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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 WIDOW'S THREE SONS
XII
' Come change thy apparel with me, old churl, Come change thy apparel with mine ;
Here are twenty pieces of good broad gold, Go feast thy brethren with wine.'
XIII
Then he put on the old man's hat,
It stood full high on the crown : ' The first bold bargain that I come at,
It shall make thee come down.'
XIV
Then he put on the old man's cloak, Was patch'd black, blue, and red ;
He thought no shame, all the day long, To wear the bags of bread.
xv Then he put on the old man's breeks,
Was patch'd from ballup to side ; ' By the truth of my body,' bold Robin can say,
' This man lov'd little pride ! '
XVI
Then he put on the old man's hose, Were patch'd from knee to wrist;
' By the truth of my body,' said bold Robin Hood, ' I'd laugh if I had any list.'
XVII
Then he put on the old man's shoes, Were patch'd both beneath and aboon ;
Then Robin Hood swore a solemn oath, ' It's good habit that makes a man !'
ballup] front, or flap.        list] inclination, desire for it.
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