Child's, The English And Scottish Ballads

Volume 5 of 8 from 1860 edition - online book

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In summer time, when leaves grow green,
It [wa]s a seemely sight to see, How Robin Hood himselfe had drest,                  »
And all his yeomandry.
He clothed his men in Lincolne green,
And himselfe in scarlet red ; Blacke hats, white feathers, all alike,
Now bold Robin Hood is rid.                              eo
And when hee came at Londons court, Hee fell downe on his knee. , " Thou art welcome, Locksly," said the queen, "And all thy good yeomandree."
The king is into Finsbury field,                               en
Marching in battle ray,
65. Ground near Moorflelds, London, famous in old times for the archery practised there. "In the year 1498," says Stow, "all the gardens which had continued time out of minde, without Mooregate, to wit, about and beyond the lordship of Fensberry, were destroyed. And of them was made a plaine field for archers to shoote in." Sunay of London, 1598, p. 351. See also p. 77, where it is observed that "about the feast of S. Bartlemew . . . the officers of the city ... were challengers of all men in the suburbes,. .. before the lord maior, aldermen, and sheriffes, in Fenseery fielde, to shoote the standarde, broade arrow, and flight, for games."
[The Finsbury] archers are mentioned by Ben Jonson, in Every man in Ms humour, act i, scene 1: " Because I dwell at Hogsden, I shall keep company with none but the archers of Finsbury."