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A Selection Of The Best English Lyric Ballads Chosen & Edited by Arthur Quiller-Couch

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12?.. Robin Hood and the Widow's
'Three Sons
T HERE are twelve months in all the year, As I hear many men say, But the merriest month in all the year Is the merry month of May.
II
Now Robin Hood is to Nottingham gone,
With a link a dotvn and a day, And there he met a silly old woman,
Was weeping on the way.
ill
i What news ? what news, thou silly old woman ?
What news hast thou for me ?' Said she, ' There 's three squires in Nottingham town
To-day is condemn'd to die.'
IV
' O have they parishes burnt ?' he said,
' Or have they ministers slain ? Or have they robb'd any virgin,
Or other men's wives have ta'en ?'
' They have no parishes burnt, good sir,
Nor yet have ministers slain, Nor have they robbed any virgin,
Nor other men's wives have ta'en.'
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