Child's, The English And Scottish Ballads

Volume 5 of 8 from 1860 edition - online book

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Some say hee brake ribs one or two,
And some say hee brake three;                          »)
The arrow within the hart would not abide,
But it glanced in two or three.
The hart did skip, and the hart did leap,
And the hart lay on the ground; " The wager is mine," said bold Robin Hood, 35
" If t were for a thousand pound."
" The wager's none of thine," then said the for-resters,
" Although thou beest in haste; Take up thy bow, and get thee hence,
Lest wee thy sides do baste."                              «
Robin Hood he took up his noble bow,
And his broad arrows all amain ; And Robin Hood he laught, and begun to smile,
As hee went over the plain.
Then Robin Hood he bent his noble bow,            «
And his broad arrowes he let flye, Till fourteen of these fifteen forresters
Upon the ground did lye.
He that did this quarrel first begin
Went tripping over the plain;                            s>
But Robin Hood he bent his noble bow,
And hee fetcht him back again.