Child's, The English And Scottish Ballads

Volume 5 of 8 from 1860 edition - online book

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Then Robin Hood put his horn to his mouth,
And blew blasts two or three; When four and twenty bowmen bold
Came leaping over the lee.                                    s>
And when they came into the church-yard,
Marching all on a row, The first man was Allin a Dale,
To give bold Robin his bow.
" This is thy true love," Robin he said,             as
" Young Allin, as I hear say ; And you shall be married at this same time,
Before we depart away."
" That shall not be," the bishop he said,
" For thy word shall not stand ;                      90
They shall be three times askt in the church, As the law is of our land."
Robin Hood pull'd off the bishops coat,
And put it upon Little John ; " By the faith of my body," then Robin said, 93
This cloth does make thee a man."
When Little John went into the quire,
The people began to laugh ; He askt them seven times in the church,
Lest three times should not be enough. 100