Child's, The English And Scottish Ballads

Volume 5 of 8 from 1860 edition - online book

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EOBIST HOODS DELIGHT.                211
The forester ne'er was so merry before, As then he was with these brave souls,
Who never would fail, in wine, beer, or ale, To take oiF their cherishing bowls.
Then Robin Hood gave him a mantle of green, ss Broad arrows, and curious long bow :
This done, the next day, so gallant and gay, He marched them all on a row.
Quoth he, " My brave yeomen, be true to your trust,
And then we may range the woods wide : " oo They all did declare, and solemnly swear,
They would conquer, or die by his side.
Ok, a merry combat fought between Robin Hood, Little John, and Will Scareloek, and three stout keepers in Sheerwood Forrest.
Robin was valiant and stout,
So was Scarelock and John in the field, But these keepers stout did give them rout,
And make them all for to yield. But after the battel ended was,
Bold Eobin did make them amends, For claret and sack they did not lack,
So drank themselves good friends.