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204 THE JOLLY PINDER OF WAKEFIELD.
THE JOLLY PINDER OF WAKEFIELD,
WITH ROBIN HOOD, SCARLET, AND JOHN. Eitson's Eobin Mood, ii. 18.
" From an old black-letter copy, in A. a Wood's collection, compared with two others in the British Museum, one in black-letter.
" Several lines of this ballad are quoted in the two old plays of the Downfall and Death of Robert earle of Huntington, 1601, 4to. b. 1. but acted many years be­fore. It is also alluded to in Shakespeare's Merry Wives of Windsor, act i. scene 1, and again in his Second Part of King Henry IV., act v. scene 3.
" In 1557 certain ' ballets' are entered on the books of the Stationers' Company, 'to John Wallye and Mrs. Toye,' one of which is entitled Of Wakefylde and a grene ; meaning apparently the ballad here re­printed." Ritson.
' In Wakefield there lives a jolly pinder, " In Wakefield all on a green, In Wakefield all on a green.







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