Child's, The English And Scottish Ballads

Volume 5 of 8 from 1860 edition - online book

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THE WIDOWS THREE SONS.             263
Nor have they robbed any virgin,
Nor with other men's wives have lain."            20
" O what have they done ? " said Eobin Hood,
" I pray thee tell to me:" " It's for slaying of the king's fallow deer,
Bearing their long bows with thee."
"Dost thou not mind, old woman," he said, 25 " Since thou made me sup and dine ?
By the truth of my body," quoth bold Robin Hood, " Tou could not tell it in better time."
Now Robin Hood is to Nottingham gone,
With a link a down and a day,                           m
And there he met with a silly old palmer, "Was walking along the highway.
" "What news ? what news, thou silly old man ?
What news, I do thee pray ? " Said he, " Three squires in Nottingham town 35
Are condemn'd to die this day."
" Come change thy apparel with me, old man, Come change thy apparel for mine ;
Here is forty shillings in good silver,
Go drink it in beer or wine."                              *>
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