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

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ccccx Robin beheld our comely King
Wistly in the face, So did Sir Richard at the Lea,
And knelt down in that place.
And so did all the wild outlaws, When they saw them kneel:
" My lord the King of Engeland, Now I know you weel! '
ccccxn ' Mercy then, Robin,' said our King,
' Under your trystell-tree, Of thy goodness and thy grace,
For my men and me ! '
' Yes, 'fore God,' said Robin Hood,
' And also God me save !
I ask mercy, my lord the King,
And for my men I crave.'
' Yes, 'fore God,' then said our King,
8 And thereto sent I me, With that thou leave the greene-wood,
And all thy company ;
' And come home, sir, unto my court,
And there dwell with me.' ' I make mine avow to God,' said Robin, ' And right so shall it be.
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