Child's, The English And Scottish Ballads

Volume 5 of 8 from 1860 edition - online book

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ROBIN HOODS DELIGHT.                 213
" Why, who are you," cry'd bold Robin,
" That speak so boldly here ? " " We three belong to King Henry,
And are keepers of his deer."
" The devil you are !" sayes Robin Hood, as
" I am sure that it is not so; We be the keepers of this forrest,
And that you soon shall know.
" Come, your coats of green lay on the ground,
And so will we all three,                                       a>
And take your swords and bucklers round,
And try the victory."
" We be content," the keepers said,
" We be three, and you no less, Then why should we be of you afraid,                 85
As we never did transgress ? "
" Why, if you be three keepers in this forrest,
Then we be three rangers good, And will make you know before you do go,
You meet with bold Robin Hood."                   io
" We be content, thou bold outlaw,
Our valour here to try, And will make you know, before we do go,
We will fight before we will fly.