Child's, The English And Scottish Ballads

Volume 5 of 8 from 1860 edition - online book

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When the sheriffe see gentle Robin wold shoote, si
He held up both his hands, Says, " Aske, good Robin, and thou shalt have,
Whether it be house or land."
" I will neither have house nor land," said Robin, " Nor gold, nor none of thy fee,                        «s
But I will have those 3 squires, To greene forest with mee."
"Now'marry, gods forbott," said the sheriffe,
" That ever that shold be, Ffor why, they be the kings felons;                       »
They are all condemned to dye."
" But grant me my askynge," said Robin,
" Or by the faith of my body, Thou shalt be the first man
Shall flower this gallow tree."                            «
But I will . . 3 squires cetera desunt.
63, by me.