Child's, The English And Scottish Ballads

Volume 5 of 8 from 1860 edition - online book

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Now Robin is to fair Kirkley gone,
As fast as he can win ;                                     w
But before he came there, as we do hear, He was taken very ill.
And when that he came to fair Kirkley-hall,
He knock'd all at the ring, But none was so ready as his cousin herself 13
For to let bold Robin in.
" Will you please to sit down, cousin Robin," she said,
" And drink some beer with me ? " " No, I will neither eat nor drink,
Till I am blooded by thee."                              20
" Well, I have a room, cousin Robin," she said,
" Which you did never see, And if you please to walk therein,
You blooded by me shall be."
She took him by the lilly-white hand,               a
And led him to a private room, And there she blooded bold Robin Hood,
Whilst one drop of blood would run.
She blooded him in the vein of the arm,
And lock'd him up in the room ;                    so
20. Till I blood letted be. 24. You blood shall letted be. «6, let, Ritson.