The Oxford Book of Ballads - online book

A Selection Of The Best English Lyric Ballads Chosen & Edited by Arthur Quiller-Couch

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' I will come unto your court,
Your service for to see, And bringe with me of my men
Seven score and three.
' But me like well your service,
I will come again full soon, And shooten at the dunne deer,
As I am wont to doom'
The Eighth Fytte
Robin Hood lived a while at the King's Court, but returned to the Green-wood
' Hast thou any green cloth ?' said our King, ' That thou wilt sell now to me ?'—
' Yea, 'fore God,' said Robin, ' Thirty yards and three.'
ccccxix ' Robin,' said our King,
' Now pray I thee, To sell me some of that cloth,
To me and my meinee.'
ccccxx 'Yes, 'fore God,' then said Robin,
'Or else I were a fool ; Another day ye will me clothe,
I trow, against the Yule.'
But me like] unless I like.
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