Child's, The English And Scottish Ballads

Volume 5 of 8 from 1860 edition - online book

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Yet it doth not you beseme To doe an old man scorne."
" I scorne thee not, old man," says Robin,
" By the faith of my body ; Doe of thy clothes, thou shalt have mine,           
For it may noe better be."
But Robin did on the old mans hose,
The were torn in the wrist; " When I looke on my leggs," said Robin,
" Then for to laugh I list."                                  is
But Robin did on the old mans shoes,
And the were chitt full cleane ; " Now by my faith," says Little John,
" These are good for thornes keene."
But Robin did on the old mans cloake,                  20
And it was torne in the necke ; " Now by my faith," said "William Scarlett,
" Heere shold be set a specke."
But Robin did on the old mans hood,
Itt goggled on his crowne;                                    25
" "When I come into Nottingham," said Robin,
" My hood it will lightly downe.
8. By proposing, that is, to make an exchange of clothes, the bargain being so much to the advantage of the old man. Jamieson.
27, i.e. I shall easily bare my head, in reverence to the sheriff, &c.