Child's, The English And Scottish Ballads

Volume 5 of 8 from 1860 edition - online book

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Ritson's Robin Hood, II. 13.
" From an old black-letter copy in the collection of Anthony a Wood. It is there said to go 'To the tunc of Bold Robin Hood;' and the chorus is repeated in every stanza To the above title are added the follow­ing doggerel lines:—
Where hee met with fifteen forresters all on a row, And hee desired of them some news for to know, But with crosse-grain'd words they did him thwart, For which at last hee made them smart."
One or two corrections made by Gutch from copies in the Roxburghe collection have been admitted.
Robin Hood he was a tall young num. Derry, derry down, And fifteen winters old ; And Robin Hood he was a proper young man, Of courage stout and bold.
Hey down, derry, derry down.
Robin Hood hee would unto fair Nottingham, * With the general for to dine ;
1, and he; 5, and to, Ritson.