Child's, The English And Scottish Ballads

Volume 5 of 8 from 1860 edition - online book

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With long yew bows and shining spears,
They marched with miekle pride, And never delay'd, nor halted, nor stay'd, 85
Till they came to the green-wood side.
Said-he to his archers, " Tarry here;
Tour bows make ready all, That, if need should be, you may follow me;
And see you observe my call.                                 *s
" I'll go first in person," he cry'd, " With the letters of my good king,
Well sign'd and seal'd, and if he will yield, " We need not to draw one string."
He wandered about till at length he came              «
To the tent of Robin Hood; The letter he shows ; bold Robin arose,
And there on his guard he stood.
" They'd have me surrender," quoth bold Robin Hood,
" And lie at their mercy then;                               so
But tell them from me, that never shall be,
While I have full seven score men."
Sir William the knight, both hardy and bold,
He offer'd to seize him there, Which William Locksley by fortune did see, <a
And bid him that trick to forbear.
Then Robin Hood set his horn to his mouth, And blew a blast or twain,