Child's, The English And Scottish Ballads

Volume 5 of 8 from 1860 edition - online book

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" God speed, God speed," said Robin Hood, 25 " "What countryman ? tell to me:"
" I am Yorkshire, sir; but, ere you go far, Some charity give unto me."
" Why, what wouldst thou have ? " said Robin Hood,
" I pray thee tell unto me:"                       'so
" No lands nor livings," the beggar he said,
" But a penny for charitie."
" I have no money," said Robin Hood then, " But [am] a ranger within the wood;
I am an outlaw, as many do know,                     ss
My name it is Robin Hood.
" But yet I must tell thee, bonny beggar, That a bout with [thee] I must try;
Thy coat of gray, lay down I say,
And my mantle of green shall lye by." *)
" Content, content," the beggar he cry'd,
" Thy part it will be the worse ; For I hope this bout to give thee the rout,
And then have at thy purse."
So the beggar he had a mickle long staffe, « And Robin had a nut-brown sword;
46, he had.