“Little John a Begging”


Little John (goes/is assigned by Robin to go) a-begging. He meets up with beggars feigning disabilities who do not want his company and they fall to blows. Little John overcomes them and is much enriched by their stores which he takes to Sherwood.


For background on the Robin Hood legend, see the notes on "A Gest of Robyn Hode" [Child 117]. - RBW


  1. Child 142, "Little John a Begging" (2 texts)
  2. Bronson 142, comments only
  3. Leach, pp. 406-408, "Little John a Begging" (1 text)
  4. BBI, RZN2, "All you that delight to spend some time"
  5. Roud #3988
  6. BI, C142


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1663