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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 ALAN A DALE
v
The scarlet he wore the day before,
It was clean cast away; And every step he fetcht a sigh,
' Alack and a well a day !'
VI
Then stepped forth brave Little John,
And Much the miller's son, Which made the young man bend his bow,
When as he saw them come.
VII
' Stand off, stand off!' the young man said,
' What is your will with me ?' ' You must come before our master straight,
Under yon green-wood tree.'
VIII
And when he came bold Robin before,
Robin askt him courteously, ' O hast thou any money to spare,
For my merry men and me ?'
IX
' I have no money,' the young man said,
' But five shillings and a ring; And that I have kept this seven long years,
To have it at my wedding.
x
' Yesterday I should have married a maid,
But she is now from me tane, And chosen to be an old knight's delight,
Whereby my poor heart is slain.'
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