Child's, The English And Scottish Ballads

Volume 5 of 8 from 1860 edition - online book

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. For Robin Hood disguised himself, And from the wood is gone.
Like to a fryer, bold Robin Hood
Was accoutered in his array ;                         10
With hood, gown, bedes, and crucifix,
He past upon the way.
He had not gone miles two or three,
But it was his chance to spy Two lusty priests, clad all in black,                   u
Come riding gallantly.
" Benedicite," then said Robin Hood,
" Some pitty on me take ; Cross you my hand with a silver groat,
For our dear ladies sake.                                 to
" For I have been wandring all this day,
And nothing could I get; Not so much as one poor cup of drink,
Nor bit of bread to eat."
" Now, by our dame," the priests repli'd, 25
We never a penny have ; For we this morning have been rob'd,
And could no money save."
" I am much afraid," said bold Robin Hood, That you both do tell a lie ;                             so
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