Child's, The English And Scottish Ballads

Volume 5 of 8 from 1860 edition - online book

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Thus dyed he by trechery,
That could not dye by force: Had he liv'd longer, certainely                            375
King Richard, in remorse,
Had unto favour him received,
His brave men elevated : 'Tis pitty he was of life bereav'd
By one which he so hated.                              st»
A treacherous leach this fryer was,
To let him bleed to death ; And Robbin was, methinks, an asse
To trust him with his breath.
His corpse the prioress of the place,                   sua
The next day that he dyM, Caused to be buried, in mean case,
Close by the high-way side.
And over him she caused a stone
To be fixed on the ground;                              sso
An epitaph was set thereon,
Wherein his name was found.
The date o' th' yeare, and day also,
Shee made to be set there, That all who by the way did goe                         395
Might see it plain appeare,
That such a man as Robbin Hood
Was buried in that place ; And how he lived in the greene wood
And robb'd there for a space.                           400