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

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Robin Hood took his mantle from his back,
And laid it upon the ground, And out of the Sheriff's portmantle
He told three hundred pound.
Then Robin he brought him thorow the wood,
Set him on his dapple gray : ' O have me commended, good sir, to your wife ! '-
So Robin went laughing away.
120. Robin Hood and the Bishop of Hereford
C OME, gentlemen all, and listen a while ; A story I'll to you unfold— How Robin Hood served the Bishop, When he robb'd him of his gold.
As it befel in merry Barnsdale,
And under the green-wood tree, The Bishop of Hereford was to come by,
With all his companye.
i Come, kill a ven'son,' said bold Robin Hood,
' Come, kill me a good fat deer ; The Bishop 's to dine with me to day, And he shall pay well for his cheer. 612
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