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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
CCCCXXXIII
Robin had dwelt in the Kinges court But twelve months and three,
That he had spent an hundred pound, And all his mennes fee.
ccccxxxiv In every place where Robin came,
Evermore he laid down Both for knightes and for squires,
To get him great renown.
ccccxxxv By then the year was all agone
He had no man but twain, Little John and good Scathelock
With him all for to gane.
ccccxxxvi Robin saw the young men shoot
Full far upon a day ; ' Alas !' then said good Robin Hood,
' My wealth is went away.
ccccxxxvn ' Sometime I was an archer good,
A stiff and eke a strong ; I was counted the best archer
That was in merry Englond.
CCCCXXXVIII
' Alas!' then said good Robin Hood,
6 Alas and well-a-way ! If I dwell longer with the King.
Sorrow will me slay.'
laid down] spent money.        By then] by the time that.
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