The Vendetta

One lovely day so long ago

When songs were sung through nights,
When dragonflies did fly abroad,
And good men wore their tights.

Come Robin Hood, come Scarlet Fair.
Oh, Robin, do you dare?

 

Along he walked, yea, Robin did,
When suddenly there posed
A gentleman in scarlet silk,
And in his hand a rose,

Come Robin Hood, come Scarlet Fair.
Oh, Robin, do you dare?

 

"Ho! Such a fellow up ahead,
Yea, better I'm than he!"
So Robin put him to the test
A cudgel battle spree.

Come Robin Hood, come Scarlet Fair.
Oh, Robin, do you dare?


On Robin fought and Scarlet did
'Til pause between the play,
When Robin curtly did pronounce,
"Young man, I think you're gay!"

Come Robin Hood, come Scarlet Fair.
Oh, Robin, do you dare?


This angered Scarlet, pretty-boy,
And violently he fought.
When certain blows had made their marks,
To earth was Robin brought.

Come Robin Hood, come Scarlet Fair.
Oh, Robin, do you dare?


"I yield me!" Robin's falter showed,
"Withhold thy further blows!
Now ask I thee just one more thing,
Let's no more be such foes."

Come Robin Hood, come Scarlet Fair.
Oh, Robin, do you dare?


"If you are willing, we'll make a truce,
And friends we'll surely be.
But I do very much believe
You're on my family tree!"

Come Robin Hood, come Scarlet Fair.
Oh, Robin, do you dare?


So friends they were, a cunning pair,
Both "Hood" and "nephew gay."
Since all good things must have an end,
No longer can we say,

Come Robin Hood, come Scarlet Fair.
Oh, Robin, do you dare?

Author's Notes/Comments: 

A ballad retold from Howard Pyle's "The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood."

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