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ROBIN HOODS BIRTH, BREEDING, VALOUR, AND MARRIAGE.
Ritson's Robin Hood, ii. 1.
Ritsost printed this piece from a black-letter copy in a large and valuable collection of old ballads which successively belonged to Major Pearson, the Duke of Roxburghe, and Mr. Bright, but which is now in the British Museum.
The full title of the original is: A new ballad of bold Robin Hood; shewing his birth, breeding, valour, and marriage at Titbury Bull-running. Calculated for the meridian of Staffordshire, but may serve for Derbyshire or Kent.
The copy in A Collection of Old Ballads, i. 67, is the same.
Kind gentlemen, will you be patient awhile ?
Ay, and then you shall hear anon A very good ballad of bold Robin Hood,
And of his brave man Little John.
In Locksly town, in merry Nottinghamshire, s
In merry sweet Locksly town, There bold Robin Hood he was born and was bred,
Bold Robin of famous renown.