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Book TitleAuthorDateNotes
Song TitleBold Robin Hood
Roud No.1303
Collected FromIles, Elijah
LocationInglesham
CountyWiltshire
Collected ByWilliams, Alfred
Alternative Title
Tune
Date
Source PrimaryWSRO: 2598/36 Packet 4 - Wiltshire: Williams, A: MS collection No Wt 390: WSRO: Williams, Alfred: Round about the Upper Thames Ms Vol. 5 p 38
Source SecondaryWilliams, A: Folk songs of the upper Thames, 1923, p 237: Williams, A: Round about the Upper Thames, Duckworth, 1922 p 306
Recording
 
Song Lyrics
Verse 1

Bold Robin Hood was a forester good,
As ever drew bow in the merry green wood,
And the wild deer did follow, did follow,
And the wild deer did follow;
There's none so bonny, Blithe and gay
As Mary, the pride of the morning.

Verse 2

Then up came Little John with his courage so strong,
He conquered them all with his hey ding dong,
While the bugle horn he echoed, he echoed,
While the bugle horn he echoed:
There's none so bonny, blithe and gay
As Mary, the pride of the morning.
 
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Notes
Note 1

Williams, Alfred: Ms / FSUT: 'Of great popularity with the more aged men. Words of Elijah Iles, Inglesham.'

Note 2

Williams, Alfred: RAUT: There is a brief reference to the song being sung by Iles in both sources.

Transcribed and edited by Chris Wildridge, 2011.

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