Child's, The English And Scottish Ballads

Volume 5 of 8 from 1860 edition - online book

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which was from an Aberdeen copy in the Ashmolean Museum, without date.—(Gutch's Robin Hood, ii. 233.) Robin Hood and the Beggar, with the nine pieces which are now immediately subjoined, the first part of the tenth, (which has the same title as the present,) and the first part of Robin Hood and the Stranger, in the Appendix, contains a story essentially the same with the first part of the ancient ballad of Robin Hood and the Potter, p. 17.
Lyth and listen, gentlemen, That's come of high born blood,
I'll tell you of a brave booting That befel Robin Hood.
Robin Hood upon a day,                                  «
He went forth alone; And as he came from Barnesdale
Into fair evening,
He met a beggar on the way,
"Who sturdily could gang;                           10
He had a pike-staff in his hand
That was baith stark and Strang.
A clouted cloak about him was,
That held him frae the cold ; The thinnest bit of it, I guess,                       w
Was more then twenty fold.
His meal-pock hang about his neck, Into a leathern fang,