Child's, The English And Scottish Ballads

Volume 5 of 8 from 1860 edition - online book

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THE THREE SQUIRES.                    267.
They took the gallows from the slack,
They set it in the glen, They hang'd the proud sheriff on that,                   ns
Releas'd their own three men.
" This song, and its tune, as the editor is informed by his ingenious friend, Edward Williams, the Welsh bard, are well known in South Wales, by the name of Marchog Glas, i. e. Green Knight. Though apparent­ly ancient, it is not known to exist in black letter, nor has any better authority been met with than the com­mon collection of Aldermary-churchyard." Ritson's Robin Hood, ii. 216.
Bold Robin Hood ranging the forrest all round,
The forrest all round ranged he, 0 there did he meet with a gay lady,
She came weeping along the highway.
" Why weep you, why weep you ? " bold Robin he said,                                                                    «
" What, weep you for gold or fee ? Or do you weep for your maidenhead,
That is taken from your body ? "