Child's, The English And Scottish Ballads

Volume 5 of 8 from 1860 edition - online book

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And now before you do go hence, I am resolv'd to try."
When as the priests heard him say so,
Then they rode away amain; But Eobin Hood betook to his heels,                 *
And soon overtook them again.
Then Robin Hood laid hold of them both, And pull'd them down from their horse :
" 0 spare us, fryer!" the priests cry'd out, " On us have some remorse !"                       
" You said you had no mony," quoth he,
" Wherefore, without delay, We three will fall down on our knees,
And for mony we will pray."
The priests they could not him gainsay, « But down they kneeled with speed;
" Send us, O send us," then quoth they, " Some money to serve our need."
The priests did pray with a mournful chear, Sometimes their hands did wring;                 no
Sometimes they wept, and cried aloud, Whilst Robin did merrily sing.
When they had been praying an hours space, The priests did still lament; vol. v.                      20