Child's, The English And Scottish Ballads

Volume 5 of 8 from 1860 edition - online book

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388                              EOBIN HOOD
" 111 stick it on my arrows head,
And shoot it into the town ; The mark will show where it must go, ' Whenever it lights down."
The project it was well perform'd ;                          125
The sheriff that letter had, Which when he read, he scratch'd his head,
And rav'd like one that's mad.
So we'll leave him chafing in his grease, Which will do him no good;                                 iso
Now, my friends, attend, and hear the end Of honest Robin Hood.
Together with an account of his death and burial, &c. Tune of Robin Hood and the fifteen foresters. " From the common garland of Aldermary-church-
yard; corrected by the York copy." Ritson's Robin
Hood, ii. 182.
When Robin Hood and his merry men all, Derry down, down, Had reigned many years, The king was then told that they had been bold To his bishops and noble peers. Hey down, derry, derry down.
131, 132. These lines, like the last two of the preceding ballad, refer to Robin Hood and the Valiant Knight.