“Robin Hood Was a Forrester Bold”


"O Robin Hood was a forrester good As ever drew bow in a merry greenwood, And the wild deer will follow, will follow." "Little John with his arms so long, He conquered them all with his high ding dong, And the bugles did echo, did echo."


Cox's text is only a fragment of what was presumably a longer ballad (probably a late broadside, though I find no reference in the Broadside Ballad Index to this particular text). It doesn't look like any of the Child "Robin Hood" ballads, either. But it is traditional, so here it sits until someone figures out its ancestry. - RBW


  1. JHCox 34, "Robin Hood" ( text)
  2. Roud #1303
  3. BI, JHCox034


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1917 (Cox)
Keywords: Robinhood
Found in: US(Ap) Britain(England)