Child's, The English And Scottish Ballads

Volume 5 of 8 from 1860 edition - online book

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The story of the second part is found again in Robin Hood and the Butcher, and, with considerable differ­ences, in the third fit of the Lytell Geste.
It is in the disguise of a potter that the Saxon Here-ward penetrates into the Norman court, and that Eustace the Monk eludes the vengeance of the Count of Boulogne. Eustace also drew his enemy into an ambush by nearly the same stratagem which Bobin employs to entice the sheriff of Nottingham into the forest. (See the romances abridged in "Wright's Es­says, ii. 108, 133, 135, 184.)
In schomer, when the leves spryng,
The bloschems on every bowe, So merey doyt the berdys syng
Yn wodys merey now.
Herkens, god yemen,                                            s
Comley, corteysse, and god, On of the best that yever bar bou,
Hes name was Eoben Hode.
Eoben Hood was the yemans name,
That was boyt corteys and fre ;                      10
For the loffe of owr ladey, All wemen werschep he.
Bot as the god yemen stod on a day,
Among hes mery maney, He was war of a prowd potter,                          i'
Cam dryfyng owyr the ley.
MS. 6, cortessey. 12, ye. 16, lefe.