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ROBIN HOOD AND THE BEGGAR. 251
" I am Gamble Gold of the gay green woods, And travelled far beyond the sea; a>
For killing a man in my father's land, From my country I was forced to flee."
" If you are Gamble Gold of the gay green woods,
And travelled far beyond the sea, You are my mother's own sister's son; 55
What nearer cousins then can we be ? "
They sheathed their swords with friendly words,
So merrilie they did agree, They went to a tavern and there they dined,
And bottles cracked most merrilie. eo
ROBIN HOOD AND THE BEGGAE:
Shewing how Robin Hood and the Beggar fought, and how he changed cloaths with the Beggar, and how he went a begging to Nottingham: and how he saved three brethren from being hang'd for stealing of deer. To the tune of Robin Hood and the Stranger.
" From an old black-letter copy in the collection of Anthony a Wood." Ritson's Robin Hood, ii. 126.
The three pieces which follow are all different versions of what is called the Second Part of this ballad.