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

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' By my holydame,' the priests repli'd,
' We never a penny have ; For we this morning have been robb'd,
And could no money save.'
' I am much afraid,' said bold Robin Hood,
' That you both do tell a lye ; And now before that you go hence,
I am resolv'd to try.'
When as the priests heard him say so,
They rode away amain ; But Robin betook him to his heels,
And soon overtook them again.
Then Robin Hood laid hold of them both, And pull'd them down from their horse :
' O spare us, friar ! ' the priests cry'd out, ' On us have some remorse ! '
' You said you had no money,' quoth he ;
' Wherefore without delay We three will fall down on our knees,
And for money we will pray.'
The priests they could not him gainsay, But down they kneel'd with speed;
' Send us, O send us,' then quoth they, ' Some money to serve our need ! '
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