Child's, The English And Scottish Ballads

Volume 5 of 8 from 1860 edition - online book

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But Bobbin Hood upon him set, With his couragious sparkes, And all the coyne perforce did get,                        95
Which was twelve thousand markes.
He bound the abbot to a tree,
And would not let him passe, Before that to his men, and he
His lordship had said masse.                                  100
Which being done, upon his horse
He set him fast astride, And with his face towards his------
He forced him to ride.
His men were faine to be his guide,                      nw
For he rode backward home : The abbot, being thus villified,
Did sorely chafe and fume.
Thus Bobbin Hood did vindicate
His former wrongs receiv'd;                                no
For 'twas this covetous prelate
That him of land bereav'd.
The abbot he rode to the king,
With all the haste he could, And to his grace he every thing                             115
Exactly did unfold:
And sayd if that no course were ta'en,
By force or stratagem, To take this rebel and his traine,
No man should passe for them.                             120