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A TEUE TALE OF ROBIN HOOD.          353
A TRUE TALE OF ROBIN HOOD.
Gutch's Robin Hood, ii. 88.
This doggerel is by Martin Parker, a well-known author of ballads in the reign of Charles I. and dur­ing the Protectorate. The titles of several of his works are given by Eitson, (Robin Hood, i. 127,) and those of others may be seen in Collier's Roxburghe Ballads, 237, 243, and Ritson's Ancient Songs, ii. 257, 263 ; among these last is the celebrated song, When the king enjoys his own again.
Ritson printed this piece from a black-letter edition dated 1686. Gutch obtained a somewhat better copy from Mr. Collier, which we have here followed. " The date of Mr. Collier's copy is cut off, but enough re­mains to shew that it was printed at London, 'for T. Cotes, and are to be sold by F. Grove, dwelling upon Snow-hill near the Saracens * * *.' The first edition was entered at Stationers' Hall, 20th Febru­ary, 1631."
The title in full is: "A True Tale of Robbin Hood, Or, a brief touch of the life and death of that re­nowned outlaw, Robert, Earle of Huntington, vul­garly called Robbin Hood, who lived and died in 1198, being the 9th yeare of king Richard the first, commonly called Richard Cuer de Lyon; carefully collected out of the truest writers of our English vol. v.                       23







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