Child's, The English And Scottish Ballads

Volume 5 of 8 from 1860 edition - online book

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" Therefore fall on, or else be gone,
And yield to us the day : It never shall be said that we are afraid
Of thee, nor thy yeomen gay."
" If that be so," cries bold Robin, " Let me but know your names,
And in the forrest of merry Sheerwood, I shall extol your fames."
" And with our names," one of them said,
" "What hast thou here to do ? Except that thou wilt fight it out,
Our names thou shalt not know."
" "We will fight no more," sayes bold Robin, " You be men of valour stout;
Come and go with me to Nottingham, And there we will fight it out.
" With a but of sack we will bang it about,
To see who wins the day; And for the cost, make you no doubt
I have gold enough to pay.
" And ever hereafter, so long as we live,
We all will brethren be ; For I love these men with heart and hand,
That will fight and never flee."