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

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' What is thy name ?' then said Robin Hood,
' Come tell me, without any fail.'— ' By the faith of my body,' then said the young man, ' My name it is Alan a Dale.'
' What wilt thou give me,' said Robin Hood,
' In ready gold or fee, To help thee to thy true-love again,
And deliver her unto thee ?'
' I have no money,' then quoth the young man,
No ready gold nor fee, But I will swear upon a book Thy true servant for to be.'—
' But how many miles to thy true-love ?
Come tell me without any guile.'— ' By the faith of my body,' then said the young man,
' It is but five little mile.'
xv Then Robin he hasted over the plain,
He did neither stint nor lin, Until he came unto the church
Where Alan should keep his wedding.
' What dost thou do here ? ' the Bishop he said,
' I prithee now tell to me : ' 'lama bold harper,' quoth Robin Hood,
' And the best in the north countrey.'
lin] stop. 6iS
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