Child's, The English And Scottish Ballads

Volume 5 of 8 from 1860 edition - online book

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"Hold thy hand, hold thy hand," said bold Robin Hood,
" And my merry men stand aside ; For this is one of the best pinders,
That with sword ever I tryed.                         a>
" And wilt thou forsake thy pinders craft, And go to the greenwood with me ?
Thou shalt have a livery twice in the year, Th' one greene, 'tither brown shall be."
" At Michaelmas next my cov'nant comes out, as When every man gathers his fee,
Then He take my blew blade all in my hand, And plod to the green-wood with thee."
" Hast thou either meat or drink," said Eobin Hood, " For my merry men and me ?                      «
" I have both bread and beef," said the pinder,
" And good ale of the best: " " And that is meat good enough," said Robin Hood,
For such unbidden ' guest.'
29. 30. This is the reading in one blaok-letter copy that has come under the Editor's notice, instead of " For this is one of the best pinders That ever I tried with sword."—Gutch. 33, 34. From the same.