Child's, The English And Scottish Ballads

Volume 5 of 8 from 1860 edition - online book

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262                 KOBIN HOOD RESCUING
and he put upon hym the poore mannes gowne, his gyrdell, his hosyn, his shone, his hatte and his bourden.'"
" There is an allusion to this ballad," adds Gutch, " in Anthony Munday's play of The Downfall of Rob­ert Earl of Huntington. Collier's Old Plays, p. 41."
Another version of this piece is immediately sub­joined.
There are twelve months in all the year,
As I hear many say, But the merriest month in all the year
Is the merry month of May.
Now Robin Hood is to Nottingham gone,              «
With a link a down and a day, And there he met a silly old woman,
"Was weeping on the way.
" "What news ? what news, thou silly old woman ?
What news hast thou for me ? "                          10
Said she, " There's three squires in Nottingham town,
To-day is condemned to die."
"0 have they parishes burnt?" he said,
" Or have they ministers slain ? Or have they robbed any virgin,                            u
Or with other men's wives have lain ? "
" They have no parishes burnt, good sir, Nor yet have ministers slain,