Child's, The English And Scottish Ballads

Volume 5 of 8 from 1860 edition - online book

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380                   THE KINGS DISGUISE.
They shewed such brave archery
By cleaving sticks and wands, That the king did say, such men as they
Live not in many lands.
" Well, Robin Hood," then says the king, 105
" If I could thy pardon get, To serve the king in every thing
Wouldst thou thy mind firm set ? "
" Yes, with all my heart," bold Robin said,
So they flung off their hoods;                            110
To serve the king in every thing,
They swore they would spend their bloods.
" For a clergyman was first my bane,
"Which makes me hate them all; But if you will be so kind to me,                           115
Love them again I shall."
The king no longer could forbear,
For he was mov'd with ruth, " Robin," said he, " I'll now tell thee
The very naked truth.                                           120
" I am the king, thy sovereign king,
That appears before you all: " When Robin saw that it was he,
Strait then he down did fall.
" Stand up again," then said the king,                 us
" I'll thee thy pardon give ;
119,120. Wanting in Eitson; supplied by Gntch.