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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
XXIV
' I have a horn in my pocket,
I got it from Robin Hood, And still when I set it to my mouth,
For thee it blows little good.'
xxv ' O wind thy horn, thou proud fellow,
Of thee I have no doubt; I wish that thou give such a blast
Till both thy eyes fall out.'
xxvr The first loud blast that he did blow,
He blew both loud and shrill ; A hundred and fifty of Robin Hood's men
Came riding over the hill.
XXVII
The next loud blast that he did give,
He blew both loud and amain ; And quickly sixty of Robin Hood's men
Came shining over the plain.
XXVIII
' O who are yon,' the Sheriff he said,
' Come tripping over the lee ? ' ' They're my attendants,' brave Robin did say,
' They'll pay a visit to thee.'
XXIX
They took the gallows from the slack,
They set it in the glen, They hang'd the proud Sheriff on that,
And releas'd their own three men.
slack] hollow, dell.
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