Child's, The English And Scottish Ballads

Volume 5 of 8 from 1860 edition - online book

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He met two priests upon the way, And forced them with him to pray; For gold they prayed, and gold they had, Enough to make bold Robin glad. His share came to four hundred pound, That then was told upon the ground; Now mark, and you shall hear the jest, You never heard the like exprest.
Tune is, Robin Hood was a tall young man, $•<:.
" This ballad (given from an old black-letter copy in the collection of Anthony a Wood) was entered, amongst others, in the Stationers' book, by Francis Coule, 13th June, 1631, and by Francis Grove, 2nd June, 1656." Ritson's Robin Hood,ii. 101.
This piece is printed in A Collection of Old Ballads, ii. 121, with some variations.
I hate heard talk of bold Robin Hood, Derry, derry down,
And of brave Little John, Of Fryer Tuck, and Will Scarlet,
Loxley, and maid Marion.
But such a tale as this before                              *
I think was never knone;