Child's, The English And Scottish Ballads

Volume 5 of 8 from 1860 edition - online book

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And after follows bold Robin Hood, And all his yeomen gay.
" Come hither, Tepus," said the king,
" Bow-bearer after me ;                                  re
Come measure me out with this line, How long our mark must be.
" "What is the wager ? " said the queene,
" That must I now know here :" " Three hundred tun of Rhenish wine,              rs
Three hundred tun of beere ;
" Three hundred of the fattest harts
That run on Dallom lee ; That's a princely wager," said the king,
" That needs must I tell thee."                       so
With that bespake one Clifton then,
Full quickly and full soone ; " Measure no markes for us, most soveraigne liege,
Wee'l shoot at sun and moone."
" Ful fifteene score your marke shall be, &
Ful fifteene score shall stand; " The practice of shooting here is alluded to by Cotton, in his Virgile travestie (b. iv.), 1667:
"And arrows loos'd from Grub-street bow, " In Fiksbuet, to him are slow;" and continued till within the memory of persons now living. Kitsoh.