Child's, The English And Scottish Ballads

Volume 5 of 8 from 1860 edition - online book

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" We be yemen of this foreste,
Under the grene wode tre ; We lyve by our kynges dere,                               95
Other shyft have not we.
" And ye have chyrches and rentes both,
And gold full grete plente ; Gyve us some of your spendynge,
For saynt Charyte."                                           100
Than bespake our eumly kynge,
Anone than sayd he, " I brought no more to grene wode,
But forty pounde with me.
" I have layne at Notyngham,                             105
This fourtynyght with our kynge,
And spent I have full moche good, On many a grete lordynge.
" And I have but forty pounde,
No more than have I me;                              110
But yf I had an hondred pounde,
I would geve it to the."
Robyn toke the forty pounde,
And departed it in two partye, Halfendell he gave his mery men,                    iu
And bad them mery to be.
96. Under the grene wode tre, W. 112. I vouche it halfe on the, W.