Child's, The English And Scottish Ballads

Volume 5 of 8 from 1860 edition - online book

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" Thou has not been true to sire or cuz;" " Nay, marry," the Scot he said,                                w
" As true as your heart, I never will part; Good master, be not afraid."
" But e'er I employ you," said bold Robin Hood,
" With you I must have a bout;" The Scotchman reply'd, " Let the battle be try'd, is
For I know I will beat you out."
Thus saying, the contest did quickly begin,
Which lasted two hours and more; The blows Sawney gave bold Robin so brave,
The battle soon made him give o'er.                          20
" Have mercy, thou Scotchman," bold Robin Hood cry'd,
" Full dearly this boon have I bought; We will both agree, and my man you shall be,
For a stouter I never have fought."
Then Sawny consented with Robin to go,                  3j
To be of his bowmen so gay; Thus ended the fight, and with mickle delight
To Sherwood they hasted away.