Bold Arder went forth one summer morning|
To view the merry green wood;
For to hunt for the deer that run here and there
And there he espied Robin Hood.
Aye, and there he espied Robin Hood.
2. What a fellow art thou? quoth bold Robin Hood,
3. No, I am the keeper of this parish
4. 'Tis thou must have more partakers in store
5. And I have another, quoth bold Robin Hood,
6. Let us measure our staves, says bold Robin Hood|
Before we begin and away,
If by half a foot mine should be longer than thine
Then that should be counted foul play.
Aye, then that should be counted foul play.
7. Theen at it they went, for bang, for bang,
8. Then bold Robin Hood drew forth bugle horn,
9. O what is the matter? then said Little John
10. If he's such a tanner, then says Little John,
11. That thing shall not be, says Bold Robin Hood,|
For he is a hero so bold,
For he has best play'd, he is master of his trade
And by no man shall he be controll'd.
Aye, and by no man shall he be controll'd.
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