Child's, The English And Scottish Ballads

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38                    KOBTN AND GANDELYN.
" He is welcome to me," then said Little John, " I hope he will honestly pay ;                          m
I know he has gold, if it be but well told, Will serve us to drink a whole day."
Then Eobin took his mantle from his back,
And laid it upon the ground : And out of the sheriffs portmantle                         "5
He told three hundred pound.
Then Kobin he brought him thorow the wood,
And set him on his dapple gray; " 0 have me commended to your wife at home ; "
So Robin went laughing away.                           120
This interesting ballad (derived from a manuscript of the 15th century,) belongs to the cycle of Eobin Hood, as Mr. Wright remarks, " at least by its sub­ject, if not by the person whose death it celebrates." It was first printed by Ritson in his Ancient Songs and Ballads, (i. 81,) and has been again printed by Mr. Wright in a little black-letter volume of Songs and Carols (No. X); from which we take our copy.
The similarity of the name Gandclyn to the Game-lyn of the Cook's Tale, attributed to Chaucer, and the affinity of that story to the Robin Hood ballads, are