Child's, The English And Scottish Ballads

Volume 5 of 8 from 1860 edition - online book

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And for joy he had got Robin Hood,
He went laughing all the way.                           «
But as they were riding the forrest along,
The bishop he chanc'd for to see A hundred brave bowmen bold,
Stand under the green-wood tree.
" 0 who is yonder," the bishop then said,             w
" That's ranging within yonder wood ? "
" Marry," says the old woman, "I think it to be A man call'd Robin Hood."
" Why, who art thou," the bishop he said,
" Which I have here with me ? "                       
" Why, I am an old woman, thou cuckoldy bishop; Lift up my leg and see."
" Then woe is me," the bishop he said,
" That ever I saw this day ! " He turn'd him about, but Robin Hood stout «
Call'd him, and bid him stay.
Then Robin took hold of the bishops horse,
And ty'd him fast to a tree; Then Little John smil'd his master upon,
For joy of that company.                                     so
75. Robin, Ritson.