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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 GUY OF GISBORNE
XXX
' Leade on, good fellowe,' quoth Robin Hood.
' Leade on, I doe bidd thee.' ' Nay by my faith, good fellowe,' hee sayd,
' My leader thou shalt bee.'
XXXI
The first good shoot that Robin led,
He mist but an inch it fro': The yeoman he was an archer good,
But he cold ne'er shoote soe.
XXXII
The second shoote had the wight yeman,
He shote within the garlande : But Robin he shott far better than hee,
For he clave the good pricke wande.
XXXIII
' God's blessing upon thy heart! ' he sayd;
' Good fellowe, thy shooting is goode ; For an thy hart be as good as thy hand,
Thou wert better than Robin Hood.'
XXXIV
'Now tell me thy name, good fellowe,' sayd he.
' Under the leaves of lyne.' 'Nay by my faith,' quoth good Robin,
' Till thou have told me thine.'
xxxv ' I dwell by dale and downe,' quoth hee,
' And Robin to take I'me sworne ; And when I am called by my right name
I am Guy of good Gisborne.'
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