Child's, The English And Scottish Ballads

Volume 5 of 8 from 1860 edition - online book

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They were ware on the roade of three peddlers with loade,
For each one had his packe, Full of all wares for countrie faires,                          h
Trust up upon his backe.
A good oke staffe, a yard and a halfe,
Each one had in his hande ; And they were all boune to Nottingham toune,
As you shall understand.                                             20
" Yonder I see bolde peddlers three,"
Said Robin to Scarlett and John ; " Wele search their packes upon their backes
Before that they be gone.
" Holla, good fellowes ! " quod Robin Hood, a
" Whether is it ye doe goe ? Now stay and rest, for that is the best,
'Tis well you should doe so."
" Noe rest we neede, on our roade we speede, Till to Nottingham we get:"                                   »>
" Thou tellst a lowde lye," said Robin, " for I Can see that ye swinke and swet."
The peddlers three crosst over the lee,
They did not list to fight: " I charge ye tarrie," quod Robin, " for marry, 35
This is my owne land by right.