Child's, The English And Scottish Ballads

Volume 5 of 8 from 1860 edition - online book

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Ritson's Robin Bood, ii. 61.
" From an old blaek-letter copy in the collection of Anthony a Wood: corrected by a much earlier one in the Pepysian library, printed by H. Gosson, about the year 1610 ; compared with a later one in the same collection. The full title is: The famous battell be-tweene Robin Hood and the Curtail Fryer. To a new Northern tune."
In summer time, when leaves grow green,
And flowers are fresh and gajr, Robin Hood and his merry men
"Were disposed to play.
Then some would leape, and some would runne, »
And some would use artillery; " Which of you can a good bow draw,
A good archer for to be ?
" Which of you can kill a bucke,
Or who can kill a doe ?                                        w
Or who can kill a hart of greece
Five hundreth foot him fro ? "