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K:F A | F E D | A2 d | A3/2 G/2 F | G2 A | w:Bold Ar-der went forth one sum-mers mor-ning. To (F E) D | D F G | z (A =B) | c3/2 =B/2 c | (A =B) c | w:view the mer-ry green wood For to hunt for the deer - that d=B A | G2 d | c3/2 A/2 G | A F D | (D C2) | w:run here and there And there he es-pied Ro-bin Hood (F3/2 G/2) A | _B A G | A F E | (D3 | D) z || w:Aye - and there he es-pied Ro-bin Hood % W: W:1 W:Bold Arder went forth one summers morning W:To view the merry green wood W:For to hunt for the deer that run here and there W:And there he espied Robin Hood W:Aye and there he espied Robin Hood W: W:2 W:What fellow are thou? quoth Robin Hood W:And what is thy business here? W:For n ow to be brief thou dost look like a thief W:And to come for to steal the Kings deer W:Aye and to come for to steal the Kings deer W: W:3 W:No I am the keeper of this parish W:The King hath a-put me in trust W:And therefore I pray thee to get on thy way W:Or else to withstand 'ee I must W:Aye or else to withstand 'ee I must. W: W:4 W:Tis thou must have more partakers in store W:Before thou upstand me in deed W:For I have a staff, he is made of ground graffe W:And I'll warrant he'll do my dee W:Aye and I'll warrant he'll do my deed. W: W:5 W:And I have another quoth bold Robin Hood W:He's made of an oaken tree W:He's eight foot and a half and would knock down a calf W:And why shouldn't a' knock down thee W:Aye and why shouldn't a' knock down thee W: W:6 W:Let us measure our staves says bold Robin Hood W:Before we begin and away W:If by half a foot mine should be longer than thine W:Then that should be counted foul play. W:Aye that should be counted foul play. W: W:7 W:Then at it they went for bang, for bangh, W:The space of two hours or more W:Every blow they swing makes the grove to ring W:And they play their game so sure. W:Aye they play their game so sure. W: W:8 W:Then bold Robin Hood drew forth bugle horn W:And he blew it both loud and shrill W:And direct thereupon he espied Little John W:Come running a down the hill. W:Aye come running a down the hill. W: W:9 W:Oh what is the matter then said Little John W:You are not doing well he said W:Oh said bold Robin, here's a tanner so good W:And I warrant he's tanned my hide. W:Aye and I warrant he's tanned my hide. W: W:10 W:If he's such a tanner then says Little John W:A tanner that tans so true W:Ewe'll mak a no doubt but have a fresh bout W:And I warrant he'll tan my hide too. W:Aye and I'll warrant he'll tan my hide too.
Further Information About Robin Hood And The Tanner
First appeared in print in a Garland of 1663 and it was included in Ritson's Robin Hood of 1795.