Child's, The English And Scottish Ballads

Volume 5 of 8 from 1860 edition - online book

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Feared of the rich, loved of the poor, A thing most marvelous.
A thing unpossible to us
This story seems to be;                                       <:»
None dares be now so venturous,
But times are chang'd we see.
We that live in these later dayes
Of civile government, If need be, have an hundred wayes                     405
Such outlawes to prevent.
In those days men more barbarous were, And lived less in awe ; . Now (God be thanked) people feare
More to offend the law.                                         440
No roaring guns were then in use,
They dreampt of no such thing; Our Englishmen in fight did chuse
The gallant gray-goose wing:
In which activity these men,                                   413
Through practice, were so good, That in those days none equal'd them,
Specially Robbin Hood.
So that, it seemes, keeping in caves,
In woods and forests thicke,                                4W
They'd beate a multitude with staves,
Their arrowes did so pricke.