Robin Hood: a collection of all the ancient poems, songs, and ballads, now extant, relative to that celebrated English outlaw [based on the ed. by J. Ritson].

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publisher not identified, 1820 - Ballads, English - 112 pages
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Page vii - They say he is already in the forest of Arden, and a many merry men with him ; and there they live like the old Robin Hood of England. They say many young gentlemen flock to him every day, and fleet the time carelessly, as they did in the golden world.
Page 233 - Lay me a green sod under my head, And another at my feet ; And lay my bent bow by my side, Which was my music sweet ; And make my grave of gravel and green, Which is most right and meet. Let me have length and breadth enough. With a green sod under my head ; That they may say, when I am dead, Here lies bold Robin Hood.
Page 212 - Then he put on the old man's hat, It stood full high on the crown : " The first bold bargain that I come at, It shall make thee come down.
Page 139 - I have no money," the young man said, "But five shillings and a ring; And that I have kept this seven long years, To have it at my wedding. "Yesterday I should have married a maid, But she is now from me tane, And chosen to be an old knight's delight, Whereby my poor heart is slain.
Page 233 - I'll not grant thee; I never hurt woman in all my life, Nor man in woman's company. " I never hurt fair maid in all my time, Nor at mine end shall it be ; But give me my bent bow in my hand, And a broad arrow I'll let flee, And where this arrow is taken up, There shall my grave digged be.
Page 213 - I've a bag for meal, and a bag for malt, And a bag for barley and corn; A bag for bread, and a bag for beef, And a bag for my little small horn.
Page 100 - On all that by him came. With wealth that he by roguery got, Eight alms-houses he built, Thinking thereby to purge the blot , Of blood which he had spilt Such was their blind devotion then, Depending on their works; Which if 'twere true, we Christian men Inferiour were to Turks.
Page 90 - Guyes bow in his hand, His boltes and arrowes eche one : . When the sheriffe saw Little John bend his bow, ' He fettled him to be gone. Towards his house in Nottingham towne He fled full fast away ; And soe did all his companye : Not one behind wold stay.
Page 218 - Then with a dozen of his lords To Nottingham he rode : When he came there, he made good cheer, And took up his abode. He having staid there some time, But had no hopes to speed, He and his lords, with one accord, All put on monk's weeds.
Page 139 - Stand off, stand off," the young man said, "What is your will with me?" " You must come before our master straight, Under yon greenwood tree." And when he came bold Robin before, Robin asked him courteously, " O hast thou any money to spare For my merry men and me?

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