Child's, The English And Scottish Ballads

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42 A LITTELL GESTE OF ROBYN HOOD.
" Now zalt thu neuer zelpe, "Wrennok,
At ale ne at wyn, That thu hast slawe goode Robyn
And his knaue Gandeleyn.                            "■
" Now xalt thu neuer zelpe, "Wrennok,
At wyn ne at ale, That thu hast slawe goode Eobyn
And Grandeleyyn his knave."
Eobyn lyzth in grene wode bow\n~\dyn.
A LYTELL GESTE OF ROBYN HODE.
Three complete editions of this highly popular poem are known, all without date. The earliest, (perhaps not later than 1520,) is by Wynken de Worde, and has this title: Here beginneth a mery geste of Robyn Hode and his meyne, and of the proude sheryfe of Notyngham. A second is by William Cop­land, and is apparently made from the former. A third was printed from Copland's, for Edward White, and though without date is entered in the Stationers' Eegisters in 1594. Portions have been preserved of two other editions, earlier than any of these three. Ritson had in his hands a few leaves of an " old 4to. black-letter impression," by Wynken de Worde, "probably in 1489." The Gest of Sobyn Hode was also printed at Edinburgh, in 1508, by Chepman and
74, MS. knawe.