Child's, The English And Scottish Ballads

Volume 5 of 8 from 1860 edition - online book

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Queen Katherine answered bold Robin again, " The king is gone to merry Sherwood :
And when he went away, to me he did say, ts He would go and seek Robin Hood."
" Then fare you well, my gracious queen,
For to Sherwood I will hye apace; For fain would I see what he would with me,
If I could but meet with his grace."                     so
But when king Henry he came home,
Full weary, and vexed in mind, And that he did hear Robin had been there,
He blamed dame Fortune unkind.
" You're welcome home," queen Katherin cryed, as
" Henry, my soveraign liege ; Bold Robin Hood, that archer good,
Your person hath been to seek."
But when king Henry he did hear,
That Robin had been there him to seeke, s» This answer he gave, " He's a cunning knave,
For I have sought him this whole three weeks."
" A boon ! a boon ! " queen Katherin cry'd,
" I beg it here of your grace ;— To pardon his life, and seek not strife,"                    &
And so endeth Robin Hoods chase. 73, Robin Hood.