Child's, The English And Scottish Ballads

Volume 5 of 8 from 1860 edition - online book

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" A boon, a boon," quoth Robin Hood,
" On my knees I beg and crave;" " By my crown," quoth the king, " I grant;
Ask what, and thou shalt have."                         200
" Then pardon I beg for my merry men,
Which are in the green-wood, For Little John, and Will Scadlock,
And for me bold Robin Hood."
" Art thou Robin Hood ? " then quoth the king; m
For the valour thou hast shewn, Your pardons I do freely grant,
And welcome every one.
" The princess I promis'd the victor's prize;
She cannot have you all three."                          210
" She shall chuse," quoth Robin; said Little John,
" Then little share falls to me."
Then did the princess view all three,
With a comely lovely grace, And took Will Scadlock by the hand,                    a~>
Saying " Here I make my choice."
With that a noble lord stept forth,
Of Maxfield earl was he, Who look'd Will Scadlock in the face,
And wept most bitterly.                                        220
Quoth he, " I had a son like thee, Whom I lov'd wondrous well;
209, promise. Eitson.
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