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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Then Robin Hood brought him through the wood
And caused the music to play, And he made the Bishop to dance in his boots,
And they set him on 's dapple-grey, And they gave the tail within his hand—
And glad he could so get away !
121. Robin Hood and Alan a Dale
C OME listen to me, you gallants so free, All you that love mirth for to hear,, And I will you tell of a bold outlaw, That lived in Nottinghamshire.
ii As Robin Hood in the forest stood,
All under the green-wood tree, There was he ware of a brave young man,
As fine as fine might be.
The youngster was clothed in scarlet red,
In scarlet fine and gay, And he did frisk it over the plain,
And chanted a roundelay.
As Robin Hood next morning stood,
Amongst the leaves so gay, There did he espy the same young man Come drooping along the way. 616
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