Child's, The English And Scottish Ballads

Volume 5 of 8 from 1860 edition - online book

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Away he went with bold Robin Hood, His horned beasts to behold.
Away then the sheriff and Robin did ride,
To the forrest of merry Sherwood ;                    so
Then the sheriff did say, " God bless us this day From a man they call Robin Hood !"
But when a little farther they came,
Bold Robin he chanced to spy A hundred head of good red deer,                          as
Come tripping the sheriff full nigh.
"How like you my horn'd beasts, good master sheriff?
They be fat and fair for to see ;" " I tell thee, good fellow, I would I were gone,
For I like not thy company."                              100
Then Robin set his horn to-his mouth,
And blew but blasts three ; Then quickly anon there came Little John,
And all his company.
"What is your will, master?" then said Little John, " Good master come tell unto me ; "                  103
" I have brought hither the sheriff of NottingĀ­ham .This day to dine, with thee."