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Magdalene College - Pepys
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Robin Hood newly reviv'd:
To a Delightful New Tune.

COme listen a while you Gentlemen all,
with a hey down, down, a down, down,
That are in this Bower within,
for a story of gallant-bold Robin Hood,
I purpose now to begin.

What time of the day, quod Robin Hood then,
with a hey, etc.
Quoth little John 'tis in the prime,
why then we will to the green-wood gang
For we have no Victuals to dine.

As Robin Hood walkt the Forrest along,
with a hey, etc.
It was in the midst of the day,
there was he met with a deft Young-man
As ever walkt on the way.

His Doublet was of Silk he said,
with a hey, etc.
His Stockings like Scarlot shone:
and he walkt on along the way,
To Robin Hood then unknown.

A herd of Deer was in the Bend,
with a hey, etc.
All feeding before his face:
now the best of ye i'le have to my dinner,
And that in a little space.

[N]ow the Stranger he made no mickle ado,
with a hey, etc.
[?] he bends a right good Bow,
[?]d the best Buck in the Herd he slew,
[?] good Yards himfro.

Well shot, well shot, quod Robin Hood then,
with a hey, etc.
That shot it was shot in time,
and if thou wilt except of the place,
Thou shalt be a bold Yeoman of mine.

Go play the Chiven the stranger said,
with a hey, etc.
Make hast and quickly go:
or with my Fist be sure of this,
I'le give the Buffets store.

Thou had'st not best buffet me, quod Rob. Hood
with a hey, etc.
For though I seem forlorn,
yet I can have those that will take my part
If I blow but my Horn.

Thou wast not best wind thy horn, the stranger said,
with a hey, etc.
Beest thou never so much in haste,
for I can draw out a good broad Sword,
And quickly cut the blast.

Then Robin Hood bent a very good Bow,
with a hey, etc.
To that shot and he would fain:
the stranger he bent up a noble Bow,
To shoot at bold Robin again.

O hold thy hand, hold thy hand, quod R. Hood,
with a hey, etc.
To shoot it would be in vain,
for if we should shoot the one at the other,
The one of us must be slain.

BUt let's take our swords & our broad bucklers
with a hey down, etc.
And gang under yonder tree,
as I hope to be sav'd, the stranger said,
One foot I will not flee.

Then Robin Hood lent the stranger a blow
with a hey down, etc.
Most scared him out of his wit,
thou never felt blow the stranger said,
That shall be better quit.

The stranger he drew out a good broad sword
with a hey, etc.
And hit Robin on the Crown,
that from every hair of bold Robins head,
The blood ran trickeling down.

God-a-mercy good fellow quod Robin Hood then
with a hey, etc.
And for this that thou hast done,
tell me good fellow, what thou art,
Tell me where thou dost woon.

The Stranger then answered bold R. Hood
with a hey down, etc.
I'le tell thee where I did dwell,
in Maxfield was I born and bred,
My name is young Gamwell.

For killing of my Fathers Steward,
with a hey, etc.
I am forc'd to this English wood,
and for to seek an Uncle of mine,
Some call him Robin Hood.

But art thou a Couzen of R. Hoods then?
with a hey, etc.
The sooner we should have done;
as I hope to be sav'd the stranger then said
I am his own Sisters Son.

But Lord what kissing and courting was there,
with a hey down, etc.
When these two Couzens did greet,
and they went all that Summers day
And little John did meet.

But when they met with Little John,
with a hey down, etc.
He thereunto did say,
O Master where have you been,
You have tarried so long away?

I met with a stranger quod R. Hood then,
with a hey down, etc.
Full sore he hath beaten me,
then i'le have about with him quod little John
And try if he can beat me.

Oh no, oh no, quoth Robin Hood
with a hey down, etc.
Little John it may not be so,
for he is my own dear Sisters Son,
And Couzens I have no mo.

But he shall be a bold Yeoman of mine,
with a hey down, etc.
My chief man next to thee,
and I Robin Hood, and thou Little John
And Scarlet he shall be.

And we'l be three of the bravest out-laws,
with a hey down, etc.
That is in the north Country,
if you'l have any more of bold R. Hood
In this second part it will be.

Then bold R. Hood to the north he would,
with a hey down, etc.
With Valour and mickle might,
with sword by his side, which oft had been try'd
To fight and recover his right.

The first that he met with was a bold Scot,
with a hey down, etc.
His servant he said he would be,
no, quod R. Hood, it cannot be good,
For thou wilt prove false unto me.

thou hast not been true to Sire nor Cuz,
with a hey down, etc.
Nay, marry, the Scot he said,
as true as your heart, i'le never part,
Gude Master be not afraid.

Then Robin Hood turn'd his face to the Ea[st]
with a hey down, etc.
Fight on my merry men stout,
our case is good; quod brave Robin Hood,
And we shall not be beaten out.

The battel grows hot on every side,
with a hey down, etc.
The Scotchman made great moan,
quoth Jockey gude faith, they fight on eac[h] sid[e]
Would I were with my wife Jone.

The enemy compast brave Robin about,
with a hey down, etc.
'Tis long e're the battel ends,
there's neither will yield nor give up [the] Fie[ld]
For both are supply'd with friends.

Th[?] it w[?] in Robin Hoods d[?]
Lets [?]ve,
to giv[?] that mischief ma[y] cea[se]
And Wa[?] to Love.


Printed for J. Clarke, W. Thackeray [and T. Passinger.]

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