Child's, The English And Scottish Ballads

Volume 5 of 8 from 1860 edition - online book

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8                   THE KINGS DISGUISE.
" My chiefest spite to clergy is,                              «
Who in these days bear great sway;
With fryars and monks, and their fine sprunks, I make my chiefest prey.
" But I am glad," says Robin Hood,
" That I have met you here;                               so
Before we end, you shall, my friend,
Taste of our green-wood cheer."
The king he then did marvel much, , And so did all his men ;
They thought with fear, what kind of cheer « Robin would provide for them.
Robin took the kings horse by the head,
And led him to his tent: " Thou wouldst not be so us'd," quoth he,
" But that my king thee sent                              en
" Nay, more than that," quoth Robin Hood,
" For good king Richards sake, If you had as much gold as ever I told,
I would not one penny take."
Then Robin set his horn to his mouth,                  65
And a loud blast he did blow, Till a hundred and ten of Robin Hoods men,
Came marching all of a row.
And when they came bold Robin before,
Each man did bend his knee:                            ro
" 0," thought the king, " 'tis a gallant thing And a seemly sight to see."