Child's, The English And Scottish Ballads

Volume 5 of 8 from 1860 edition - online book

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" My name, by the roode, is Robin Hood,
And this is Scarlett and John ; It is three to three, ye may plainelie see,
Soe now, brave fellowes, laye on."
The first peddlers blowe brake Robins bowe, «
That he had in his hand; And Scarlett and John, they eche had one
That they unneath could stand.
" Now holde your handes," cried Robin Hood, " For ye have oken staves ;                                 ro
But tarie till wee can get but three, And a fig for all your braves."
Of the peddlers the first, his name Kit o Thirske,
Said, " We are well content; " So eche tooke a stake for his weapon, to make re
The peddlers to repent.
Soe to it they fell, and their blowes did ring well
Uppon the others backes ; And gave the peddlers cause to wish
They had not cast their packes.                                so
Yet the peddlers three of their blowes were so free,
That Robin began for to rue ; And Scarlett, and John, had such loade laide on,
It made the sunne looke blue.