Child's, The English And Scottish Ballads

Volume 5 of 8 from 1860 edition - online book

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Shewing how he was taken ill, and how he went to his cousin at Kirkley-hall, who let him blood, which was the cause of his death. Tune of Robin Hood's last farewel, Sfc.
"This very old(?)and curious piece is preserved solely in the editions of Robin Hood's Garland printed at York, (or such as have been taken from them,) where it is made to conclude with some foolish lines, (adopted from the London copy of Robin Hood and the Valiant Knight,) in order to introduce the epitaph. It is here given from a collation of two different copies, containĀ­ing numerous variations, a few of which are retained in the margin." Ritson's Robin Hood, ii. 187.
"When Robin Hood and Little John,
Down a down, a down, a down. Went o'er yon bank of broom, Said Robin Hood to Little John, " We have shot, for many a pound : Hey down, a down, a down.
" But I am not able to shoot one shot more, t
My arrows will not flee j But I have a cousin lives down below,
Please God, she will bleed me."