After Hearing 'Robin Hood'

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The songs of Sherwood Forest
 Are lilac-sweet and clear;
The virile rhymes of merrier times
 Sound fair upon mine ear.

Sweet is their sylvan cadence
 And sweet their simple art.
The balladry of the greenwood tree
 Stirs memories in my heart.

O braver days and elder
 With mickle valor dight,
How ye bring back the time, alack!
 When Harry Smith could write!

© Franklin Pierce Adams