Child's, The English And Scottish Ballads

Volume 5 of 8 from 1860 edition - online book

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170            THE BIRTH OF ROBIN HOOD.
" The following ballad was taken down by the Ed­itor from the recitation of Mrs. Brown, and is here given without the alteration of a single word."—Jamie-son, Popular Ballads, ii. 44.
Another version of the same is printed in the Ap­pendix from Buchan's collections.
O "Willie's large o' limb and lith,
And come o' high degree ; And he is gone to Earl Richard
To serve for meat and fee.
Earl Richard had but ae daughter,                     s
Fair as a lily flower ; And they made up their love-contract
Like proper paramour.
It fell upon a simmers nicht,
Whan the leaves were fair and green, 10 That Willie met his gay ladie
Intil the wood alane.
" 0 narrow is my gown, Willie,
That wont to be sae wide ; And gane is a' my fair colour,                            is
That wont to be my pride.