Child's, The English And Scottish Ballads

Volume 5 of 8 from 1860 edition - online book

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But when they met with Little John,
He unto them did say, " 0 master, pray where have you been,
You have tarried so long away ? "
"I met with a stranger," quod Kobin Hood,             85
" Full sore he hath beaten me:" " Then lie have a bout with him," quod Little John,
" And try if he can beat me."
" Oh [no], oh no," quoth Kobin Hood then, " Little John, it may [not] be so;                             *>
For he is my own dear sisters son, And cousins I have no mo.
" But he shall be a bold yeoman of mine,
My chief man next to thee ; And I Robin Hood, and thou Little John,                 as
And Scadlock he shall be:
" And weel be three of the bravest outlaws
That live in the north country." If you will hear more of bold Robin Hood,
In the second part it will be.                                     ioo
[part the second.*]
Now Kobin Hood, Will Scadlock, and Little John Are walking over the plain,
* " This (from an old black-letter copy in Major Pearson's collection) is evidently the genuine second part of the pres-