Child's, The English And Scottish Ballads

Volume 5 of 8 from 1860 edition - online book

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" I pray thee, Will, before thou dye,                   ios
Of thy dear friends take leave ; I needs must borrow him a while,
How say you, master sheriff ? "
" Now, as I live," the sheriff said,
" That varlet will I know;                                  no
Some sturdy rebel is that same,
Therefore let him not go."
And Little John most hastily
Away cut Study's bands, And from one of the sheriffs men,                       ius
A sword twich'd from his hands.
" Here, Will Study, take thou this same,
Thou canst it better sway ; And here defend thyself awhile,
For aid will come straightway."                        120
And there they turn'd them back to back.
In the midst of them that day, Till Robin Hood approached near,
With many an archer gay.
With that an arrow from them flew,                    125
I-wis from Robin Hood; " Make haste, make haste," the sheriff he said,
" Make haste, for it is not good." 126,1 wist.