Child's, The English And Scottish Ballads

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Kitson's Robin Hood, ii. 175. From an Aldermary-Churchyard Garland. Perhaps by the same feeble and vulgar hand as the preceding, and, like that, founded on the Lytell Geste.
When as the sheriff of Nottingham
Was come with mickle grief, He talk'd no good of Robin Hood,
That strong and sturdy thief. Fal la dal de.
So unto London road he past,                              {
His losses to unfold To king Richard, who did regard
The tale that he had told.
" Why," quoth the king, « what shall I do ?
Art thou not sheriff for me ?                            l0
The law is in force, to take thy course
Of them that injure thee.
" Go get thee gone, and by thyself Devise some tricking game