Child's, The English And Scottish Ballads

Volume 5 of 8 from 1860 edition - online book

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For he sold more meat for one peny
Then others could do for three.                           40
But when he sold his meat so fast,
No butcher by him could thrive ; For he sold more meat for one peny
Than others could do for five.
Which made the butchers of Nottingham             «
To study as they did stand, Saying, " Surely he ' is' some prodigal,
That hath sold his fathers land."
The butchers stepped to jolly Robin,
Acquainted with him for to be;                           so
" Come, brother," one said, " we be all of one trade,
" Come, will you go dine with me ? "
"Accurst of his heart," said jolly Robin,
" That a butcher doth deny ; I will go with you, my brethren true,                    «
As fast as I can hie."
But when to the sheriffs house they came,
To dinner they hied apace, And Robin Hood he the man must be
Before them all to say grace.                               00
" Pray God bless us all," said jolly Robin, "And our meat within this place;