Child's, The English And Scottish Ballads

Volume 5 of 8 from 1860 edition - online book

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For to enthral yon rebels all;                                 is
Go take thy course with them."
So away the sheriff he return'd,
And by the way he thought Of th' words of the king, and how the thing
To pass might well be brought.                           20
For within his mind he imagined,
That when such matches were, Those outlaws stout, without all doubt,
Would be the bowmen there.
So an arrow with a golden head                            n
And shaft of silver-white, Who won the day should bear away
For his own proper right.
Tidings came to bold Robin Hood,
Under the green-wood tree:                                so
" Come prepare you then, my merry men,
We'll go yon sport to see."
With that stept forth a brave young man,
David of Doncaster: " Master," said he, " be rul'd by me,                      35
From the green-wood we'll not stir.
" To tell the truth, I'm well inform'd
Yon match it is a wile; The sheriff, i-wiss, devises this
Us archers to beguile."                                       «
27, on the day. Eitson.