Child's, The English And Scottish Ballads

Volume 5 of 8 from 1860 edition - online book

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Some said, " If Robin Hood was here, And all his men to boot,                                    TO
Sure none of them could pass these men, So bravely they do shoot."
"Ay," quoth the sheriff, and scratch'd his head, I thought he would have been here ;
" I thought he would, but tho' he's bold,                  re
He durst not now appear."
O that word griev'd Robin Hood to the heart;
He vexed in his blood; Ere long, thought he, thou shalt well see
That here was Robin Hood.                                      80
Some cried " Blue jacket!" another cried "Brown!"
And a third cried " Brave Yellow !" But the fourth man said, " Yon man in red
In this place has no fellow."
For that was Robin Hood himself,                      «
For he was cloath'd in red ; At every shot the prize he got,
For he was both sure and dead.
So the arrow with the golden head
And shaft of silver-white,                                 so
Brave Robin Hood won, and bore with him
For his own proper right
These outlaws there, that very day, To shun all kinds of doubt,