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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
XI
' What is thy name ?' then said Robin Hood,
' Come tell me, without any fail.' ' By the faith of my body,' then said the young man, ' My name it is Alan a Dale.'
XII
' What wilt thou give me,' said Robin Hood,
' In ready gold or fee, To help thee to thy true-love again,
And deliver her unto thee ?'
XIII
' I have no money,' then quoth the young man,
No ready gold nor fee, But I will swear upon a book Thy true servant for to be.'
XIV
' But how many miles to thy true-love ?
Come tell me without any guile.' ' By the faith of my body,' then said the young man,
' It is but five little mile.'
xv Then Robin he hasted over the plain,
He did neither stint nor lin, Until he came unto the church
Where Alan should keep his wedding.
XVI
' What dost thou do here ? ' the Bishop he said,
' I prithee now tell to me : ' 'lama bold harper,' quoth Robin Hood,
' And the best in the north countrey.'
lin] stop. 6iS
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