Child's, The English And Scottish Ballads

Volume 5 of 8 from 1860 edition - online book

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" What time of day ? " quod Robin Hood then ;
Quoth Little John, " 'Tis in the prime;" " Why then we wiE to the greenwood gang,
For we have no vittles to dine."
As Robin Hood walkt the forrest along,
(It was in the mid of the day,) There he was met of a deft young man
As ever walkt on the way.
His doublet was of silk, 'tis said,
His stockings like scarlet shone; And he walked on along the way,
To Robin Hood then unknown.
A herd of deer was in the bend,
All feeding before his face : " Now the best of you He have to my dinner,
And that in a little space."
Now the stranger he made no mickle adoe,
But he bends a right good bow, And the best of all the herd he slew,
Forty good yards him froe.
" Well shot, well shot," quod Robin Hood then,
" That shot it was shot in time; And if thou wilt accept of the place,
Thou shalt be a bold yeoman of mine."
" Go play the chiven," the stranger said, " Make haste and quickly go,
23, and a. Kiteon.
24, full froe.