A Lytell Geste of Robin Hode: With Other Ancient & Modern Ballads and Songs Relating to this Celebrated Yeoman to which is Prefixed His History and Character, Volume 1

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John Mathew Gutch
Longman, Brown, Green, & Longmans, 1847 - Ballads, English

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Page 6 - They say, he is already in the forest of Arden, and a many merry men with him ; and there they live like the old Robin Hood of England. They say, many young gentlemen flock to him every day ; and fleet the time carelessly, as they did in the golden world.
Page 85 - The reader will observe in the more ancient ballads of this collection, a cast of style and measure very different from that of contemporary poets of a higher class; many phrases and idioms, which the Minstrels seem to have appropriated to themselves...
Page 358 - To be the lady of six shires ! The men, So near the primitive making, they retain A sense of nothing but the earth ; their brains, And barren heads standing as much in want Of ploughing as their ground. To hear a fellow Make himself merry and his horse, with whistling...
Page xx - Cowley : so, on the contrary, an ordinary song or ballad, that is the delight of the common people, cannot fail to please all such readers as are not unqualified for the entertainment by their affectation or ignorance ; and the reason is plain, because the same paintings of nature which recommend it to the most ordinary reader, will appear beautiful to the most refined.
Page 94 - An outlaw, in those times, being deprived of protection, owed no allegiance : " his hand ' was' against every man, and every man's hand against him.
Page ii - Horace Walpole in his Historic Doubts on the Life and Reign of King Richard III.
Page 338 - Hood was, at a verv early period, of a dramatic cast ; and it was perfectly natural that a principal character should be transferred from one drama to another. It might be thought likewise that the English Robin deserved his Marian as well as the other. The circumstance of the French Marian being acted by a boy contributes to support the above opinion ; the part of the English character having been personated, though not always, in like manner.
Page 332 - ... in the church, like devils incarnate, with such a confused noise, that no man can hear his own voice. Then, the foolish people they...
Page 315 - You friend with the Hobby Horse, goe not too fast, for fear of wearing out my lord's tyle stones with your hob-nayles.' Afterwards there enter three clowns and three maids, who dance the morris, and at the same time sing the following song : — Trip and goe, heave and hoe, Up and downe, to and fro, From the towne, to...
Page 30 - But he hath heard some talk of him and Little John ; And to the end of time the tales shall ne'er be done Of Scarlock, George-a-Green, and Much, the miller's son ; Of Tuck, the merry friar, which many a sermon made In praise of Robin Hood, his outlaws, and their trade.