Child's, The English And Scottish Ballads

Volume 5 of 8 from 1860 edition - online book

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328                      LITTLE JOHX, ETC.
But what found he in the beggars bag, But three hundred pound and three ?
" If I drink water while this doth last, Then an ill death may I dye.
" And my begging trade I will now give ore, ta
My fortune hath bin so good; Therefore He not stay, but I will away
To the forrest of merry Sherwood."
And when to the forrest of Sherwood he came, He quickly there did see                                      ro
His master good, bold Robin Hood, And all his company.
""What news? What news?" then said Robin Hood,
" Come, Little John, tell unto me ; How hast thou sped with thy beggers trade ? «
For that I fain would see."
" No news but good," said Little John, " With begging ful wel I have sped;
Six hundred and three I have here for thee, In silver and gold so red.                                      so
Then Robin took Little John by the hand,
And danced about the oak tree : " If we drink water while this doth last,
Then an il death may we die."