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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 THE MONK
xc Thus endys the talkyng of the munke
And Robyn Hode i-wysse ; God, that is ever a crowned kyng,
Bryng us all to his blisse!
118. Robin Hood and the Curtal Friar
But hoiv many months be in the year ?
There are thirteen, I say ; The midsummer moon is the merry est of all
Next to the merry month of May.
I
I N summer time, when leaves grow green, And flowers are fresh and gay, Robin Hood and his merry men Were [aiij disposed to play.
II Then some would leap, and some would run,
And some use artillery : ' Which of you can a good bow draw,
A good archer to be ?
in ' Which of you can kill a buck ?
Or who can kill a doe ? Or who can kill a hart of grease,
Five hundred foot him fro ? '
IV
Will Scadlock he kill'd a buck,
And Midge he kill'd a doe, And Little John kill'd a hart of grease3
Five hundred foot him fro.
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