Child's, The English And Scottish Ballads

Volume 5 of 8 from 1860 edition - online book

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By two and by three he makes them to flee, For he hath no list to stay.
And as he went forth, in a summers morning, Into the forrest of merry Sherwood,             w
To view the red deer, that range here and there, There met he with bold Robin Hood.
As soon as bold Robin he did espy,
He thought some sport he would make,
Therefore out of hand he bid him to stand, is And thus to him he spake :
" Why, what art thou, thou bold fellow,
That ranges so boldly here ? In sooth, to be brief, thou lookst like a thief,
That comes to steal our kings deer.                20
" For I am keeper in this forrest;
The king puts me in trust To look to his deer, that range here and there ;
Therefore stay thee I must."
" If thou beest a keeper in this forrest,              23
And hast such a great command,
Yet thou must have more partakers in store, Before thou make me to stand."
" Nay, I have no more partakers in store, Or any that I do not need ;                             »)
13, did him.