Child's, The English And Scottish Ballads

Volume 5 of 8 from 1860 edition - online book

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VALOUR, AND MARRIAGE.                347
And he said, " Kind cousin, I grant thee thy boon;
With all my heart, so let it be;"                                     m
" Then come hither, Little John," said Robin Hood,
" Come hither, my page, unto me.
" Go fetch me my bow, my longest long bow,
And broad arrows, one, two, or three ; For when 'tis fair weather we'll into Sherwood, ss
Some merry pastime to see.
When Robin Hood came into merry Sherwood,
He winded his bugle so clear; And twice five and twenty good yeomen and bold
Before Robin Hood did appear.                                      100
" Where are your companions all ? " said Robin Hoodi
" For still I want forty and three : " Then said a bold yeoman, " Lo, yonder they stand,
All under the green wood tree."
As that word was spoke, Clorinda came by,                  ws
The queen of the shepherds was she; And her gown was of velvet as green as the grass,
And her buskin did reach to her knee.
Her gait it was graceful, her body was straight,
And her countenance free from pride ;                      no
A bow in her hand, and a quiver of arrows Hung dangling by her sweet side.
Her eye-brows were black, ay, and so was her hair, And her skin was as smooth as glass ;
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