Child's, The English And Scottish Ballads

Volume 5 of 8 from 1860 edition - online book

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" It is to burn fair Kirkley-hall, And all their nunnery."
" Now nay, now nay," quoth Robin Hood, " That boon I'll not grant thee ;
I never hurt woman in all my life, Nor man in woman's company.
" I never hurt fair maid in all my time,
Nor at my end shall it be; But give me my bent bow in my hand,
And a broad arrow I'll let flee; And where this arrow is taken up,
There shall my grave, digg'd be.
" Lay me a green sod under my head,
And another at my feet; And lay my bent bow by my side,
Which was my music sweet; And make my grave of gravel and green,
"Which is most right and meet.
" Let me have length and breadth enough, With under my head a green sod ;
That they may say, when I am dead, Here lies bold Robin Hood."
69, burnt. This stanza is omitted in one edition. 67, 68. With verdant sods most neatly put,
Sweet as the green-wood tree. 1i. With a groen sod under my head, Eitson.