Child's, The English And Scottish Ballads

Volume 5 of 8 from 1860 edition - online book

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Stand up, my friend; who can contend, When I give leave to live ? "
So they are all gone to Nottingham,
All shouting as they came :                             lm
But when the people them did see,
They thought the king was slain;
And for that cause th' outlaws were come,
To rule all as they list; And for to shun, which way to run,                         ias
The people did not wist.
The plowman left the plow in the field,
The smith ran from his shop; Old folks also, that scarce could go,
Over their sticks did hop.                                         i*>
The king did soon let them understand
He had been in the green-wood, And from that day, for evermore,
He'd forgiven Robin Hood.
Then [when] the people they did hear,                 m
And [that] the truth was known, They all did sing, " God save the king!
Hang care, the town's our own !"'
"What's that Robin Hood?" then said the sheriff,
" That varlet I do hate ;                                            iao
Both me and mine he caus'd to dine,
And serv'd us all with one plate."