Child's, The English And Scottish Ballads

Volume 5 of 8 from 1860 edition - online book

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330                 THE NOBLE FISHERMAN.
" The fisher-men brave more mony have
Than any merchants two or three ;                    10
Therefore I will to Scarborough go, That I a fisherman brave may be."
This outlaw called his merry men all, As they sate under the green-wood tree :
'• If any of you have gold to spend,                      «
I pray you heartily spend it with me."
" Now," quoth Eobiu Hood, " He to Scarborough
go, It seems to be a Very faire day ; " He tooke up his inne at a widdow-womans house, Hard by upon the water gray:                            20
Who asked of him, " Where wert thou borne ?
Or tell to me where dost thou fare ? " " I am a poor fisherman," said he then,
" This day intrapped all in care."
" What is thy name, thou fine fellow,                    »
I pray thee heartily tell it to mee ? "
" In my own country, where I was borne, Men call me Simon over the Lee."
B Simon, Simon," said the-good wife,
" I wish thou mayest well brook thy name; " a> The out-law was ware of her courtesie,
And rejoyced he had got such a dame.