Child's, The English And Scottish Ballads

Volume 5 of 8 from 1860 edition - online book

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THE NOBLE FISHERMAN.                 329
So to conclude my merry new song,                      ss
All you that delight it to sing, 'Tis of Robin Hood, that archer good,
And how Little John went a begging.
Shewing how he won a prize on the sea, and how he gave the one halfe to his dame, and the other to the building of ahnes-houses. The tune is, In summer time, etc.
" From three old black-letter copies; one in the collection of Anthony a Wood, another in the British Museum, and the third in a private collection." Rit-son's Robin Hood, ii. 114.
In summer time, when leaves grow green,
When they doe grow both green and long,— Of a bold outlaw, call'd Robin Hood, . It is of him I do sing this song,—
When the lilly leafe, and the eglantine,                  s
Doth bud and spring with a merry cheere,
This outlaw was weary of the wood-side, And chasing of the fallow-deere.
6, elephant.