that I have got us grace
Of Edward, our comely King.'
The Seventh Fytte
How the King rode out to punish Robin Hood, and how he was entertained
CCCLIV
The King came to Nottingham,
With knights in great array, For to take that gentle Knight
And Robin, if he may.
CCCLV
He asked men of that country
After Robin Hood, And eke after that gentle Knight
That was so bold and good.
took] gave,
ren] run.
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