Child's, The English And Scottish Ballads

Volume 5 of 8 from 1860 edition - online book

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" Thou tyrant Turk, thou infidel,"
Thus Robin began to reply, " Thy frowns I scorn; lo ! here's my gage,
And thus I thee defie.
" And for those two Goliahs there,                       
That stand on either side, Here are two little Davids by,
That soon can tame their pride."
Then the king did for armour send,
For lances, swords, and shields :                         w>
And thus all three in armour bright
Came marching to the field.
The trumpets began to sound a charge,
Each singled out his man; Their arms in pieces soon were hew'd,                          155
Blood sprang from every vain.
The prince he reaeht Robin Hood a blow,
He struck with might and main, Which fore'd him to reel about the field,
As though he had been slain.                               16C
" God-a-mercy," quoth Robin, " for that blow !
The quarrel shall soon be try'd; This stroke shall shew a full divorce
Betwixt thee and thy bride."
So from his shoulders he's cut his head,                 ras
Which on the ground did fall, And grumbling sore at Robin Hood,
To be so dealt withal.