Child's, The English And Scottish Ballads

Volume 5 of 8 from 1860 edition - online book

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382                   THE KINGS DISGUISE.
" Ho, ho," said Robin Hood, " I know what you mean;
Come, take your gold again; Be friends with me, and I with thee,                      isa
And so with every man.
" Now, master sheriff, you are paid,
And since you are beginner, As well as you give me my due,
For you ne'er paid for that dinner.                     160
" But if that it should please the king
So much your house to grace, To sup with you, for, to speak true,
[I] know you ne'er was base."
The sheriff could not that gainsay,                         iw
For a trick was put upon him; A supper was drest, the king was a guest,
But he thought 'twould have outdone him.
They are all gone to London court,
Robin Hood, with all his train;                           iro
He once was there a noble peer,
And now he's there again.
Many such pranks brave Robin play'd, While he liv'd in the green-wood:
Now, my friend, attend, and hear an end irs Of honest Robin Hood.
175, 1?6. The two concluding lines refer to Sobin Hood and the Valiant Knight, (see p. 388,) which ballad in some collections follows the present