Child's, The English And Scottish Ballads

Volume 5 of 8 from 1860 edition - online book

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But e're the pardon to him came                         345
This famous archer dy'd: His death and manner of the same
He presently describe.
For, being vext to think upon
His followers revolt,                                           asa
In melancholly passidn
He did recount his fault.
" Perfideous traytors !" sayd he then, "
" In all your dangers past Have I you guarded as my men,                         355
To leave me thus at last I"
This sad perplexity did cause
A feaver, as some say, Which him unto confusion drawes,
Though by a stranger way.                                      seo
This deadly danger to prevent,
He hie'd him with all speede Unto a nunnery, with intent
For his healths-sake to bleede.
A faithlesse fryer did pretend                                       363
In love to let him blood, But he by falshood wrought the end
Of famous Bobbin Hood.
The fryer, as some say, did this
To vindicate the wrong                                     379
Which to the clergy he and his
Had done by power strong.